Brining is the process of submerging a cut of meat in a solution – like this lemon and herb chicken brine for a delicious roasted chicken recipe!
People often connect brines with the idea of Thanksgiving, but they are something that can be done year round. The meat absorbs extra liquid and salt, resulting in a juicier and more flavorful final dish.
Brining also prevents you from overcooking your chicken, so if that is something you struggle with, this is your solution!
I love that brining is mostly hands off and only takes about 15 minutes to prepare. However, make sure to give yourself enough time because it is best to let it sit for 12-24 hours.
My sister, Megan, makes the most delicious Roasted Chicken with Potatoes, Garlic and Vegetables that pairs perfectly with this brine. Check out the recipe and make them together for a great date night or dinner party meal.
- 1 Gallon Water
- 1/2 Cup Kosher Salt
- 2/3 Cup Brown Sugar
- 2 Tbsp. Garlic Powder
- 2 Bay Leaves
- 2 Lemons, sliced
- 2 Sprigs Rosemary
- 1 Sprig Sage
Bring ingredients to boil and simmer for at least 5 minutes.
Allow brine to cool completely. Submerge chicken in brine and place in the refrigerator for