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Pickle Brined Fried Chicken

Pickle Brined Fried Chicken

Looking for a juicy fried chicken recipe? Look no further than this Pickle Brined Fried Chicken. Salty with a hint of pickles.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings


  • 2 lbs chicken legs
  • 3 cups pickle brine
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 2 Tbsp salt
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • vegetable oil


  • In a large bowl or gallon zip-lock bag, mix together chicken legs and pickle brine. Place in the fridge and marinade overnight.
  • In a large bowl mix together flour, paprika, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, ground pepper, and salt. In a separate bowl add buttermilk.
  • Take chicken out of brine and shake excess brine off. Dip in buttermilk then in flour mixture. Set on wire rack and let sit 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile heat 4 inches of oil to 350ºF in a large dutch oven or cast iron skillet. Add a few pieces of chicken to the oil and cool until golden brown and thickest part of chicken reaches 165ºF. Drain on paper towels and serve.


Serve this fried chicken with a bit of hot sauce and pickles.
If you do not have enough pickle brine add apple cider vinegar to get to 3 cups.

Perfect Pairing

Serve this Fried Chicken with Southwestern Chopped Salad.
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