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Crispy Soy Brined Chicken Thighs
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5 from 4 votes

Brined Chicken Thighs

These brined chicken thighs yield tender juicy meat infused with a seasoned soy sauce blend resting under shatteringly crisp skin. 
Prep Time2 hrs 10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time2 hrs 30 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 288kcal


  • 4 chicken thighs
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  • ½ cup Kosher Salt
  • 4 cups Water
  • ½ cup Kikkoman Soy
  • 4 tablespoon Sugar
  • 14 Black Peppercorns
  • 2 cloves Garlic crushed


  • Combine all brine ingredients into a saucepan and boil for 10 minutes, or until dissolved.
  • Remove saucepan from heat and let cool completely. (It can be placed in refrigerator or freezer for faster cool down)
  • Once the brine has cooled pour it into a food safe bag. Add the chicken thighs and seal bag tightly. Place everything in the refrigerator and brine chicken thighs for two hours.
  • Remove the chicken andd discard brine after two hours.. Pat the chicken thighs dry with paper towel.
  • Heat oil in a skillet and add chicken thighs, skin side down, and sear on medium high heat for roughly 8 minutes, or until skin has crisped and browned.
  • Place chicken, skin side up on baking sheet, or oven safe skillet drained of oil, and bake in preheated 450 degree oven for ~10-15 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
  • Let meat rest for 5 minutes while it cools, and serve.


Cooking time will vary depending on the size of the chicken thighs, I highly recommend you rely on a kitchen thermometer.
Brining the chicken in a large sealable plastic bag ensures the meat will be fully covered by the brine solution more easily than using a rigid container. Placing a heavy plate on top of the bag will help keep the meat submerged.


Calories: 288kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 1676mg | Potassium: 249mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 90IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg