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Brined Chicken Thighs

Isn’t that what everyone is looking for; the most they can get from each and everyday?  Even just being outside and looking at the sky or the birds or the rain and resting your mind for that moment.  Seeing the clouds drift and wishing you could hitch a ride on one, wouldn’t that be fun? Looking for the little red bird that visits each day and calls to you.  And if that little bird is not around for a day or two, you worry but then you hear the call and rush to see and there he is in all his splendor and the day is complete.


8 chicken thighs
Olive oil

For the Brine:

4 cups water
3 tbs. salt
1 tbs. ground black pepper
2 bay leaves
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp. paprika
1 tbs. lemon juice
1 tsp. vinegar

Combine all of the ingredients for the brine in a large pot; add the chicken thighs and refrigerate for at least two to three hours or overnight.

Remove the chicken thighs from the brine and pat dry with a paper towel.

Heat a large frying pan with 2 tablespoons of olive oil.  Add the chicken thighs.  Do not overcrowd the pan. The chicken will not get a beautiful golden color if you do.

When one side is golden gently turn over and cook on the other side.

Cooking time should take about 40-45 minutes on the stove-top or you may bake the chicken with a drizzle of olive oil at 350 degrees for about 40-45 minutes.

Enjoy with Love,


  1. Your chicken looks absolutely delicious. Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. It does look fabulous. I know my DIL brine's her turkey before she cooks it. Hugs. sandie

  3. This looks great! Do you think bone in Chicken breast would also work?

  4. Carherine,
    This looks delicious! I am a breast person. But my husband loves thighs all the way!!! Can't wait to make these for him.
    Have a great weekend. Hope to see you at Tuesday Trivia.
    Wanda Ann @Memories by the Mile

  5. Hi Tammy,
    Delicious and yummy looking chicken and fantastic way of marinating it!
    Cheers and hope you have a fantastic weekend.

  6. Ahhhh, chicken thighs. My most favorite part of the bird. :) I feel like everyone always passes them by for the much healthier (and often drier) chicken breast. So delighted to see someone else is cooking with thighs, I'm not the only one! :)

    Have a great weekend Catherine!

    Meggan @ Culinary Hill

  7. Another classic recipe! It looks delicious.

  8. Catherine, Nice looking fried chicken! Love chicken...and brined, then fried sounds like a great combo! Thanks and Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  9. I haven't brined anything for a while - I think it's time I did!

  10. I cannot believe it, but I STILL haven't tried to brine anything! These look so delicious! I'll be putting this in my "to try" pile!! Thank you, Catherine. blessings ~ tanna

  11. I love the simplicity of your seasoning and the perfection of your cooking. Thanks for sharing your chicken with us on foodie friday.

  12. I have brined chicken before and it does come out FANTASTIC! Great recipe! Thanks for sharing with Foodie Friends Friday! Hope to see you again next week.

  13. Oh, my. These look so crispy and irresistible!!!


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