Buttermilk Pickle Brine Fried Chicken

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Pickle Brine Fried Chicken

Love pickles and fried chicken? You can make a delicious buttermilk pickle brine and fry up a delicious chicken dinner. This chicken recipe does require preparing in advance, to allow the chicken to marinate in the delicious brine. And the buttermilk pickle brine fried chicken is worth the wait.

Serve your chicken along side potato salad, baked beans and a slice of espresso chocolate cake.

What Can I do With Leftover Pickle Juice?

Use the pickle brine (what the pickle juice is called) to tenderized and flavor your fried chicken with a little buttermilk and follow this fried chicken recipe.

fried chicken plated with mashed potatoes
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Southern Style Fried Chicken Breasts

Buttermilk and pickle brine fried chicken is perfect for family dinners. Juicy, crispy and bursting with tangy flavor.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Author: Regina Sober


  • 3 boneless chicken breast: trimmed butterflied & no skin
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup pickle juice
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • 3 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • peanut oil to fry chicken


  • Take your chicken breasts and trim any fat off the chicken. You will want to cut the chicken in half (butterfly) so that it is not as thick. This will assist in cooking the chicken evenly.
  • Portion and place the chicken into zip style bags using a holder to keep the bag open.
  • Place 1 cup of pickle juice and 1 cup buttermilk into each bag. Remove any air and gently move around to mix and then seal.
  • Put the full bags into a bowl and place into the fridge and let sit at least an hour, overnight is even better for the chicken to infuse the flavors.
  • FREEZING: If you made extra, now is the time you can place any extra in the freezer. Be sure the bag is not FULL and bulging as liquid expands and it could cause the bag to explode. Chicken will need to thaw before you use it.
  • When you are ready to fry the chicken remove it from the refrigerator as you prepare and gather everything for the next steps..
  • Get a large pan and fill it 1 inch deep with your peanut oil.
  • We need to get the temperature up to 350℉.
  • While the oil is heating, in a bowl add the flour, breadcrumbs, powdered sugar, garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper and mix together.
  • Drain the marinade from the chicken and discard. Dip each piece of chicken in the breadcrumb mixture, coating completely, and then carefully add to the fryer.
  • Fry for 3 to 5 minutes, each side, making sure the temperature of the chicken is 165℉.
  • Place chicken on a wire cooling rack that you have in a baking sheet and allow the chicken to cool, and repeat cooking the rest of your chicken.
  • Cook the remainder of the chicken.
  • Serve with baked beans, potato salad and your favorite biscuits.


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What Ingredients are Needed?

  • chicken breast

  • buttermilk

  • dill pickle juice

  • flour

  • Italian breadcrumbs

  • powdered sugar

  • garlic powder

  • salt & pepper

  • paprika

  • baking powder
    peanut oil (to fry chicken)

What Does Soaking Chicken in Pickle Juice do?

The pickle juice makes the chicken tender and juicy. If the chicken sits in the pickle and buttermilk brine for a day or more, you may notice it turn a little green. This is normal.

What Kind of Pickle Juice Do I Use?

This recipe uses dill pickle juice to brine chicken thighs, chicken breasts and legs. You can use sweet relish if that is your preference, but we have not tested out the taste using sweet pickle juice brine.

What Chicken Do I Use for Brined Fried Chicken?

We have used thinly sliced chicken breasts and chicken legs. You can also use skin on or skinless chicken thighs. Pick the chicken pieces you have and like for this recipe.

flour mix for dredging

How Do I Flavor my Flour Mixture?

Seasoning your dredge is important. We use Italian bread crumbs (add Italian seasoning to yours if you have plain). In additional to that, we use paprika, salt, pepper, powder sugar, garlic powder and baking powder. If you like you can add onion powder.

How To Keep the Chicken From Being Greasy

Deep fry the chicken until it is golden brown is needed to get a good crisp exterior. Remove and place on a baking sheet with a cooking rack. This allows the excess grease to drip off of the chicken as it cools.

Make sure the grease it at 350F and your pan is not crowded. This allows the chicken to cook quickly. Cook the remaining chicken after the first batch is complete.

chicken in peanut oil

What Kind of Oil Do I Use?

We use peanut oil. You can use vegetable oil or another neutral oil if you cannot use peanut oil.

Buttermilk and pickle brine fried chicken is perfect for family dinners.  Juicy, crispy, and bursting with tangy flavor.

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