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Brown Sugar Brined Chicken

PersonalPoints™ per serving
Total Time
8 hr 40 min
5 min
35 min
Starting with a cut-up chicken instead of a whole bird makes brining so easy—and the results are so flavorful and moist—that you might make a habit of it!



4 cup(s), cold

Packed light brown sugar

3 tsp(s)

Kosher salt

2 tsp(s)

Raw skinless boneless light and dark meat

1¾ pound(s), (1 whole cut-up chicken, about 3 1/2-pounds)

Uncooked onion(s)

1 small, thinly sliced

Garlic clove(s)

4 clove(s), medium, chopped

Bay leaf

3 leaf/leaves


2 tsp(s), whole

Cooking spray

1 spray(s)


  1. Combine water, brown sugar, and salt in large bowl; whisk until salt and sugar dissolve.
  2. Place chicken, onion, garlic, bay leaves, and peppercorns in large heavy-duty zip-close plastic bag. Add water mixture. Squeeze out air and seal bag; turn to coat chicken. Place bag inside large bowl. Refrigerate at least 8 hours or up to 12 hours. Remove chicken from brining solution and pat dry. Discard brining solution.
  3. Spray ridged grill pan with nonstick spray and set over medium heat.
  4. Place chicken in pan and grill, turning occasionally, until chicken is cooked through, 30–35 minutes. Remove skin before eating.
  5. Serving size: 1/6 of chicken