Beer Brined Fried Chicken

Beer Brined Fried Chicken

Guys, this whole brining chicken thing is getting OUT OF CONTROL. It is pretty much the only way I makeย chicken now. I’ve messed around with a few different brines. I’ve done rosemary brine, summer savory brined chicken and now, today, I am bringing you this Beer Brined Fried Chicken. Say it with me: Winner. Winner. Chicken. Dinner.

There is nothing better than sitting down to a plate of perfectly fried chicken on a Sunday Dinner? Am I right?

We used to have Sunday dinners with our friends every sunday but a couple of years ago they moved away. I decided, though, that the big Sunday dinner tradition was something that I wanted to keep going. I want it to be a meal that my family and I look forward too every week. As the kids get older, start going to school and hanging out with friends, I want Sunday dinners to be there.

And when I’m talking Sunday dinners, I’m talking comfort food. And lots of it. It can be spaghetti and meatballs or meatloaf or in this case Beer Brined Fried Chicken.

Sunday dinners usually take a lot of planning on my part. And this chicken isn’t much different. There isn’t a whole lot of active time going on but you do have to plan ahead so that the chicken can brine for at least two hours. Better yet, let it brine 4. Once you brine it, it gets tossed in some flour and fried until golden. And with my lid on technique that I mastered with the summer savory brined fried chicken, you can count on the skin to be crispy and the inside succulent.

I rounded out our Sunday dinner with my favorite fried chicken accompaniments: creamy mashed potatoes and summer savory and garlic green beans.

I highly suggest you do the same. You won’t regret it :)

Beer Brined Fried Chicken

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Serves 4 Prep Time: Cook Time:


  • 1 (12 ounce) can light beer
  • 4 cups cool water
  • 1/2 cup kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 8 sprigs fresh dill
  • 6 cloves garlic, crushed slightly
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • 8 chicken pieces (4 chicken thighs and 4 chicken drumsticks)
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • oil for frying



Set oven to 200 degrees. Place a cooling rack on top of a baking sheet and set aside.


Whisk together beer, water, salt and brown sugar until sugar and water dissolve. Add in fresh dill, crushed garlic and black peppercorns.


Place chicken in an resealable plastic bag. Pour brine over the top and seal. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours but not more than 4.


Remove chicken from brine. Rinse and pat dry.


Place flour, garlic powder, salt, dried dill and black pepper in a resealable plastic bag. Place.chicken in flour and shake to coat. Shake off excess, transfer to a plate and allow to set for 15 minutes.


Heat 1 inch oil in a large heavy bottom skillet to 350 degrees. Place 4 pieces of chicken in oil, cover and cook for 7 minutes. Turn, cover and cook for an additional 7 minutes or until meat thermometer registers 165 degrees. Remove lid and cook for 2 more minutes or until golden brown. Transfer chicken to prepared cooling rack and place in warm oven while you cook the remaining chicken.


After the second batch is finished, transfer all chicken to a serving platter, sprinkle with a little more kosher salt. Serve immediately.



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  • I grew up having huge Sunday dinners at my grandmother’s house and have tried to continue the tradition in my own house, it’s especially nice as my kids have grown up and now they invite a friend or two. I’ll have to try this recipe, I love fried chicken but have never brined it. The chicken looks and sounds absolutely delicious!

  • Soooo brined chicken is pretty much the best thing EVER! Seriously, this looks amazing :D That crispy, golden crust is just – ahh everything <3

  • Winner winner chicken dinner! I’m saying it with you cuz this is a winner!!!

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel

    I haven’t had fried chicken in foreeever. This needs to happen soon!

  • This sounds so perfect! I think I should make this the next time my daughter and her family come over!

  • Oh, that breading looks so perfect. It’s breakfast time, but I’m already hungry for dinner!

  • Laura T

    OK, brining with beer wins for the most brilliant thing I have read on the web today! Brining with an alcohol has never occurred to me–and I LOVE cooking with beer! That looks scrumptious!

  • This looks fantastic, amazing flavors!

  • Heather @FrenchPress

    I have been craving fried chicken for weeks now, and brining in beer just puts it over the top

  • Nothing more comforting than beer and chicken IMO :D I’m ashamed to say I’ve yet to try them together – I’ll have to fix that this week! Pinning!

  • Michelle De La Cerda-Nash

    Wow…this looks wonderful, perfectly crispy!

  • This looks SO good! I’ve only ever brined turkey. After seeing this recipe, it’s obviously time to change that! The rosemary brine sounds delicious, too. :)

  • I’ve never made fried chicken at home, but it looks like I’ll need to try it, yours looks perfect!

  • I foresee our Sunday dinner with this delicious brined chicken! Holy yum!

  • Carrie R

    Ummmmm… so, this pretty much sounds amazing! I have to try this asap. :)