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Can I over-brine chicken breasts?

I set some chicken breasts to brine for a few hours in leftover pickle juice. The juice is very spicy, it's from an empty can of McClure's Spicy Spears. Can I leave them for 24 hours in the fridge or will they be too hot/salty? We planned on cooking tonight but might not be able to any more.

asked by Cheazza about 4 years ago

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Susan W
Susan W

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added about 4 years ago

I've never brined with pickle juice, but I often remove chicken from a brine and waited until the next day to cook it.

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Cheazza
added about 4 years ago

Thanks Susan!

BakerRB
added about 4 years ago

Yes, I think they can be over-brined. I haven't had a flavor problem, but an unpleasant texture. I've found chicken breasts to be weirdly spongy when brined for a long time. I'd take them out as Susan W mentioned she's done.

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Tony S
added about 4 years ago

I regularly brine chicken breasts in pickle juice and leave them in the liquid for just about 24 hours without issue...

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ChefJune
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added about 4 years ago

Yes you can over-brine anything! I would probably take them out of the brine and refrigerate them until tomorrow.

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boulangere
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added about 4 years ago

Brining, in the presence of an acid, is designed to tenderize proteins. But too much is too much. More than probably 12 hours in your pickle juice, which is high in acidic vinegars, may result in your chicken breasts being mushy rather than tender once cooked.

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