Refreshing Lemon Brined Crispy Fried Chicken Recipe Is a Keeper by 30Seconds Food

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23 days ago
Refreshing Lemon Brined Crispy Fried Chicken Recipe Is a Keeper

Just someone saying "fried chicken" can make your mouth water. Fried chicken seems to be a comfort food that brings back memories and makes us, well, happy. This lemon-brined chicken recipe is no exception.

Brining chicken before cooking adds flavor to the bone and makes it super juicy. The brine for this fried chicken recipe is made with the regular players, water and salt, but also includes sugar, garlic, lemon, bay leaves, black pepper and lemon. Mmm. Lots of strong flavors going on. Who would have thought a fried chicken dinner could get better?

This easy fried chicken recipe is brined in a lemon brine before being fried to crispy perfection. Serve this easy brined chicken recipe with extra lemon slices and your favorite side dishes.

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 8 hours to overnight to marinate chicken
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes plus 8 hours plus to marinate

Servings: 4


  • 8 pieces bone-in chicken
  • vegetable oil, for frying


  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 lemons, cut in half
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh thyme


  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 eggs

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Combine all the brine ingredients in a large pot. Stir until sugar has dissolved. Press down on the lemons to release some of their juice. Add chicken, cover and refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight. 
  2. When ready to cook, remove the chicken from the brine and pat dry.
  3. In a shallow dish, combine the flour, garlic powder and onion powder. In a bowl, whisk together the buttermilk and eggs. 
  4. Heat a large skillet with about 2 inches of vegetable oil to 350 degrees F. 
  5. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Dredge the chicken in the flour, then into the buttermilk, then back into the flour. Cook the chicken in the hot oil until browned, crispy on both sides and cooked through (165 degrees F internal temperature), about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove to paper towels. 

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What a fantastic idea to make fried chicken even better 😋
Elisa Schmitz, 30Seconds
Lemon is my favorite secret ingredient. It truly does make everything taste better. Excited about this recipe!
This recipe is a keeper.
Donna John
I need this Right. Now.

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