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Brined chicken wings
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Brine for Chicken Wings

This easy brine for chicken wings produces tender and flavorful chicken wings.
Prep Time10 mins
Brining Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 272kcal
Author: Laura


  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 1/8 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 lb chicken wings


  • Mix together the first four ingredients until the salt and sugar are dissolved. Add the chicken, making sure the brine fully covers the chicken. Cover and store in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or up to 24 hours.
  • Remove the chicken from the brine. Discard the brine. Rinse the chicken wings under cold water. Pat dry with a paper towel.
  • Cook following your preferred method.



  • You can add optional seasonings to the brine for additional flavor. Try 1 tsp of black pepper, oregano, garlic, thyme, or rosemary. You can also replace the plain salt with a seasoned salt.
  • You can brine the wings as little as two hours, which is optimal, but you can brine for longer, if necessary, up to 8 hours. Mix up the brine in the morning before work and it will be done by the time you get home to cook dinner.
  • For more robust flavor, you can replace the salt with more soy sauce. Use 1/4 cup of full-sodium soy sauce instead of salt.


Calories: 272kcal | Protein: 22g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 89mg | Potassium: 191mg | Vitamin A: 180IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg