Garlic-Brined Chicken Thighs

Extremely juicy and flavorful, this chicken is a smash hit.

Serves: 4Hands-on: 10 minutesTotal: 6 hours 30 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 4


  • 1 quart water
  • 1⁄2 cup salt
  • 6 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1⁄4 cup maple syrup
  • 4 chicken thighs, bone-in and skin on (6 oz. each)


  • Boil the water with the salt and the garlic for 5 minutes. Cool in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  • After the brine has cooled, soak the chicken in the brine for 4 hours. Drain, and pat the chicken dry with paper towels.
  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat the chicken with the maple syrup.
  • Place the chicken in a baking dish. Bake for about 20 minutes or until the center reaches 165°F. Serve hot.