Coffee Brined and Grilled Chicken

Juicy Chicken breasts brined and grilled
Juicy Chicken breasts brined and grilled


I have been marinating chicken all my cooking life. It was only recently when I discovered the joys of brining, then I realized WHAT I have been missing all these years.

Brining is a beautiful cooking technique which will make a huge huge difference to your chicken.The process of brining  keeps the chicken plump and moisturized. The result will be , trust me, amazing. If you have never tried brining chicken, do give it a try. It’s absolutely worth it and I am sure you will thank me for it.

The two must ingredients in your brine would be salt and sugar. You can add or remove any other ingredients to suit  your taste. I have brined this chicken with coffee. It gives a beautiful flavor to the chicken and was an absolute hit.

First things first:

  • A quart of water
  • 1/4 cup sea salt
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • One whole lemon sliced
  • 1 tbsp. black peppercorns
  • 1 tbsp. coriander seeds
  • A sprig of rosemary or thyme or any herb of your choice
  • 1/2 cup strong coffee/1 tsp. instant coffee

Heat a cup of water from the quart and add the salt and sugar. Stir till dissolved. I prefer sea salt but you can use table salt.Brown sugar gives a nice caramelized finish to the chicken.Cool it and add the rest of the water and the ingredients. Put in 4-5 chicken breasts and put a weight on it so that the chicken remains submerged. Leave in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.


Remove chicken from the brine and discard the brine solution. Rinse the chicken well. Pat dry and season according to choice. I don’t add salt coz it will  be salty enough. I added paprika powder, lemon juice, garlic paste. Brush with a little butter and sprinkle some red chilli flakes and dried oregano herbs.

Grill on hot coals or in your electric grill. Enjoy moist, juicy succulent grilled chicken like never before. 





Next time you want to grill chicken don’t forget this lovely technique….




16 Comments Add yours

  1. What a great idea, to add coffee to the brine. Looks amazing! 🙂


    1. skdarvesh says:

      Do try it. Its definitely worth a try…


  2. Your recipe indicates ½ cup strong coffee/1 tsp instant coffee. Do you mean both or one? I brined turkey breast at Thanksgiving and it was amazing. Thank you for this recipe.


    1. skdarvesh says:

      Most welcome 🙂
      I meant anyone of them. Either you brew half a cup of coffee without milk and add it to the brine or just add a teaspoon of instant coffee to the hot water in which you have dissolved the salt and the sugar.
      Thanks for stopping by.


  3. alifemoment says:

    Hello there I nominated you for the “Beautiful Blogger Award”

    Liked by 1 person

    1. skdarvesh says:

      Thank you so much. I am honored. More than that, I am super excited 🙂


  4. Philip says:

    A lovely recipe. Wonderfully different to use coffee but it has a lovely subtlety here and does give lovely notes to the overall flavour.


    1. skdarvesh says:

      Thank you for the nice comments. Coffee subtly dramatizes the regular grilled chicken 🙂


  5. boho bobbins says:

    yumyum, looks amazing! id never thought of putting coffee on chicken.


    1. skdarvesh says:

      Thank you. It really works well. Do try it and let me know 🙂


  6. muthahar says:

    I liked this inshallah I will try this


    1. skdarvesh says:

      Do let me know how it turned out….


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