Pickle Chicken

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We have been capturing the simple joys in preparing our meals these last couple of weeks and having a good time with this new routine. Since my final move to the peninsula and starting a new job (whew!) my other desire was to get back to cooking. Creative, healthy and delicious food.

We start our meals by stopping at the organic market and purchasing fresh produce for the week. Keeping in line with freshness standards, we eat the most perishable items first and savor the better keeping items as the week progresses. Romaine lettuce is my favorite to purchase, not only for the length that it stays fresh in the fridge but also for the hearty crunch it offers.

From there we find complimentary main dish food to round out a pleasant meal for the close of day. Today we are having a very simple grilled chicken, with a funny name. Pickle Chicken. Our daughter was telling us about the famous chicken sandwiches at Dollywood. And while none of us has ever been, apparently they sell thousands of these chicken sandwiches daily.

I think you could use any pickle brine, at this time we had just finished a jar of pickled Green Beans. Don't be concerned about overdoing it with the brine, we let our chicken marinate all day and it was just right, tender and juicy but not over-salted.

Seriously those kinds of numbers can't be wrong, so let's get the grill warmed up and start grilling. You won't be sorry!

Pickle Chicken, use that pickle brine to marinade and tenderize.
Pickle Chicken

Pickle Chicken

adapted from: a story about the food from Dollywood!

Leftover pickle brine, enough to coat the chicken generously
chicken thighs

Combine brine and chicken, making sure the chicken is coated all over.

Let marinate overnight or all day, if you start the marinade process early in the morning and grill for the evening meal.

Have your husband grill until golden ( Shhhh, but listen carefully, I have found having your husband grill the meat for dinner is what really makes for a quick weeknight meal).


I love an easy meal like this, (and now you know the secret to easy weeknight meals!).


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  1. The idea of pickle chicken really caught my eye. It's kind of like brining a chicken and I bet it's juicy and good. Must give this a try next time we get to the bottom of a pickle jar.

  2. It is so much quicker when someone else is cooking! Marinating chicken in pickle juice is such an easy idea, I can't believe I haven't heard of it before. Will be trying it this summer, for sure!

  3. There is a restaurant near us that has a fantastic pickle chicken sandwich. I always order it when we go there.

  4. Pickles must be one of the greatest food inventions that nobody appreciates. I think most cuisines have some sort of pickles, and I almost always like them. And using up pickle juice is another great idea.

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

  5. Hi Melynda,
    I love a vinegar based marinate and a pickle brine would be delicious, I can't wait to try this recipe and it is so simple. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

  6. Oh my that chicken sounds delicious! What a great idea from Dollywood (I've never been either but I hear it's amazing). And I agree, it is quicker when you hubby grills the chicken! Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop, Melynda. I am glad to hear you are settling well into your new home.


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