Brined Chicken Breast with Garlic and Crispy Sage

This BRINED CHICKEN BREAST with Garlic and CRISPY SAGE is one of our favorite easy meals for entertaining guests or a delicious night at home. You won’t believe how tasty these simple garlic and sage chicken flavors are until you try them all together. The garlic brine makes the chicken SO TENDER and JUICY!

Garlic Brine Chicken Breast in skillet

How To Brine Chicken Breast with Garlic and Crispy Sage

This Brined Chicken Breast recipe features a flavorful garlic brine and crispy sage.

There’s nothing better than an easy and DELICIOUS chicken meal. It’s something we are always looking for in our family. I may just love a staple chicken dish even more than I love cheesy dips. MAYBE.

Some of my favorite easy weeknight recipes from the blog include:

But there’s always room for another amazing and easy chicken recipe on The Cookie Rookie, so I’m so excited to share this Garlic Brine Chicken Breast with Crispy Sage today! It’s SO DARN GOOD!

This Garlic Brine Chicken Breast with Crispy Sage will be added to your favorite dinner recipes in no time!

Brine Chicken Breast with crispy sage leaves in pan

What is Brined Chicken Breast?

Brined Chicken Breast is super moist, tender, and flavorful–who wouldn’t want that?!

Brining is a method of seasoning the chicken breast, much like marinating. The great thing about brining is that it keeps the chicken moist in addition to adding flavor.

How to Brine Chicken Breast:

To make this brine, simply add salt to water plus any other seasonings you want. For this garlic and sage chicken breast recipe, we also add sage leaves and garlic to the brine.

Once you have your brine, let the chicken breast soak. Make sure it is fully emerged in the garlic brine solution.

How long does Brined Chicken Breast take?

How long to let your brined chicken breast soak depends on the recipe. For this recipe, let the chicken soak for about 15 minutes in the garlic and crispy sage brine.

A few things to note:

  • If you leave your chicken breast in the brine solution for too long, the meat might become too salty
  • In this case, you can rinse the chicken
  • However, washing the chicken after soaking in brine is not necessary

15 minutes is a good amount of time to brine and leaves the brine chicken breast plenty flavorful and moist without being too salty.

Garlic Chicken Breast topped with crispy sage in frying pan

Garlic Brined Chicken Breast Recipe with Crispy Sage

We adapted this recipe from one of my very favorite cookbooks, The New Easy from Donna Hay. I have loved Donna Hays website (click HERE to check it out) for a long time, but just recently fell in absolute love with her cookbooks. She is so approachable and makes the most delicious recipes.

PLEASE check her out! We didn’t change this much from the cookbook, but made little tweaks like frying the sage separately to make it extra crispy. The flavor combo of the garlic and sage chicken is something I would have never explored on my own, but it’s my new favorite. You MUST try it.

Garlic and sage Chicken Breast in skillet

Close up of brine chicken breast topped with sage leaves

Pat had leftovers of this Garlic Brine Chicken Breast with Crispy Sage when he came home from work and was blown away. He’s usually quite understated with his critiques, but this one got a big stamp of approval. It’s just so juicy and flavorful. An instant EASY favorite. Winner winner, chicken dinner!

 

See the recipe card for details on how to Brine Chicken Breast with Garlic and Crispy Sage. Enjoy!

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This BRINE CHICKEN BREAST with Garlic and CRISPY SAGE is one of our favorite easy meals for entertaining guests or a delicious night at home. You won't believe how tasty these simple garlic and sage chicken flavors are until you try them all together. The garlic brine makes the chicken SO TENDER and JUICY!

Garlic Brined Chicken with Crispy Sage

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 277 kcal
Author: Becky Hardin | The Cookie Rookie
This BRINE CHICKEN BREAST with Garlic and CRISPY SAGE is one of our favorite easy meals for entertaining guests or a delicious night at home. You won't believe how tasty these simple garlic and sage chicken flavors are until you try them all together. The garlic brine makes the chicken SO TENDER and JUICY! Adapted from The New Easy by Donna Hay
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Ingredients

  • 4 cups cold water
  • 1/3 cup table salt
  • 20 sage leaves divided
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons good olive oil divided
  • Garnish: Fried sage leaves

Instructions

  1. Place the water and salt in a large bowl. Stir until salt is dissolved. Add 8 sage leaves, minced garlic and chicken; stir gently. Be sure liquid covers the chicken and allow to stand for 15 minutes.
  2. Transfer chicken to a paper towel-lined plate and pour the liquid over a mesh strainer to reserve the sage leaves and garlic. (No need to reserve the water brine.)
  3. Pat the chicken dry with a paper towel.
  4. Heat a large non-stick or well-seasoned skillet until warm. Add butter and 2 tablespoons oil and heat over medium heat.
  5. Add chicken and cook 5 minutes.
  6. After 5 minutes, add reserved sage and garlic (from the brine).
  7. Turn the chicken and cook another 3 minutes.
  8. Reduce heat to low, cover the pan with a lid and cook 2 minutes.
  9. Test the chicken with a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the breast. Chicken breasts are done when the internal temperature is 160°F.
  10. If needed, replace the lid and cook just until chicken is done.
  11. Remove from the heat (keep lid on) and let rest for 2 minutes.
  12. While the chicken rests, fry the sage leaves: If necessary, add 1 tablespoon more oil to the pan. Heat oil over medium heat. Place the extra 12 sage leaves in the hot oil and cook for 3-5 seconds per side or until crispy. Turn off heat and transfer leaves to a paper towel to dry.
  13. To serve the chicken:
  14. Place chicken breasts on a serving dish and drizzle with the pan juices. Top with crispy sage leaves.
  15. Enjoy!

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Nutrition Facts
Garlic Brined Chicken with Crispy Sage
Amount Per Serving
Calories 277 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 87mg 29%
Sodium 9563mg 398%
Potassium 430mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 1g 0%
Protein 24g 48%
Vitamin A 4.8%
Vitamin C 2.8%
Calcium 2.5%
Iron 4.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Comments

Juzz
This looks delicious. I like to eat chicken and this recipe is not DIFFICULT to do. Adding sage leaves is interesting.
becca weiss
Looking forward to trying this in a couple of days. are the chicken breasts skinless?
KDH
With fresh sage in the garden and fresh garlic to be harvested, I had to try this recipe. Oh my goodness! Who knew fried sage could be so wonderful or this combo so luscious. DH and I loved every bite!
    Becky Hardin
    Yay! I'm so glad you loved it and that you tried the fried sage. One of our favorites! Thanks for saying hi :)
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