Pickle Chicken

Hey hey! Today felt LONG. Jack just started a 2.5 week camp that runs from 9-3:45, M-Th and from 9-12 on Fridays. It’s really cool because he was able to select his courses (it reminds me of college!), and he opted for classes on coding, space and business. The only hitch is that it’s FAR and in some pretty heavy traffic. This afternoon Isla and I left to go get him at 3 and didn’t get home until around 4:40. Eeesh. But after day 1, it seems like he enjoyed it… and I’m loving getting one on one time with Isla. Anyone else’s kids behave SO MUCH BETTER when their sibling isn’t around??? Seriously, it’s a night and day difference.

Brian had a work dinner tonight, so I grabbed Chick Fil A for the kids (no shame). I stumbled across a recipe a while back that recommended brining chicken breasts in pickle juice. I actually think it was a recipe for copycat CFA sandwiches. On a whim this morning I put a couple of boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a dish and covered them in leftover pickle juice, then left them in the fridge to marinate all day.

Tonight I removed the breasts from the brine, patted them dry, then sprayed both sides with avocado oil and sprinkled with my Special Shit seasoning (I mean, it just never gets old). After preheating the air fryer, I cooked them at 350 for 10 minutes, “presentation-side” down. Then flipped and cooked for 5 more minutes, removed the breasts from the air fryer and let them rest for 5 minutes.

They were perfect!! I don’t know if it was the brine, the air fryer, or both- but the outside was perfectly crisp and seasoned, and the inside was still juicy. Chicken breasts can be tricky; half the time they end up tough and dried-out. I’m super impressed with these! Another win for the air fryer.

I chopped up one of the breasts and used it to top my favorite summer salad (if you’re not sick of seeing it yet, you will be soon):

  • butter lettuce
  • sliced strawberries
  • thinly sliced red onion
  • avocado
  • blue cheese
  • candied pecans
  • poppyseed dressing

Not a bad dinner! Especially for like 5 minutes of prep.

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