Spicy Pickle Brined Fried Chicken with Pickle Ranch

July 21, 2023

Spicy Pickle Brined Fried Chicken with Pickle Ranch

What happens when you add a pickle brine marinade into your fried chicken recipe? Crispy, spicy, crunchy, tart and tangy fried chicken! Finish it off with a side (or dousing) of pickle ranch dipping sauce.

Marinade Ingredients:

Dredge Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • High heat oil

Pickle Ranch Dipping Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1/2 tbsp sour cream
  • 1/2 tbsp mayo
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2-3 tbsp lemon juice
  • Fresh dill, minced
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Jalapeño Honey Dills pickle brine
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Add all marinade ingredients to a bowl with cut up chicken. Cover with plastic wrap, and leave it in the fridge over night.
  2. Remove chicken from the fridge and the brine, reserving 1/2 cup of brine liquid. Pat chicken dry, and place on a sheet pan with a wire rack.
  3. Add dredge ingredients, except for high heat oil, to a bowl with 1/2 cup of reserved brine liquid. Don't over-mix.
  4. Add pieces of chicken to the dredge, one at a time, until every nook and cranny is coated. Dust off excess dredge, and set aside.
  5. Heat dutch oven with high heat oil, until temperature reaches 300 degrees F.
  6. Fry chicken for 8-10 minutes until crispy.
  7. Drain and cool on a wire racked sheet pan for 30 minutes.
  8. While chicken is cooling, combine pickle ranch dipping sauce ingredients in a bowl. Serve with chicken.

Recipe made in collaboration with Fulla-yum.