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Anonymous asked in Food & DrinkCooking & Recipes · 8 months ago

Should I bring chicken before I marinate it?

Making my own nandos style chicken tonight. I was thinking to brine it first for maybe 5 hours and then marinade for a few hours. I've heard brining makes it juicier but then read that marinating does a similar thing. Should I bother brining or will I achieve similar results by just marinading it all day?

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  • 8 months ago

    If the label says anything about something added to enhance flavor, it's been brined.

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  • IvaB
    Lv 5
    8 months ago

    No need to ever brine and marinate the same chicken.(or anything else for that matter).Choose one and stick with that.

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  • denise
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    If its like 'fried' chicken, soaking it in buttermilk for maybe 1/2 an hour to an hour before breading, then helps the flour/breading stick and make the chicken tender when cooked.

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  • 8 months ago

    brining is simply soaking in salted water. will your marinade also include salt?

    If you both brine and marinade, you run the risk of having that chicken so over salted as to be inedible.

    AND FYI what really keeps chicken meat moist is not cooking the living daylights out of it.

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  • 8 months ago

    Do one or the other, not both, unless you have a recipe that specifically directs you to do both.

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  • 8 months ago

    No need to do both, as each tenderizes and helps provide flavor, though marinade is much better for incorporating flavor. 

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  • 8 months ago

    Googled a bit, seems like it might be good to do both- brining adds moisture/seasoning where as marinating tenderizes, could be a good combo.  Just, whenever you try a new recipe or something like that be prepared for it to suck and have enough money to order pizza or run to the store for a pre-cooked chicken or something.

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