Nov 042013

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and if you’re looking for a new way to flavor your turkey this year, I highly recommend you brine turkey with Kikkoman Soy SauceI received a free sample of Kikkoman Soy Sauce to facilitate this post. This post contains affiliate links, and I will receive compensation if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

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It’s so easy to brine turkey or chicken!

I have never in my life tried to brine turkey or chicken before.  It always sounded like a really complicated project to take on.  I was recently asked to brine a chicken using Kikkoman Soy Sauce, so I thought I would finally give brining a try and see exactly what it entailed.

This was sort of a pre-Thanksging run for me, and I can’t wait to brine turkey for Thanksgiving now.  Prior to this I had no idea how to brine turkey or chicken, but it was not a complicated process at all, and the results were amazing!!

To brine my chicken, I simply poured water, Kikkoman Naturally Brewed Soy Sauce, dried sage, dried thyme, dried celery seed and Kosher salt in a 5 gallon bucket.  I put my chicken down into the mixture, covered the bucket, and put it in my refrigerator for 8 hours.

How to brine turkey or chicken.

Then, I took my chicken out of the mixture, placed it in a roasting pan with about 6 cups of the liquid from the bucket, and cooked it according to the package instructions.

How to Brine Turkey or Chicken

I was a little skeptical about brining my chicken with soy sauce.  I’ve only used soy sauce in Asian dishes before, and I really had no idea that you could do so much more with it.

I was extremely impressed with the flavor of the chicken, however.  Whenever I have flavored a chicken in the past, I’ve only flavored it on the outside, so only the skin really got flavor.  Brining the chicken allowed the flavor to soak through the entire chicken.  Every single bite was full of flavor, and the chicken was very moist and tender.

How to Brine Turkey or Chicken

If you’d like to try brining a turkey or chicken, here’s how you do it:

How to Brine Turkey or Chicken


2 Gallons cold water
10 oz. Kikkoman Naturally Brewed Soy Sauce
1/2 cup Kosher salt
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons dried sage
2 tablespoons dried celery seed
1 tablespoons dried thyme


The night before roasting, remove giblets and turkey neck; rinse turkey or chicken inside and out.  in a large stockpot or 5-gallon bucket, mix water with remaining ingredients.  Stir well until all the salt is dissolved.  Place the turkey in the pot or bucket, cover with a lid and refrigerate overnight or at least 8 hours.  Remove turkey or chicken from the brine. Follow your regular turkey or chicken cooking instructions.

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Alternate Kikkoman Chicken Brine Recipe:


2 cups Kikkoman Soy Sauce
2 Gallons water
1 1/2 Cups Kosher Salt
8 Cloves minced garlic
2 tablespoons whole black peppercorns
4 dried bay leaves
1/4 Cup Worcestershire sauce
3/4 Cup brown sugar


Combine all ingredients in a large food safe container. Whisk until salt and sugar are totally dissolved. Place meat into brine. Leave in brine about 1 hour per pound of meat. Once done brining, pat meat dry before cooking. Roast the chicken and baste with Kikkoman Soy Sauce.

Will you brine turkey for Thanksgiving this year?



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  8 Responses to “How to Brine Turkey or Chicken for a Wonderful Flavor”

  1. I didn’t realize how easy it was to brine a turkey! thank you for showing me how!

  2. i have never cooked the turkey so this is great to know, thank you!

  3. I did this last year, it turned out delicious! I just love how simple it is to infuse flavor and keep the meat so moist!

  4. I have never brined a turkey before but it looks so good and easy.

  5. I never would have thought to use Kikomans. I usually just use salt and water.

  6. I have used this, and the meat turned out fantastic, but don’t use the drippings for gravy! It was suuuuper salty. Enjoy!

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