RECIPE: Mwalim's Honey - Maple-Brined Chicken

Here is a (very slight) healthier version of a popular southern recipe.


3 Cups of Ice Cold Water
1/4 cup of kosher salt
1/4 cup of honey
1/4 cup of pure maple syrup
2 lbs of boneless, skinless chicken
1/4 cup of Buttermilk
1 cup of corn meal
1 teaspoon of black pepper
Teaspoon of garlic powder
Teaspoon of onion powder
Cayenne pepper to taste
Olive or Canola oil for frying

  1. Mix cold water, kosher salt, syrup and honey in a large bowl; stir until salt dissolves. Add chicken breasts, and weigh them down with a plate to keep them completely submerged. Cover entire bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 12 hours.
  2. Remove bowl from refrigerator; drain and dry chicken. Pour buttermilk over chicken in a large bowl. Set aside at room temperature for 45 minutes.
  3. Combine corn meal, black pepper, garlic, onion, and cayenne pepper in a large bowl.
  4. Coat each chicken piece in meal mixture until well covered on all sides; place coated chicken pieces on a cooling rack to dry for 15 minutes.
  5. Heat oil in a large skillet to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Cook chicken breasts until browned and no longer pink in the center, about 10 to 15 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).
  6. Transfer chicken to a cooling rack; allow to cool for 5 minutes.