Pickle Juice Marinated Chicken Thighs (Whole30)

This pickle juice marinated chicken recipe has an amazingly good flavor. Chicken thighs are marinated in pickle juice, dredged in the mixture of spices and coconut flour, then seared to perfection. Pickle juice tenderizes the meat so it comes out moist and tender. I’m telling you – try these and you’ll be hooked!
Pickle Juice Marinated Chicken Thighs (Whole30)


  • 8 chicken thighs (boneless, skinless)
  • 1/2 cup dill pickle juice (I used juice from Trader Joe's Kosher Dill Pickles, make sure you read your labels for Whole30)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon coconut milk
  • 3 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons ghee (or butter, if not Whole30)
Prep time:
2 hours, 10 minutes
Cook time:
15 minutes
Total time:
2 hours, 25 minutes
Yield: 4 servings | Prep time: 2 hours, 10 minutes | Cook time: 15 minutes | Total time: 2 hours, 25 minutes


1. Place chicken thighs into a large ziplock bag, pour pickle juice over chicken. Shake the bag, close and refrigerate for 2 hours (don't leave overnight).

2. In a small bowl, whisk together egg and coconut milk.
3. Open the bag and pour out pickle juice. Add egg mixture to the bag, close and shake to coat chicken. Let stand while you do the next step.

4. In a bowl, mix together coconut flour, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt and pepper.
5. Open the bag, pour out the egg mixture. Add dry ingredients mixture. Close the bag, shake it and rub it to make sure chicken gets a nice coating (it will take a couple of minutes).

6. In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons ghee. Fry chicken thighs for about 4 minutes per side, until golden brown.

7. Reduce the heat and cook for another 5-7 minutes (flipping occassionaly), until cooked through. The internal temperature should be at least 165F (75C). Enjoy!

Products I recommend for this recipe

Coconut Flour

Coconut Flour
Garlic Powder

Garlic Powder
Onion Powder

Onion Powder


Coconut Milk

Coconut Milk


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This was so good. Thank you

Guest September 29, 2020 4:34 PM
Fit into my keto diet always love that. I used flattened chicken breast instead.

Chicken pickle brine

Guest August 18, 2020 1:21 PM
Curious you commented brining for only 2 hours? Why? I have a chicken breast and want to cut it up to make nuggets and brine them.

cooking methods

Guest January 22, 2020 12:00 PM
My sister air fried the chicken and said it was delicious! I'm wondering if I could bake the chicken?

Julie Seyler

Guest October 17, 2017 4:15 PM
I hate throwing out the juice after I've eaten all the pickles - this is a great use for it (plus I love the flavor!). The chicken looks so juicy in the final shot. Can't wait to try this. Thank you for sharing!

Guest October 15, 2017 11:27 PM
I've never thought to marinate chicken in pickle juice. That sounds delicious! Maybe I'll give this a shot for my next meal prep.


Guest October 13, 2017 6:50 PM
That looks totally delicious. I bet the pickle brine helps with tenderizing the chicken.

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