Sweet Tea Chicken


Sweet Tea Chicken

I came across a recipe for Sweet Tea Chicken a few weeks ago and this Southerner knew she had to try it. (I LOVE Sweet Tea. Some of you may not know this but…. I am actually a certified Sweet Tea snob.)

This marinade is so good and easy to make. I have made this recipe with both skinless bone-in (thighs) and boneless chicken (thighs and breasts) both turned out fantastic!

Despite the name, the chicken isn’t sweet…actually you may even want to decrease the salt in the recipe a bit. Because this chicken is so flavorful, you can definitely use a less expensive cut of chicken and still wow the family. I think I paid about $2.50 for a 4 pack of chicken thighs.


Sweet Tea Chicken Recipe Ingredients:

2 iced tea bags (family size)
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup kosher salt
1/2Β Vidalia onion sliced (or any Sweet Onion)
1 lemon, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves
2Β  rosemary sprigs
1 tablespoon cracked pepper
2 cups ice cubes (optional)
4-6 pieces of chicken


Sweet Tea Chicken RecipeΒ Directions:

Some folks brew their tea on the stove. I usually do mine in the microwave. I bring 4 cups of water to a boil and then add 2 family size tea bags. (iced tea bags have a mix of orange pekoe and black teas) You will need to steep for about 10 minutes and then remove and toss the tea bags.


Stir in sugar until dissolved. (You will want to do this while your tea is still hot) Add salt. Allow tea to cool completely (about 45 minutes). You can stir in ice to expedite the process. The tea should be cold before adding chicken.


In a large plastic bag combine chicken, Rosemary, lemons, onions and garlic. Pour in the tea. Seal the bag and place in a shallow dish. Then you will want toΒ  refrigerate for at least 24 hours.


Remove chicken from marinade, discarding marinade and get your grill on or find a good grill man (a special thanks to my husband. He is an a grill artist!) Our grill was about 400 degrees. Chicken should reach at least 165 degrees. (It took about 15-20 minutes depending on the cut and thickness. Remove and let stand 5 minutes before serving.


This recipes = no left overs for us…which is kind of amazing. We did not have a single piece left! I of course served this dish with Sweet Tea. πŸ™‚Β  (May I suggest this Orange Vanilla Iced Tea. It is one of my most pinned recipes.)

I have made this recipe without the Rosemary, Lemon or Onion. It is still very good, but I think it is best with all the ingredients.


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You can follow my Recipes to Try board on Pinterest or you can follow Living Chic on The Cheap Pinterest page here. This recipe was adapted from this recipe.


Other Recipes You May Like:

Lemon Fudge (Only 2 Ingredients)

Orange Vanilla Iced Tea

Pink Lemonade Icebox Pie Recipe

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  1. says

    This sounds very interesting! My granny was from Georgia and always had a pitcher of Sweet Tea on the table in the summer. I loved it as a kid, but it’s way too sweet for me now. We are going camping this weekend and are taking chicken along to grill. I’m going to try this recipe! Thanks!

    • says

      Hi Dawn! Yes, us Southerners love our sweet tea. πŸ™‚ This recipe is so so good. I made it again night before last. I let it marinade for 2 days this last time (I usually only do 1 day)… and it was even better. If you try I would love to know what you think! Have fun camping! -Jessica

      • says

        Oh sweet mercy this was a HUGE hit with my family, who are always guinea pigs for new recipes I find. I’m definitely putting this in my keeper file, thank you! I’ve shared it with several people as well as on my blog’s fb page. Thank you thank you for an easy and amazing recipe!

        • says

          Hi Dawn! I am so glad your family loved the Sweet Tea Chicken. Thank you so much for sharing and coming back to the blog and leaving such a nice comment. Have a wonderful day! -Jessica

  2. says

    This looks very good, but can you give an estimate on how many tea bags to use if you don’t have “family size”? I’m in Canada and have never even seen a family sized tea bag (or even heard of them before)

    • says

      Hi Alexa. Hmmm…I am not sure. All the iced tea bags come in “family size” regardless of the brand here. If I were to compare a “family size” bag to lets say a bag I use to brew a personal cup of peppermint tea….I would say it is about 4 times the size….but that is just an estimate. I have made this recipe several times and what I recommend is just to brew a fairly strong tea. My marinade is always dark. I hope that helps. πŸ™‚ -Jessica

    • says

      Hi Melinda! Thank you for stopping by. It is amazing. My dad has requested an invite every time I make this. haha. I hope you try it. I like it best with the bone in dark meat chicken. I also think it is better if you let it marinate for 2 days. Have a great day! -Jessica

  3. Cynthia says

    I love sweet tea too! What would we do without it? This recipe sounds so delicious. I think I’ll have to give it a try. Thank you for linking at the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you again next week.

  4. says

    Sounds yummy! And I’m liking the idea of marinating in some good Southern sweet tea. πŸ™‚ I hope you can stop on by and share this or any other recipe with us on Five Friday Finds!

    • says

      Hi Bill. This is my “impress company” dish. (It is my only one…but at least I have one) Thanks so much for hosting and for taking the time to stop by and leave a comment. Have a great evening! -Jessica

  5. says

    I think where I’m currently living is considered to be the south-ish, and I’ve still yet to try sweet tea! I think I’ll start with this recipe! πŸ˜€ It looks super good!

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