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
1/2 Vidalia onion sliced (or any Sweet Onion)
1 lemon, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves
2 rosemary sprigs
1 tablespoon cracked pepper
2 cups ice cubes (optional)
4-6 pieces of chicken
Sweet Tea Chicken Recipe 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 to 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. 🙂 (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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