Wednesday, June 24, 2015

sweet tea brined chicken

I've always wanted to try sweet tea brined chicken, and when I decided to do a week with iced tea, I thought it was a perfect time to try this recipe.  I am kicking myself for not trying it sooner because it was AWESOME!  Plus it was so easy!  This is perfect for your next BBQ!

sweet tea brined chicken
 {sweet tea brined chicken}

sweet tea brined chicken
{brining the chicken}

sweet tea brined chicken

makes 4 servings

2 family-size tea bags
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup kosher salt
1 small sweet onion, thinly sliced
1 lemon, thinly sliced
3 garlic cloves, halved
2 (6-inch) fresh rosemary sprigs (1 tablespoon dried rosemary or 1 tablespoon dried thyme works as well)
1 tablespoon freshly cracked pepper
2 cups ice cubes
2 pounds chicken thighs, boneless and skinless
green onions, chopped and optional for garnish
  1. Bring 4 cups water to a boil; add tea bags. Remove from heat; cover and steep 10 minutes.
  2. Discard tea bags. Stir in sugar and next 6 ingredients, stirring until sugar dissolves. Cool completely (about 45 minutes); stir in ice. (Mixture should be cold before adding chicken.)
  3. Place tea mixture and chicken in a large container appropriate for marinating. 
  4. Place in fridge and chill 24 hours. 
  5. Remove chicken from marinade, discarding marinade; pat chicken dry with paper towels.
  6. Grill chicken until done, about 15-20 minutes.
  7. Serve.
Have you ever tried sweet tea brined chicken?  

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