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Recipe: Sweet Tea Chicken

Grilled chicken is a summertime classic, and so is a tall glass of iced tea. Put them together and you’ve got a meal that is sure to be a hit. With this recipe, your chicken will be so tender and juicy that you can leave the barbecue sauce in the fridge.

Ingredients

  • 2 tea bags
  • 1 lemon
  • ¼ cup of salt
  • ¼ cup of brown sugar (optional)
  • 2 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • Pepper
  • 3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Instructions for Preparing Sweet Tea Chicken

  1. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil.
  2. Add 2 tea bags and let steep for 15 to 30 minutes.
  3. Add the juice of one lemon, salt, brown sugar, garlic and pepper to create a brine.
  4. Place chicken breasts in a large, sealable plastic bag. Pour the brine over the chicken.
  5. Seal the bag and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  6. Place the chicken on a well-oiled grill over medium heat. Chicken is fully cooked when it reaches 165 degrees.
  7. Remove the chicken from the grill and serve with a tall glass of iced tea!

Looking for other grill recipes? Try our veggie dip or even a banana split—yes, made on the grill!