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Sweet Tea Fried Chicken

Sweet Tea Fried Chicken is brined in sweet tea for flavor and fried until wonderfully crispy. Chicken doesn't get any more southern than this. A glass of sweet tea is a natural accompaniment to fried chicken so why not combine the two?
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Dish
Cuisine Southern
Keyword fried chicken, sweet tea
Brine 4 hours
Servings 8
Calories 674kcal


  • 2 9-inch or larger cast iron pans


  • 3 cups water
  • 3 tea bags
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 chicken, cut up
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • Vegetable oil


  • Bring water to a boil in a small pot. Stir in sugar until dissolves.
    Add teabags and remove from heat. Let steep for 5 minutes. Remove and discard tea bags and pour tea mixture into a large bowl. Let cool completely.
  • Once tea has completely cooled, add chicken pieces. Turn to coat them. Refrigerate 4 to 24 hours.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs and buttermilk.
  • In a shallow dish, stir together flour, galic salt, lemon pepper seasoning, poultry seasoning, paprika, black pepper and salt.
  • Remove chicken from tea marinade and coat it well in buttermilk/egg mixture. Dredge in flour mixture. Let it sit on the counter while you heat the oil.
  • Pour about 1 inch of vegetable oil into 2 9-inch cast iron pans. Heat oil to about 350. Place white meat in one pan and dark meat in the other pan. 
    Fry white meat about 5 to 6 minutes per side and dark meat 6 to 7 minutes per side. Maintain the oil at about 325 degrees while frying.
    Drain on a paper towel lined plate


Calories: 674kcal