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Sweet Tea Grilled Chicken

Sweet Tea Grilled Chicken is flavored like a southern summer. Cut-up chicken is brined in a sweet tea mixture with lemon and then grilled until nicely charred. So juicy and flavorful!
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Southern
Keyword grilled
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Marinate 1 day
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6


  • 2 family-sized tea bags
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 1 small sweet onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 2 rosemary sprigs
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups ice cubes
  • 1 chicken, cut up


  • Bring 4 cups of water to a boil in a saucepan. Add tea bags and remove from heat. Let steep 10 minutes. Remove and discard tea bags.
  • Stir in brown sugar, salt, lemon, sweet onion, garlic, rosemary, and black pepper. Let cool for 45 minutes.
  • Add ice cubes. Check to make sure mixture is cool. Pour into a large zip top bag with chicken. Seal and place inside a bowl or baking dish in case any leaks. Refrigerate for 24 hours.
  • Preheat grill to medium. 
    Place chicken on skin side down. Cover and grill 10 minutes. Flip over and grill 10 more minutes. Flip one more time and grill 10 minutes or until cooked through.