Sweet Tea Brined Fried Chicken

sweet tea chickenBrining is a marinade without the harmful effects of acid. A brine adds flavor and keeps the meat tender and juicy. Here’s a great recipe that combines everything you love about southern food: sweet tea and chicken!


For the Brined Chicken:
4 cups sweetened tea
1/2 cup kosher salt
1 lemon, halved
1 4 1/2- to 5-pound chicken, cut into 10 pieces.

For the Syrup:
2 cups sweetened tea
1/2 cup sugar
Grated zest of 2 lemons
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
Kosher salt
3 or 4 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves stripped and gently chopped