Sweet Tea Brined Fried Chicken Recipe

2017-04-25
  • Servings : 6-8
  • Prep Time : 60m
  • Cook Time : 25m
  • Ready In : 0m

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I don’t fry chicken much anymore as I did in my younger days…

you know, trying to be healthy and all…

but… When I heard about Sweet Tea Brined Chicken…

i just had to try my hand at it!

it certainly did not disappoint!

Ingredients

  • 2 family-size tea bags
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 1 small sweet onion thinly sliced
  • 1 lemon thinly sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced in half
  • 1 TBSP black pepper
  • 2 cups ice cubes
  • 1 cut up whole chicken
  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 cup self-rising corn meal mix
  • 2 TBSP pepper
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Vegetable oil

Method

Step 1

Bring 4 cups of water to a boil in a large saucepan.

Step 2

Add tea bags, cover and steep 10 minutes; discard tea bags.

Step 3

Cool about 45 minutes and add ice cubes.

Step 4

Place liquid in large ziploc bag and add chicken; refrigerate 24 hours.

Step 5

Before cooking, drain chicken well and discard marinade.

Step 6

In a large ziploc bag, add the flour, cornmeal mix and spices; mix well.

Step 7

Add a few pieces of chicken at a time and coat well.

Step 8

In your large frying pan, pour vegetable oil to a depth of 1 1/2 inches.

Step 9

Heat oil over medium high heat to 325 degrees. Fry in batches 15-22 minutes turning occasionally. Watch heat and adjust if necessary so as not to burn.

Step 10

Drain on wire rack and move to serving platter.

Step 11

Enjoy!

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Slice those beautiful lemons, onions and separate and peel the garlic…

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Get the brown sugar and spices ready to add to the liquid…

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Bring 4 cups of water to a boil in a large saucepan…

add the tea bags, remove from heat,

cover and steep 10 minutes…

discard the tea bags, stir in the brown sugar, spices, onions, lemons, garlic;

stir well until brown sugar is dissolved…

Cool 45 minutes…

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Add the ice and chicken…

Place all in a gallon ziploc bag or two and refrigerate 24 hours…

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The next day, drain the chicken and discard marinade…

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Whisk together flour and spices and place in gallon ziploc bag…

Place a couple of pieces of the chicken at a time and shake well to coat each piece…

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In your large frying pan, pour 1 1/2 inch depth of oil…

heat over medium high heat and oil is ready to add the chicken when you sprinkle a bit of flour to the oil and it sizzles…

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Fry in batches for 15-22 minutes turning occasionally…

Decrease heat if getting too brown…

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Gorgeous!!

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Drain on wire rack and place on serving platter…

Enjoy!

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