Sweet Tea and Chicken…yes!

Y’all.  This chicken.  And tea.  As a brine??? Oh yeah.   y’all. Man.

I have seen, I have read, and I have even bought “Smokin Sweet Tea” by McCormick’s as a marinade and knew I should be able to replicate a marinade from all that I have read.  (I read a lot…especially in the recipe category!)

So I set out to do exactly that.  I got some chicken tenders.  I took some sweet tea (homemade, of course, cause that’s always the best kind), added some salt (about a tablespoon – I actually used a bit more and figure it might have been a bit too much)  and threw in the tenders.

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See, there they are marinating.   The longer they can marinate the better.  I marinated mine for about 5 hours. (maybe 4 1/2 to be exact).  Then I took a bowl and put about a half cup of tea, and a cup of buttermilk and mixed that together with about two to 3 tsp. hot sauce (more if you want a kick).   Then in another bowl I took about a cup and a half of flour, about a half teaspoon pepper, threw in some garlic powder, a pinch of cayenne pepper, a teaspoon of salt, and about a half to 3/4 cup of corn meal for extra crunch and mixed that all up real good.

Then I dipped each chicken tender in the buttermilk/tea mix and then in the flour mix and fried them up in a cast iron skillet that I had let get good and hot with some canola oil.

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See how crispy and good they look?   Well, they were.   Next time I use this recipe I am using a whole chicken, cut up, bone in, and I will fry the chicken until crisp, lay the pieces on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and bake in the oven until done through and through.   That chicken will be crispy, moist and good and done.

Try it.  What a great flavor!   And come back and tell us how you liked it.

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