Tea-Thyme Grilled Chicken

Pounding the chicken breasts makes them even and thinner, reducing the grilling time.


Makes 6 servings

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Prep: 20 Minutes
Chill: 1 Hours
Grill: 8 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 155
Caloriesfromfat 14 %
Fat 2.5 g
Satfat 0.5 g
Monofat 0.8 g
Polyfat 0.6 g
Protein 28 g
Carbohydrate 3.9 g
Fiber 0.2 g
Cholesterol 68 mg
Iron 0.9 mg
Sodium 271 mg
Calcium 21 mg


6 skinned and boned chicken breasts
1 cup orange juice
3 tablespoons unsweetened instant iced tea mix*
2 teaspoons sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons chopped fresh or 2 teaspoons dried thyme
1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon rind
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
Vegetable cooking spray


Place chicken between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap, and flatten to a 1/2-inch thickness, using a meat mallet or rolling pin. Place chicken in a shallow dish or large zip-top plastic freezer bag.

Stir together orange juice and next 7 ingredients. Reserve 1/2 cup orange juice mixture; set aside. Pour remaining mixture over chicken. Cover or seal and chill 1 hour, turning occasionally. Remove chicken from marinade, discarding marinade. Sprinkle chicken evenly with pepper and 1/2 teaspoon salt.

Coat cold grill rack with cooking spray, and place on grill. Grill chicken over medium-high heat (350° to 400°) 4 minutes on each side or until done. (Do not overcook.)

Place reserved orange juice mixture in a microwave-safe glass measuring cup; cover loosely with plastic wrap. Microwave at HIGH 1 to 2 minutes or until bubbly. Serve with chicken.

*Substitute 1 family-size tea bag or 4 single-serve tea bags for unsweetened tea mix. Microwave orange juice at HIGH for 1 minute. Steep tea bag in hot orange juice 10 minutes. Remove tea bag. Chill orange juice mixture while preparing chicken. Proceed with recipe as directed.

Note: For testing purposes only, we used Nestea Unsweetened instant iced tea mix.