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Tea-Thyme Grilled Chicken

Prep time 20 mins
Chill time 1 hr
Grill time 8 mins
Yield Makes 6 servings
Pounding the chicken breasts makes them even and thinner, reducing the grilling time.


  • 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

Nutrition 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

How to Make It

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.)

  4. 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.

  5. *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.

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