Tea-Thyme Grilled Chicken

Tea-Thyme Grilled Chicken

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

Southern Living MARCH 2005

  • Yield: Makes 6 servings
  • Prep time:20 Minutes
  • Chill:1 Hour
  • Grill:8 Minutes


  • 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.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 155
  • Calories from fat: 14%
  • Fat: 2.5g
  • Saturated fat: 0.5g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 0.8g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.6g
  • Protein: 28g
  • Carbohydrate: 3.9g
  • Fiber: 0.2g
  • Cholesterol: 68mg
  • Iron: 0.9mg
  • Sodium: 271mg
  • Calcium: 21mg

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