Arnold Palmer Chicken {Sweet Tea and Lemonade Brined Chicken}

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Arnold Palmer Chicken - Sweet Tea and Lemonade Brined Chicken

Arnold Palmer Chicken {Sweet Tea and Lemonade Brined Chicken} - let the chicken sit in the brine overnight and then grill. SO good! Tons of great flavor! This gets requested weekly at our house. It is definitely a new favorite!
Arnold Palmer Chicken {Sweet Tea and Lemonade Brined Chicken} - let the chicken sit in the brine overnight and then grill. SO good! Tons of great flavor! This gets requested weekly at our house. It is definitely a new favorite!

What is an Arnold Palmer?

It's Masters Week! Yesterday I shared some crazy good Hot Ham and Pimento Cheese Sandwiches. Today I am sharing a delicious chicken recipe - Arnold Palmer Chicken. Arnold Palmer is a legendary golfer and has a famous drink named after him. We love a good Arnold Palmer - half tea, half lemonade. Last year for The Masters, I made Arnold Palmer Cupcakes - so good! This year I decided to make Arnold Palmer Chicken - Sweet Tea and Lemonade Brined Chicken. OMG! SOOOO delicious!

Arnold Palmer Chicken {Sweet Tea and Lemonade Brined Chicken} - let the chicken sit in the brine overnight and then grill. SO good! Tons of great flavor! This gets requested weekly at our house. It is definitely a new favorite!

Why Brine Chicken?

Great question! Brining chicken ensures your chicken will be tender, juicy and packed full of flavor. I mean, nobody likes dry flavorless chicken! For this Sweet Tea & Lemonade brine, I made some really strong tea and added some frozen lemonade concentrate along with salt and spices. Just heat the mixture until the salt and sugar dissolves. It is really important to let the brine cool completely before adding the chicken. I usually add some ice cubes to the cooled brine just to make sure it is cold.

I let the chicken hang out overnight in the brine. Chicken Legs threw it on the grill for lunch and it was fantastic! It had tons of great flavor and it was a little tangy from the lemonade. Chicken Legs has already requested this for lunch one day this week. It is definitely a new favorite!

How to Grill Chicken Breasts

We grill a lot of chicken in our house. We have found that if you pound the chicken to an even thickness the chicken cooks evenly and stays nice and juicy. We put the chicken in a ziplock and use a meat mallet/pounder to gently pound the hump in the breast until it is about the same thickness as the rest of the chicken. We do this before we add any marinade or brine to the ziplock bag. It really makes a HUGE difference! Boneless chicken breasts need about 9 to 10 minutes on the grill to reach an internal temperature of 165ºF.

We use a charcoal grill with a charcoal starter. Here is a quick video showing how to easily use a charcoal starter:





Arnold Palmer Chicken {Sweet Tea and Lemonade Brined Chicken} - let the chicken sit in the brine overnight and then grill. SO good! Tons of great flavor! This gets requested weekly at our house. It is definitely a new favorite!
Arnold Palmer Chicken {Sweet Tea and Lemonade Brined Chicken} - let the chicken sit in the brine overnight and then grill. SO good! Tons of great flavor! This gets requested weekly at our house. It is definitely a new favorite!
Arnold Palmer Chicken {Sweet Tea and Lemonade Brined Chicken} - let the chicken sit in the brine overnight and then grill. SO good! Tons of great flavor! This gets requested weekly at our house. It is definitely a new favorite!
Arnold Palmer Chicken {Sweet Tea and Lemonade Brined Chicken} - let the chicken sit in the brine overnight and then grill. SO good! Tons of great flavor! This gets requested weekly at our house. It is definitely a new favorite!




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Entree
American
Yield: serves 6

Arnold Palmer Chicken - Sweet Tea and Lemonade Brined Chicken

prep time: 30 minscook time: 10 minstotal time: 40 mins
Arnold Palmer Chicken {Sweet Tea and Lemonade Brined Chicken} - let the chicken sit in the brine overnight and then grill. SO good! Tons of great flavor! This gets requested weekly at our house. It is definitely a new favorite!

ingredients:

  • 6 tea bags
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup thawed frozen lemonade concentrate
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 1 small sweet onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 fresh rosemary sprigs
  • 1 Tbsp freshly cracked pepper
  • 2 cups ice cubes
  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded to an even thickness

instructions:

  1. Bring 3 cups water to a boil in a saucepan; add tea bags. Remove from heat; cover and steep 10 minutes.
  2. Discard tea bags. Stir in lemonade, salt, onion, garlic, rosemary and pepper. Cool completely; stir in ice.
  3. Place tea mixture and chicken in a large zip-top plastic freezer bag; seal. Refrigerate up to 24 hours.
  4. Remove chicken from marinade, and grill until done, approximately 10 minutes.




MORE MASTERS INSPIRED RECIPES:
The Masters Egg Salad
The Masters Pimento Cheese
Hot Ham & Pimento Cheese Sandwiches
Arnold Palmer Cupcakes
Augusta National Sour Cream Pound Cake



PRODUCTS USED IN THIS RECIPE:
Meat Pounder
Charcoal Chimney Starter
Charcoal Grill
Instant Read Meat Thermometer 



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7 comments

  1. Thank you for the Master's theme recipes. We are making this chicken this weekend! So excited to watch some golf!

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  2. This chicken is amazing. I made it the other night and could not believe how great it was. I've shared the recipe with all of my friends!

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  4. Can I use the powder Arnold Palmer mix Instead of the tea bags??

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    1. I'm not familiar with that mix. You want to use plain unsweetened tea since you are adding lemonade concentrate and it has the lemon and sugar in it.

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  5. Now if you can just tell me where to get those dark green napkins they give you with your food. You won't find a white napkin at the Masters. If you drop a green napkin on the grass at the Masters nobody sees it. Those guys never miss a trick.

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  6. Steph, since I'm on a Masters role; How do you have 125 acres of grass and not one weed? My wife and I spent 3 days in 2010 looking for one weed. Nope! The Azaleas always bloom just right for the Masters? If they are slow to flower they put hot compost around them to speed them up. If they look like they will bloom to early, they pack ice bags around them.

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