What’s more Southern than sweet tea and fried chicken? Nothing. Thanks to the folks over at Black Doctor, we have a delicious new recipe that combines the two for the ultimate Southern dish — sweet tea brined fried chicken.
To start out, you’ll need the following ingredients for the chicken:
4 cups sweetened tea
1/2 cup kosher salt
1 lemon, halved
1 4 1/2- to 5-pound chicken, cut into 10 pieces
For the syrup, you’ll need:
2 cups sweetened tea
1/2 cup sugar
Grated zest of 2 lemons
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
3 or 4 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves stripped and gently chopped
And for the coating or breading, you’ll need:
Peanut or vegetable oil
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
It may look like a lot, but most of the ingredients are things you already have hanging out in your kitchen cabinets.
Let’s start with making the brine. You’ll want to mix two cups of water with the salt and tea. Then, squeeze in the lemon juice before submerging the chicken in the mix and letting it sit for two hours.
The next step is making the syrup. Place a pan over medium heat and add in the tea, sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest. Let it simmer until the consistency turns into a syrup, and then add the salt and thyme to taste.
Then, in a bowl, whisk the eggs, cayenne pepper and a bit of salt and pepper. Pat the chicken dry, then dip each in flour, then the egg mix, and then in the flour again. You’ll want to let the chicken sit for about 15 minutes before cooking.
Now we bake! Pop the chicken in the oven on a greased baking pan for 20 to 25 minutes at 325-degrees, turning the pieces once halfway through.
Voilà! You’re done. Now all that’s left to do is dig in and enjoy!
For more detailed cooking instructions, head on over to Black Doctor.