This and that: Lime Tea Chicken - Crazy Ingredient Challenge

Friday, May 20, 2016

Lime Tea Chicken - Crazy Ingredient Challenge

A delicious moist chicken recipe   marinated in black tea and lime juice made for our Crazy Ingredient Challenge.

Lime Tea Chicken

A delicious chicken recipe marinated in black tea and lime juice

This month's ingredients for our Crazy Ingredient Challenge is Lime and Black Tea.  I love doing these challenges and trying to think outside the box.  So this month I decided to really think outside the box and make a savory dish with these two ingredients.

I marinated the chicken in the tea and it was so good.... Moist and tender and delicious.  I had some cold brewed tea in the fridge that I used.

4-6 chicken breasts
3/4 - 1 cup black tea *
Juice of 2 limes (approx 1 1/2 tbsp)
Lime Zest (approx 1 tsp)
1 tsp basil
1 tsp rosemary
1 tbsp oil

Cut or pound your chicken so that all pieces are approximately the same size.
Brew black tea -  have cold brewed tea in my fridge (recipe below)
To tea add  lime juice, lime zest, basil, and rosemary.
Place chicken in tea mixture and place in fridge for 1 - 4 hours to marinate.
In  frying pan, heat oil on medium high heat.
Place Chicken in oil and cook until chicken is golden brown and cooked through (approx 4 minutes per side).
I did add a small amount of the marinade over the chicken as I was cooking it.

Cooks Notes:  I made cold brewed tea by placing 3 -4 tea bags in 4 cups of cold filtered water and let sit for 1 - 8 hours.   I usually brew it overnight.  Keep in fridge and use as needed.  Tastes great in an iced tea.  

A delicious chicken recipe marinated in black tea and lime juice

This recipe was enjoyed the first night warm with zucchini and carrot noodles drizzled with balsamic reduction and then I have been enjoying the chicken with my salad... even better days later.

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  1. Could you taste the tea? Or just the spices?

    1. The tea taste is a subtle taste but still there. I think because I used a cold brew method for my tea you can taste it more than if you use a hot brewed method

  2. I like your addition of the rosemary, Marlys. I'll have to give this one a try next time I need a marinade.

    1. Thanks Audrey.. I thought it worked well in this recipe.

  3. This looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing it with the CIC this month.

  4. Sounds yummy! I still have a lime left so I might have to try this.

    1. thanks.. let me know what you think if you make it Robin.

  5. Looking great, Marlys! I am already thinking about how to switch up the flavour just by using a different kind of tea.

    1. Yes I think it would work with many different types of tea... even some herbal teas would be great.


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