Lemon Pepper Iced Tea Chicken
I’m so excited to share this Lemon Pepper Iced Tea Chicken with you. Now that Memorial Day has passed, it’s officially grilling season and this is my new favorite marinade by far. Tart, sweet, peppery, garlicky – I can’t get enough! One of the great things about my job is getting to partner with some of my favorite brands, so when Pure Leaf asked me to develop a recipe* using their iced tea as an ingredient I started brainstorming right away. I have been a huge fan of their product for years! It has a true, authentic, fresh brewed flavor because it’s brewed from real tea leaves. You really can taste the difference.
Since Pure Leaf Iced Tea has such a great real tea taste I thought it would work really well lending its flavor in a marinade. I added lemon and honey because they pair so beautifully with tea and then gave it a savory twist with garlic and freshly cracked black pepper. The blend of flavors turned out perfectly, and you can tastes notes of every ingredient in each bite of chicken. My fiancé ended up doing the grilling (he is the Grillmaster in our household) and he snuck a taste before bringing the chicken in. I knew it was a hit because when he came inside he said something to the effect of “OMG yes, you need to try this. It’s so good” So that’s another ringing endorsement if you need one!
One of the other reasons I’m excited to partner with Pure Leaf this Summer is their work with Wholesome Wave. Wholesome Wave is a nonprofit organization with a mission to increase access to (and affordability of) fresh, locally grown food through programs that work with neighborhood farmer’s markets and encourage those in under-served communities to make healthier choices and buy local produce. Through their “Share the Love of Leaves” campaign, Pure Leaf has already donated $100,000 to assist Wholesome Wave with their efforts, and you can help them to donate more! For every social engagement from fans on Pure Leaf’s Facebook or Tumblr, and use of the #loveofleaves hashtag on Instagram and Twitter, Pure Leaf will donate an additional dollar to the cause, up to another $50,000. That means you can help Wholesome Wave fulfill their mission just by following those links and hitting “like” – how easy is that? If Pure Leaf reaches their goal of a full $150,000 donation it will help Wholesome Wave provide 100,000 pounds of fresh, local grown fruits and vegetables in communities all across the country. That’s worth a “like” isn’t it?
I can’t wait to hear how much y’all love this marinade – I’m making it again this week!
*I have partnered with Pure Leaf as part of their 2014 “Share the Love of Leaves” campaign. I have been compensated for my time commitment to work with their product, however my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments. Want more from Pure Leaf? Follow them on Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest!
Lemon Pepper Iced Tea Chicken
Yield: 4 servings
- ½ cup unsweetened Pure Leaf Iced Tea
- Juice from one lemon
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper (the kind you grind yourself)
- 1 fresh rosemary sprig
- 4 (6 oz) boneless skinless chicken breasts or cutlets – 1 ½ lbs total
- Combine all marinade ingredients in a one gallon Ziploc bag and stir until well combined. Add the chicken breasts to the bag and coat with the marinade. Make sure the breasts are covered in marinade and refrigerate for 8 hours.
- Pre-heat the grill until hot (ours was set at medium temperature). Remove the breasts from the marinade and place on the hot grill. Cook through, flipping as needed. Ours took 10-12 minutes to cook but depending on your grill, cooking times may vary.
Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints*:
1 per serving (SP calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com), a serving was 3 SP on the previous program
Weight Watchers Points Plus*:
5 per serving (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
206 calories, 2 g carbs, 1 g sugars, 2 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 41 g protein, 0 g fiber (from myfitnesspal.com)
*Just a note about the nutrition information and Weight Watchers Points for this recipe: If you plug the full amounts of the marinade ingredients listed into a nutrition calculator you will get different nutrition info than I have listed. Since so much of the marinade gets thrown out, I decided to weigh the marinade before adding the chicken and then again after removing the chicken the next day and calculate the nutritional values based on the amount of marinade that actually gets consumed. The totals above should be pretty accurate reflections of what actually makes it onto your plate!
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