Lemon-Garlic Tea-Infused Grilled Chicken


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons loose leaf black tea (Earl Grey or Darjeeling)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley for garnish (optional)


  1. Brew the Tea:

    • In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup of water to a boil. Add the loose leaf black tea and let it steep for 5 minutes. Strain the tea leaves and set the brewed tea aside to cool.
  2. Prepare the Marinade:

    • In a mixing bowl, combine the cooled brewed tea, olive oil, minced garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, honey, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper. Whisk until well combined.
  3. Marinate the Chicken:

    • Place the chicken breasts in a shallow dish or resealable plastic bag. Pour the tea marinade over the chicken, making sure it's evenly coated. Cover or seal the dish/bag and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or up to 4 hours, to allow the flavors to infuse.
  4. Grill the Chicken:

    • Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Remove the chicken from the marinade and discard any excess marinade.
    • Grill the chicken breasts for 6-8 minutes per side, or until they are cooked through and have reached an internal temperature of 165°F (75°C). Cooking time may vary depending on the thickness of the chicken breasts.
  5. Rest and Serve:

    • Once cooked, transfer the grilled chicken breasts to a plate and let them rest for a few minutes to allow the juices to redistribute.
    • Garnish with fresh parsley, if desired, and serve hot with your favorite side dishes, such as roasted vegetables, rice, or salad.

This Lemon-Garlic Tea-Infused Grilled Chicken is a flavorful and aromatic main course that's perfect for summer grilling or any time you want to add a unique twist to your chicken recipe. Enjoy the delicate infusion of tea flavors complemented by the zesty lemon and garlic!