Sweet Tea Barbecued Chicken

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 1 hour


8 servings

Updated: Feb. 10, 2022
Marinades sometimes use coffee or espresso, and that inspired me to try tea and apple juice to perk up this sauce. —Kelly Williams, Forked River, New Jersey


  • 1 cup unsweetened apple juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons seafood seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1 chicken (4 to 5 pounds), cut up
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup sweet tea


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Pour apple juice and water into a large shallow roasting pan. Mix seafood seasoning, paprika, garlic powder and pepper; rub over chicken. Place in roasting pan.
  2. Bake, covered, until juices run clear and a thermometer reads 170° to 175°, 50-60 minutes. Transfer chicken to a foil-lined 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Whisk barbecue sauce and sweet tea; brush some mixture over chicken.
  3. Place chicken on greased grill rack; grill over medium heat 3-4 minutes per side, brushing occasionally with remaining sauce.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 374 calories, 17g fat (5g saturated fat), 104mg cholesterol, 608mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 1g fiber), 33g protein.