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Sweet Tea Fried Chicken Bites

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Sweet Tea Fried Chicken Bites
  • Prep Time 2 hr 0 min
  • Total Time 3 hr 0 min
  • Servings 25
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Sweet Tea Fried Chicken Bites

No need to mix up a complicated brine for your chicken. Just use sweet tea! These are the perfect little fried appetizer bites.

Ingredients

2
pounds chicken breasts, cubed
4
cups sweet tea
1
tablespoon kosher salt
2
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
Salt and pepper
4
large eggs, whisked
2
cups Progresso™ Italian-style bread crumbs
2
cups vegetable oil, for frying
Mustard or ranch dressing, for serving

Directions

  • 1 Cube chicken breasts into about 1-inch cubes. Each bite should be 1-2 ounces in size. In a large bowl, dissolve 1 tablespoon kosher salt in 4 cups of sweet tea. Add chicken cubes and marinate in refrigerator for 2 hours.
  • 2 Drain chicken bites well. Prepare three bowls for breading: One with flour and a big pinch of salt and pepper, one with whisked eggs, and one with Progresso™ bread crumbs.
  • 3 Working with a few chicken cubes at a time, toss them in the flour to coat, then transfer to egg, then finally coat with bread crumbs. Place breaded chicken bites on a clean plate while you do the others.
  • 4 When all chicken cubes are breaded, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. The oil should come about 1/2-inch up the skillet. (Alternatively, you can use a deep-fryer.)
  • 5 When oil is hot (350ºF), add chicken in batches in a single layer in the pan. Let fry for about 3 minutes until nicely browned. Then flip all the bites with tongs and fry for another 3-4 minutes until cooked through.
  • 6 Remove chicken bites and let drain over a wire rack or on a paper towel while you cook the others.
  • 7 Serve warm chicken bites with ranch dressing or mustard for dipping. You can also reheat leftover bites in a 350ºF oven for a few minutes.
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Sweet tea isn't just for drinking anymore. It makes a great chicken brine, too!

As prepared by Macheesmo,

Why brine your chicken bites in sweet tea? Because it makes chicken tasty, moist and delicious, that's why!

If you haven’t heard, brining meats is all the rage these days. And with good reason!

Brining lean meats like chicken keeps them moist and infuses them with lots of flavor. It’s definitely worth the extra effort, since brine is really just some herbs and flavors mixed with sugar and salt.

Instead of mixing up a whole batch of brine next time, here's an easy secret: Try sweet tea with some extra salt mixed in. I used it for these sweet tea chicken bites and it was the perfect quick-brine solution!

You can use any sweet tea you can find. Just stir in an extra tablespoon of kosher salt into the mix to up the salt content for this brine recipe.

 

Sweet Tea Fried Chicken Bites

For this appetizer, cut the chicken into even, one-inch cubes.

 

Sweet Tea Fried Chicken Bites

Mix the brine ingredients in a bowl and add the chicken. Let it brine in the refrigerator for at least two hours.

Normally, I would brine chicken overnight but since these are small cubes, you don’t need to brine them for as long.

 

Sweet Tea Fried Chicken Bites

When you’re ready to cook the bites, prepare your breading station. I used a really simple one here: Flour with a big pinch of salt and pepper, a few whisked eggs, and Progresso Italian bread crumbs.

 

Sweet Tea Fried Chicken Bites

Drain the chicken well and give it a quick rinse under cold water, then toss the chicken cubes in the flour mixture to dry them off.

Transfer them next to the eggs and coat them well. Then finally cover them completely in the breadcrumbs.

The finished bites should have a nice crust of breadcrumbs on them.

 

Sweet Tea Fried Chicken Bites

To fry these you could use a deep fryer, but I just heated a few cups of oil in my cast iron skillet and cooked them for about 7-8 minutes total at 350ºF. Since the oil won’t completely cover the bites, flip them once halfway through cooking.

 

Sweet Tea Fried Chicken Bites

You’ll definitely want to cook in batches and not crowd your pan. When the bites are done, just let them drain over a wire rack or on a few paper towels.

 

Sweet Tea Fried Chicken Bites

Serve with some ranch dressing or mustard for dipping and a tall glass of ice-cold tea. Then dig in while they are still warm!

 

Nick says “Howdy y'all to sweet tea marinades!” Check out his blog, Macheesmo, and follow him on his Tablespoon Profile.

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