A simple chicken marinade recipe is all you need when you want the perfect grilled chicken. This dish is best when you have a good recipe to infuse plenty of flavor. Grilled chicken breasts and this marinade are perfect for outdoor cooking. Juicy chicken and marinade recipes go hand in hand as far as barbeques are concerned, and the aroma of marinated chicken on the grill is something which everyone will love. Next time you want to add some flair and spice to your chicken, make this simple marinade and enjoy the impressive results.
Adding Plenty of Flavor and Moisture
Marinades help infuse flavors into the meat so that your food is juicy, flavorful and really tender too. There are many different kinds of marinade for many different types of meat and fish and then there are universal marinades that taste great on almost any type of meat or fish, and can also be used on vegetables or seafood to add flavor.
Making your first marinade will surprise you because of how easy it is, and you can throw together the ingredients for a marinade in less than a minute, simply whisking everything together. If you are adding fresh herbs to your marinade you might want to mince or finely chop them first, and the same applies to garlic cloves. The finer you chop them the greater the area of chicken they will cover.
Tasty Marinade Ideas for Chicken
Try infusing red wine vinegar, lemon juice, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, dry mustard, fresh parsley, salt and pepper for a marinade taste appeal you will want to use over and over again. Combine all above ingredients and whisk really well. Place chicken breasts in a large bowl or large freezer bag and pour marinade over the top. Rotate chicken breasts every twenty to thirty minutes to allow marinade to soak into all areas of each breast. The amount of time you should marinade your breasts is entirely up to preference.
The longer your breasts marinade the better the flavor will be but if you are using an acidic marinade, something with lemon or vinegar for example, it is a good idea not to marinate longer than a couple of hours because the texture of the chicken might change, going a bit mushy perhaps. Chicken does not have to be ‘tenderized’ like beef does, so a marinade is just used to add flavor and moisture rather than tenderizing.
Choose a Tasty Marinade to Use
There are lots of different marinades you can use, ranging from basic 2 or 3 ingredient ones to more complex ones. It just depends what kind of flavor you are going for and how you want the finished chicken dish to be, as well as the side dishes you are planning to serve. A basic marinade can be just as good as a more complex one, offering a flavor which is just as tasty and satisfying, so it depends what you have in the pantry. Feel free to adapt a chicken marinade recipe too. If you have lime instead of lemon, for example, or cilantro instead of parsley, just switch.
Do You Use Chicken Marinades?
- ⅓ cup lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon black pepper
- 2 tablespoons dry mustard
- ¾ cup soy sauce
- ½ cup Worcestershire sauce
- ½ cup red wine vinegar
- 1½ cups vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1½ teaspoons finely minced fresh parsley
- Whisk the oil, soy sauce, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, wine vinegar together.
- Stir in the salt, mustard powder, pepper and parsley.
- Use this chicken marinade recipe to marinate chicken before cooking as desired.
- The longer you marinate, the more intense the flavor will be.
- This recipe makes enough to marinate 6 chicken breasts
- Let the excess marinade drip off the chicken breasts.
- Grill them over a medium-hot flame for 4 to 5 minutes per side or until they are 160 degrees F in the center.
Photo Credit: Piatela Kreatika – Mixed Grill – Tsindos AUD27 for 1 by avlxyz, on Flickr
This is a mixed grill and you can see all kinds of wonderful meats here, such as steak and pork as well as the chicken. When serving a mixed grill you might want to marinate all the meats in the same marinade or you can use one for the chicken and another for the dark meats, for example. The choice is yours. You can see how a marinade changes the color of the meat slightly and how the blackened grill marks look so good. Serve grilled marinated chicken with your favorite sides. Corn on the cob, coleslaw or salad are all side dish possibilities.
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