Wednesday, January 11, 2006

A great chicken marinade

Grilled Chicken Marinade
A Little Byte of DISA (Fundraiser cookbook) Copyright 2000

4 whole boneless chicken breasts, halved I used tenders
4 Tbsp. oil
4 Tbsp. soy sauce I always use low-sodium soy sauce
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
1 tsp. dried thyme or basil leaves I used thyme
3 whole cloves I omitted this
dash of pepper

Place chicken in a glass baking dish. Sprinkle with garlic, pepper, thyme or basil and cloves. Combine oil, soy sauce, lemon juice and brown sugar. Pour over chicken. (I threw everything in a ziploc bag.) Marinate in refrigerator for at least 4 hours, turning chicken from time to time. (I marinated it about 12 hours.)

Cook on preheated grill or on the stove top in a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook for 5 minutes, skin side down. Turn and cook another 5 to 9 minutes until chicken is fork tender, juices run clear when pierced with a fork, and chicken is lightly browned. Don’t overcook. (I used my George Foreman grill.)

Before my Cookbook Junkie days, we ate a lot of grilled chicken, usually with a packaged marinade. I've tried other chicken marinade recipes but most of the time they weren't any better than the packaged ones. I really liked this one, though. The chicken was so tender and the marinade added just enough flavor. I liked the color it gave the chicken too. Even with the soy sauce, the flavor is pretty neutral. I like a neutral flavor because that gives me more leeway in picking out side dishes.

This cookbook was given to me by on online friend several years ago. It's a fundraiser cookbook from her place of employment so it's fun to read through it and wonder how well she knows the contributers. Marsha, if you're reading this, tell Ladonna P. that I really liked her recipe!


Heather said...

I think I will definitely have to try this. How long did you cook these in the forman? We haven't used ours in forever and I hate that. Did you use boneless skinless tenders??

The Cookbook Junkie said...

I don't know exactly how long I cooked these. I use the finger test to know when they're done (I poke them). It didn't take long.

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Randi said...

That looks great. Packaged marinades are often loaded with High Fructose Corn Sryup(HFCS). I've made a resolution to stay away from that stuff. It's evil.

Anonymous said...

That marinade is just terriyaki sauce!!!

"Intentionally Katie" said...

Just stumbled upon this recipe and am excited to try it! I threw everything into a Ziplock and into the freezer to eat later. Can't wait to see how it turns out!!!

Unknown said...

Saw this recipe posted over 11 years ago, and decided to try it. I used tenders and only marinated for about 1.5 hours. Plenty of flavor. This is very good!