Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Best Chicken Marinade Ever

Let's be frank: chicken gets boring, and if you're grilling it, it can get pretty dry too. I threw together this marinade a few years ago, not really thinking it would be anything special, just to add some flavor to yet another grilled chicken breast. But I ended up finding my favorite (and now default) way to eat (boring but healthy) chicken breast. There are, of course, plenty of other ways to spice up chicken, but I like that this one is pretty low-hassle and I usually always have these ingredients on hand.

The Best Chicken Marinade Ever
zest and juice of 1 lemon
zest and juice of 2 limes
1 Tbsp olive oil
pinch cayenne pepper
1 Tbsp minced fresh parsley (I threw in a little fresh oregano too)
salt and pepper
2 chicken breasts (whole or cut into kebabs as above)

Whisk together the juices, zest, olive oil, and cayenne. Stir in the parsley and season to taste. Add chicken (whole or in pieces) and toss to coat. Let rest in fridge for 2 hours.

Grill whole breasts for 10-12 minutes or until cooked through, turning once. Skewered kebabs will take a little less time.


Maureen said...

I've always been lazy and marinated with a bottle of French dressing but you've inspired me to do better! These juicy pieces of chicken look great!

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

I usually improvise when I'm making a chicken marinade but I'll have to give this a try!

Unknown said...

I usually marinate chicken breast with calamansi, sprite and a dash of seasoning. and I think I need to try your recipe.
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Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic said...

Yum! I'm always experimenting with different marinades, I will give this a shot soon!