Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Grilled Island Chicken Marinade

Sometimes it seems like the more simple the meal, the more my husband likes it.  He requests BBQ chicken all the time, and with the store bought BBQ sauce, so nothing fancy at all.  When I ran across this recipe on pinterest, I thought this was right up his alley too.  Plus I love how juicy marinades keep your meat while on the grill.  I am definitely not a fan of dry chicken.

Grilled Island Chicken
from Mel's Kitchen Cafe
1/3 cup vegetable oil
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (from about 1-2 lemons)
1 ½ tablespoons soy sauce
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2-4 chicken breasts

1) Combine all ingredients except chicken in a mixing bowl or large airtight plastic bag. Whisk or shake well until the marinade is well mixed.
2) Add the chicken breasts to the bowl or plastic bag so that they are covered by the marinade. If using a bowl, cover tightly with plastic wrap. If using a plastic bag, press out all the excess air and seal the bag tightly. Refrigerate and marinate up to 10 hours (I would suggest marinading for at least 3 hours at the minimum).
3) Preheat a grill to medium heat. Grill the chicken for 6-7 minutes per side, until the chicken is no longer pink in the center (the chicken should register 165 degrees). Tent with foil and let the chicken rest for about five minutes before serving.

Alternately, the chicken can be baked using the following directions:
When ready to cook the chicken, preheat the oven to 350° F. Place the chicken breasts in a baking dish and pour the excess marinade over them. Bake in the oven until cooked through and the internal temperature reaches 165° F, about 45 minutes (exact baking time will depend on the size of your chicken pieces.) Remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

I think that this chicken is flavorful, but definitely would be a lot better on a sandwich, instead of by itself.  It just needs a little support from some other ingredients.  Mel's Kitchen Cafe also suggests skewering the chicken with vegetables, which I think would be great too.  I definitely think that this will be my base marinade for grilled chicken, we'll just play around with what dishes it goes into.

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