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Memorable Chicken Marinades

Posted on May 9, 2014

 

Now that you’ve broken in the grill, it’s time to get serious about al fresco dining. For me, that means mixing it up with a bunch of new marinades. What better way to give my favorite meals a little unexpected flavor boost? Truth is making a great chicken marinade is so elementary that I often call my kids into the kitchen to help me come up with new concoctions.

Sampling a variety of juices, vinegars, oils and herbs, we’ve stumbled upon numerous successes that you wouldn’t find in the classic cookbooks. If you’re up for a little trial and error, I highly recommend it for kids of all ages. That said, for those in the market for a few classic tried and true creations, here are 3 memorable marinades just in time for your Dad’s Day bash.

 

Orange Jalapeno Chicken Marinade

3/4 cup fresh orange juice

1 red onion, chopped

2 jalapeno peppers, chopped

1/4 cup chopped parsley

1/4 cup. red wine vinegar

1/4 cup olive oil

1 Tbsp. smoked paprika

1 Tbsp. ground cumin

1 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper

Combine ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Store, refrigerated, in an airtight container before using. Make about 2 cups, which is plenty for about 2-3 pounds of FreeBird chicken.

 

Soy Ginger Chicken Marinade

1 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup rice vinegar

4 limes, juiced

1 bunch green onions, chopped

5 cloves garlic, sliced

2 Tbsp. brown sugar

2 Tbsp. sesame oil

1 Tbsp. minced ginger

red pepper flakes to taste

Combine ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Store, refrigerated, in an airtight container before using. Make about 2 cups, which is plenty for about 2-3 pounds of FreeBird chicken.

 

Provencial Chicken Marinade

3/4 cup olive oil

1/2 cup red wine vinegar

1/4 cup Dijon mustard

1/4 cup chopped chives

1/4 cup chopped thyme

2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar

2 Tbsp. honey

1 shallot, minced

1 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper

Combine ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Store, refrigerated, in an airtight container before using. Make about 2 cups, which is plenty for about 2-3 pounds of FreeBird chicken.