Monday, May 7, 2012

Grilled Chicken Marinade

It's kind of gone from beautiful Spring to hot Summer in just a matter of days.

Regardless if you love the heat of the Summer or the perfect-ness of the Spring, you usually think G.R.I.L.L!

We love to grill at our house.

The Mr. is the master of the grill!

I love that the whole meal can be cooked outside.

When we grill, we cook a lot of chicken.

That's because grilled chicken is one of my favorites.

I try a lot of different marinades and this one is simple and good.

It comes from a cookbook from my mom's work. 

These kinds of cookbooks are some of my favorites -- they're tried and true recipes!

With so many marinades on the market -- you may wonder why make your own?

Because it's cheaper.  


Marinades are a simple concoction of ingredients -- usually things you've already got in your kitchen pantry.

Your investment of cost when you make it at home is so much cheaper than buying a bottle of it from the store.

The next time you grill, try this recipe and see what you think!

Chicken Marinade

1/2 cup soy sauce
2 TBSP lemon juice
1 TBSP oil
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp. chopped ginger (or ground ginger)
1/4 tsp. chopped garlic (or garlic powder)

Place all of the ingredients in a gallon sized zip lock bag.  Seal the top and smoosh together to mix. 
Add in chicken (I use about 3 pounds of chicken for this amount), smoosh some more to cover the chicken.
Allow to marinate for as long as you can stand it -- over night, if desired.
Grill as usual.
Speaking of marinating over-night.  Here's one of my tricks.  When I purchase chicken, I come home and divide it into gallon sized bags, according to desired portions.  I then pour whatever marinades or seasonings I want into each bag. 
Seal them up and mark on the front what it is.  For example, "1 1/2 lbs. b/s chicken breasts w/easy marinade." 
Place them in the freezer until needed.  This way; the meat marinades as it's freezing and again while thawing out.  It's perfectly easy!

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