Simple Chicken Marinades

When you’re getting ready to barbeque, you want to take all the necessary steps to ensure that your food will be packed with flavor.  One of the best ways to do that is to marinade your meat.  Marinade is particularly good on chicken, as it both infuses the meat with flavor and leaves it soft and tender.  Here are 3 simple marinade recipes that you can try this summer and help take your barbequed chicken to a whole new level.

Pineapple

The sweet and fruity flavor of pineapple is a great way to add an exotic sensibility to your barbeque.  To make a pineapple marinade combine 1 cup crushed pineapple with:

1/4 c cider vinegar
1/3 c honey
1/3 c soy sauce

then add:

minced garlic (about 2 cloves worth)
1 tsp ginger powder
and lastly
1/4 tsp powdered cloves

This marinade will make about two cups, and the combination of flavors will transform your chicken into something truly special.


Lemon and Rosemary

Lemons and rosemary are two of the most classic flavors that you can combine with your chicken.  This particular marinade will give you chicken the flavor of a store-bought rotisserie chicken

To prepare this marinade combine the juice of 3 large lemons with 1/4 c fresh rosemary (or 2 T dried rosemary).  Then add:

1/4 c olive oil
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp white pepper
and lastly
mince garlic (about 4 cloves worth)

The above ingredients will combine to make around 1 cup of marinade for your chicken.


Teriyaki

Teriyaki chicken is a favorite in many households.  To make a truly great teriyaki marinade, try combining the following ingredients.

1 c soy sauce
1/4 c Worcestershire sauce
3/4 c sugar
1 c water
3 T vegetable oil
2 T distilled white vinegar
2 tsp garlic powder
3 tsp onion powder
and lastly
1 tsp grated fresh ginger

Mix the ingredients until all the sugar is completely dissolved.  The marinade will make around 2 1/2 cups for your chicken.

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