Lazy girl’s marinade for chicken

March 27, 2012 § 6 Comments

Now that it’s getting warm again, cooking on our grill is an almost every day experience.  Chicken legs and thighs are particularly good grilled.  We usually buy a few chickens at the grocery store.  Then we cut them up ourselves, and freeze meal-sized portions to cook later.

For grilling, forget about buying expensive bottled marinades at the grocery store.  There’s no need, and you can make a fresh and very delicious marinade yourself.  Here’s how…

First, place the chicken pieces in a glass pan.  Many people prefer using a heavy-duty plastic bag for marinating.  This is perfectly fine, but we prefer a glass pan, which is just as easy, and won’t leak all over the refrigerator.  Pour on equal amounts of olive oil and balsamic vinegar (we’re cooking quite a few chicken pieces this time, so we used about 1/4 cup of each).  Add a couple of cloves of minced garlic.  Then add about a tablespoon of fresh herbs (or 1 teaspoon dried) such as oregano, marjoram, thyme, or rosemary.  Sometimes, if I have any leftover vinaigrette salad dressing or orange juice, I’ll pour that on as well.  Add freshly grated black pepper, a pinch of salt, and allow to marinate for a few hours or overnight, turning occasionally.

When you’re ready to cook, place the pieces on the hot grill, and cook until they are done through.  If it makes you feel good to baste the chicken while it’s cooking, go ahead.  I usually don’t.  Basting causes the grill the flare up, and it also doesn’t seem to help the flavor much, so why bother?  Remember, this is lazy girl’s chicken, so no basting is required.

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