Everyone loves chicken. It’s a staple on many a menu, and with good reason. Chicken is plentiful, cheap, healthy and, when cooked right, absolutely delicious. If you read my last article on red meat marinades, you already know that whipping up a fresh marinade for your meat can take it to the next level. Chicken is no different, but the marinade process is.
In review, remember that a marinade consists of three elements: an acidic element, oil and flavoring. With chicken, citrus is a fantastic choice that will actually combine the acidic and flavoring components. Take it easy though. A little bit goes a long way.
The important thing to remember with chicken is that it is a rather fragile meat when compared with something like steak. Instead of a marinade process lasting 12 to 24 hours, you should really never marinate chicken for more than 3 hours.
A unique option to consider for chicken is soaking the meat in a brine solution. This can be used in addition to the marinade, or it can be used as a substitute. A brine is a simple salt water solution used to enhance the “juiciness” of the meat. A single chicken breast should be soaked in the solution for about an hour.
This recipe is about as simple as it gets, but I absolutely love it. It’s a brine/marinade combination that I think you’ll find makes for some absolutely delicious chicken! [Read more...]