Friday, August 3, 2012

easy chicken marinade

There's nothing gourmet about this dish. It doesn't contain any fancy-sounding ingredients. There aren't multiple steps and components to juggle. There's no award-winning author to site. Rather, it consists of simple pantry staples, takes minutes to throw together, and hails from none other than a good ol' fashioned church cookbook. And, it's been a family favorite in our house since I was a little girl (as evidenced by the stains and smears that lovingly mark the page in my mom's tattered copy).

Like any good marinade, the longer it sits, the better it gets. Put this together in the morning, add your chicken thighs or breasts, and forget about it until dinner time when all you have to do is broil the meat or throw it on the grill. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. Er, hold the lemon.

Easy Chicken Marinade

1 large garlic clove, minced
1 tbsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tbsp canola oil
2 tbsp water
1/2 cup soy sauce

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs

Mix all marinade ingredients together in a shallow bowl. Add the chicken pieces and let soak for at least 2 hours. Broil or grill until cooked through to a temperature of 165°F.