Grilled Chicken

With warm weather here to stay, I’m not using the oven often. I don’t mind heating it up for a treat like this gluten-free strawberry rhubarb pie, but I try not to use it for dinner. The grill, of course, is a popular option for the summer, and grilled chicken is one of our favorites.

I often buy large packs of chicken thighs or breasts (usually boneless, skinless) from BJ’s Wholesale Club. My husband is not a fan of dark meat, but he likes grilled thighs. Even if I haven’t marinated them, they are nice and moist. My kids love these, too, even if they have no seasoning on them.

Some things I add for extra flavor or moisture are:

  • a homemade marinade (see below)
  • Italian salad dressing as marinade
  • Old Bay seasoning
  • Magic Seasoning Blends -Poultry Magic (all natural, no MSG, no additives or preservatives)

I so often forget to marinate meat ahead of time, but I have found that even marinating chicken breasts at room temperature for half an hour makes a difference. I wouldn’t leave it at room temperature any longer than that, though. Ideally, it should be marinated in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

Basic Parts of a Marinade

Oil – I like to use extra virgin olive oil, but other oils work also. Oils can add flavor and help keep the meat moist.

Acid – Often vinegar, but lemon juice or wine work also. The acid helps tenderize the meat.

Seasoning – Add whatever flavors you like. Garlic is a favorite. Basil, oregano, and rosemary are popular, but the options are endless. Many of you will like something spicier.

If you like you can also add a sweetener such as honey.

Experiment with amounts. Since my family is not big on the flavor of vinegars, I use more oil than vinegar. Some recipes use equal amounts, and some use more vinegar than oil. It’s pretty hard to go wrong.



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Comments

  1. glutenfree4goofs says

    My family loves grilled thighs in Italian dressing! I keep calling it bbq chicken but grilled is a much better way to say it so it doesn't sound like BBQ SAUCE!
    Jessie

  2. Mikki Black says

    I like to cook simple, so this week's recipe from me focuses on the side dish: grilled potatoes. It's summer after all, and I love to grill!

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