Sunday, February 14, 2010

Marinated Chicken

Alyssa prepared a double recipe of this marinade recently. The next night, Bart cooked the chicken. We have been enjoying the leftovers in a variety of ways throughout the past week. This recipe is from Food Network Kitchens "How to Boil Water" episode: Your Freezer, Your Friend. I think it's a great idea to freeze your chicken already in the marinade, so the meat is ready to cook and use when you defrost it!

Marinated Chicken Breasts

1 to 2 tablespoons vinegar, like cider, balsamic, or red wine
2 to 3 teaspoons dried herbs, like thyme, oregano, rosemary, or crumbled bay leaf
1 to 2 tablespoons mustard, whole grain or Dijon
1 to 2 teaspoon garlic or onion powder, optional
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast, each about 6 ounces
Put the vinegar, herbs, mustard, powders if using and oil in a large re-sealable plastic bag. Close the bag and shake to combine all the ingredients. Open the bag, drop in the chicken breast in the bag. Close and shake the bag to coat evenly. Freeze for up to 2 weeks.

Thaw in the refrigerator overnight, under cold, running water, or in the microwave at 30 percent power for 1 minute at a time.

Heat a grill or grill pan. When the grill is hot, place the chicken on the grill and cook for about 4 minutes per side, or until cooked through. You can also bake the thawed chicken in a 375 degree F oven for 15 minutes, or until cooked through.

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