Everything You Need to Know About Marinading Chicken

Marinading or marinating normally refers to soaking food in a liquid before it is cooked with the aim of adding flavour or tenderizing certain cuts of meat. Marinading chicken is usually done to add flavour but also to ensure that the chicken breast remains juicy and tender when it is cooked. Here’s a look at marinades that can really transform a simple chicken breast into something really special, and the best thing is that you probably already have most of the ingredients you need in your kitchen cupboard.

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Safety first

Chicken should be marinaded separately, away from other foods. Place the meat in a zip-lock bag or shallow dish, add your marinade of choice and leave in the fridge for a minimum of an hour. You can leave the chicken in the marinade for as long as twelve hours to intensify the flavour. The Food Standards Agency emphasises that a marinade should never be reused unless it is thoroughly cooked first. Never use metal containers to marinade food, because they can react with the acid in the marinade.

Ways to Marinade Chicken

If you are looking for a different way to cook chicken online recipes will often provide the inspiration you need. Although the origin of the term marinade comes from the use of brine, most marinade recipes use acidic liquids such as wine, vinegar or lemon juice. Other ingredients such as ginger or pineapple that contain enzymes can also be used. Different combinations of herbs, oils and spices can be added to create the flavour you want.

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If you prefer to follow a specific recipe to create a marinade, plenty of information can be found on sites such as http://food-tales.com/food-recipes/chicken/.

Some of the most popular marinades are quite straightforward to make. For example, a balsamic marinade can be made by mixing balsamic vinegar with an equal quantity of olive oil and stirring in Italian seasoning and minced garlic. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. A spicy Indian Marinade for chicken can be made by combining garam masala with minced onion, salt, olive oil and lime or lemon juice. For a Teriyaki marinade, mix soy sauce, light brown sugar, minced ginger and garlic with some sake. Dry sherry could be substituted if necessary. Dry the chicken before cooking and enjoy a beautifully flavoured dish.


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