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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Tuesday's Tips - Grilled Chicken

Whenever I feel like it's time to start eating healthier, I always go straight to grilled chicken. But, I know it can get tiring to eat the same grilled chicken every time. Kent and I have a few different ways that we marinate chicken. We usually salt and pepper two chicken breasts and place them in a ziplock bag along with some seasoning to marinate for about 30 minutes before cooking. The chicken can be grilled on an outdoor grill, grilled on an indoor grill pan, or simply cooked in a skillet. These are some of our favorite ways to marinate chicken that we've found so far. Please feel free to share if you have any ideas! I'm always looking for new ways to cook chicken!

Lemon and Thyme Chicken
Just squeeze one lemon over the salted and peppered chicken in the ziplock bag. Then put several teaspoons of thyme leaves into the bag (either fresh or dried). Make sure to evenly distribute the thyme. Then put the chicken back in the refrigerator until it's time to grill. Be careful not to leave the chicken too long after you've put lemon juice on it - the acids in the lemon juice can start to precook the chicken! (A variation of this marinade would be to use rosemary in place of the thyme.)

Mexican Beer Chicken
Squeeze the juice of one lime over the salted and peppered chicken in a ziplock bag. Add several teaspoons of cilantro and and several teaspoons of taco or fajita seasoning to the bag and distribute evenly. Then add a few splashes of beer. Let the chicken sit for at least 30 minutes before grilling.

You could always use a premade seasoning, like Dales, or create a similar marinade by combining Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce.

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