Wednesday, July 25, 2012

"Pollo Diablo" Marinade

This is our favorite marinade for grilled chicken!  It comes from Weber’s Big Book of Grilling, which has tons of delicious recipes in it.  I highly recommend this cookbook for anyone who loves to grill!  It also has directions and tips for grilling just about any cut of meat, which comes in very handy. 

We’ve marinated the chicken anywhere from 4-24 hours, and while it is definitely juicier the longer you marinate it, it tastes delicious no matter what. 

Definitely use fresh rosemary in this recipe, not dried.  It makes a huge difference in the flavor.  For the lemon juice and orange juice, we’ve use bottled and fresh, and both work equally well.  The chicken I’ve been cooking with lately is either Giant Eagle’s Nature’s Basket fresh boneless skinless chicken breasts ($5.69/lb) or Harvestland (Kroger carries this brand) frozen boneless skinless chicken breasts (on sale, they’re $8.99 for 2.25 lbs).  Both of these brands are hormone-free and antibiotic-free.  

The chicken in the photo below was grilled by ME with Rem’s guidance.  It was actually the first time I’ve grilled!  For as much as I love to cook, I’ve just never gotten into grilling  Rem always does the grilling, and does a fantastic job of it.  At least now I know how to do it!  

Try out this marinade if you’re looking for a delicious new way to grill chicken.

“Pollo Diablo” Marinade

3 T extra virgin olive oil
3 T orange juice
3 T lemon juice
2 T finely chopped fresh rosemary
1 T minced garlic
1 T crushed red pepper flakes
2 tsp kosher salt
3-4 pounds of chicken (we use boneless, skinless breasts)

Whisk marinade ingredients together.  Place chicken in large resealable bag and pour in the marinade.  Seal bag tightly and distribute the marinade.  Refrigerate 4-24 hours.  When you’re ready, grill the chicken (or cook it however you like).  

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