How to Make a Quick and Easy Chicken Marinade
Marinating food, especially meats adds flavour to it and makes it more tender and juicy, often by soaking in a flavoured liquid and oil, vinegar, lemon juice etc. Usually you marinate meat and fish such as marinated salmon and in some cases it can also serve as preservation method. In this OneHowTo article we explain how to marinate chicken to make it more tasty.
First, note that marinating meat is used to soften it and make it much more tender when cooked. Unlike other marinades such as with fish, this is not intended to cook chicken or store it, but to flavour the meat and make it tender.
The first thing you must do to marinate chicken is peel garlic. Depending on the amount of meat you want to marinate, and how much you like garlic, you will need more or less garlic.
Squeeze two lemons , at least, to extract the juice that will serve as base liquid to marinade and flavour the chicken.
Cut the chicken to cook it after, either by parts, or in fillets, however you want. Put the chicken in the container you want to marinate it and season to taste.
The next step will be to add the ingredients to marinate the chicken: Sprinkle thyme leaves or herbs you prefer, add the garlic, drizzle with a splash of olive oil and, finally, add the lemon juice. It is also common to add sweet paprika to give more colour, although it is optional.
Finally, you can add whatever other ingredients you love, such as mustard, honey, oregano, etc. Then, mix all ingredients well and marinate the chicken for at least two hours, although ideally leave it overnight. There is also the option of putting the chicken and marinade sauce in an airtight bag and leaving it to sit there. Then you can now cook it as you like, either on the barbecue, in the oven, in a slow cooker or on the stove.
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