Chicken Marinade

Use a great chicken marinade!

If you like grilled chicken, you’ll get much more flavor by using a chicken marinade. The chicken marinade I’m sharing with you here will work with just about any BBQ chicken recipe. You can use it for whole chickens, boneless skinless breasts or thighs, or with bone-in chicken parts with the skin still attached. Remember, however, that the more surface area your chicken has, the more marinade it’ll soak up, so you might want to reconsider marinating whole chickens.

Why use a chicken marinade?

Basically, there are three reasons to use a good chicken marinade. First of all, chicken is lean, and when you cook it on the barbecue grill, it can dry out quickly. By using a marinade that contains some oil or fat, the chicken will be juicy.

Second, chicken can get tough when cooked on the grill. By using a chicken marinade that contains an acidic liquid or tenderizing enzymes, the tough muscle fibers will break down. Papaya and pineapple both contain tenderizing enzymes.

Last but not least, marinating chicken or any other flesh is a great way to add flavor!

How long to marinate chicken?

Chicken doesn’t need to be marinated as long as beef and pork do. An hour in the marinade is usually long enough. In fact, with some marinades, you shouldn’t leave the chicken in the marinade for longer than two hours. This is especially true if you’re using tenderizing enzymes or high-acid chicken marinades.


Great chicken marinade recipe

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic

Directions: Combine all ingredients and pour over chicken. Marinate the poultry in a plastic bag or in a plastic container with a lid. Move the chicken around a couple of times during the marinating process. Marinate chicken for one to two hours before grilling.