Tangy Chicken Marinade Recipes

Marinades
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Why Use Marinade

Now days marinade is a must have for most homes. With jobs being scarce and money being tight many of us have started buy cheaper cuts of meat. We all know that cheaper cuts of meat usually mean tougher meat.

A good marinade adds flavor, tenderness, and juiciness to meat. A good marinade can work in 30 minutes on better cuts of meat. When using a cheaper cut of meat you will need to marinade for a longer period of time.

Typically a marinade contains oil. Oil is used to help hold in moisture while cooking and also helps the marinade penetrate deeper into the meat. This is what causes the wonderful juiciness the meat.

The acids in the marinade ( vinegar, citrus juices) help to break down the protein in the meat, making it tender. Be careful how long you leave the meat in the marinade, if left too long it can make the outer portion on the meat mushy.

The flavor is contributed by the spices that are used in making the marinade. The flavor comes from the marinades ingredients, specifically all the spices included in it.

With summer here, get out of the kitchen, crank up that grill, and enjoy a beautifully grilled piece of juicy, tender, exquisitely marinade chicken.


A marinade is, by definition, a liquid mixture of fat (oil) and acid (citrus juice, vinegar, wine etc) seasoned with aromatics (onion, garlic, fennel, herb, celery, citrus zest etc) and/or spices (paprika, Mexican chili powder, cumin, curry, pepper etc), in which meat is soaked before cooking.

— Jennifer Parker on The Culinary Works.com
Marinade Recipes
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Tangy Chicken Marinade 1

Ingredients:

2 tsp Ready to Use minced garlic

1/2 tsp salt

1/3 cup lime juice from fresh lime

2 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp water

1 tsp cilantro

1/2 tsp black pepper

1 tsp soy sauce

Directions:

Combine all ingredients, mix well.

Pour marinade into large plastic resealable bag and place chicken with it.

Refrigerate and marinade overnight or all day. The longer you marinade the chicken the tangier it will be.

Tangy Chicken Marinade 2

Ingredients:

1/2 medium ripe pineapple, peeled, cored, coarsely chopped

2 jalapeno chilies, seeded, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 cup unsweetened pineapple juice

1/2 cup fresh lime juice

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1 teaspoon grated lime peel

8 chicken breast halves (with skin and bones)

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons honey

Directions:

Puree pineapple, jalapenos and garlic in blender until almost smooth.

Add pineapple juice, lime juice, cilantro and lime peel and process until blended.

Pour marinade into large glass baking dish.

Add chicken, turn to coat.

Cover and refrigerate 4 to 6 hours.

Prepare barbecue or preheat broiler. Remove chicken from marinade.

Season with salt and pepper.

Pour 1/2 cup marinade into small bowl. Whisk in honey.

Brush mixture over chicken.

Season chicken with salt and pepper.

Grill or broil until cooked through.

Tangy Chicken Marinade 3

Ingredients:

1/2 medium ripe pineapple, peeled, cored, and chopped

2 jalapeno chili peppers, seeded and chopped

2 cloves of minced garlic

1 cup unsweetened pineapple juice

1/2 cup fresh lime juice

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1 teaspoon grated lime peel

2 tablespoons honey

Directions:

In a processor or blender puree pineapple, jalapenos and garlic until almost smooth.

Add pineapple juice, lime juice, cilantro, honey and lime peel and blend.

Pour marinade into large glass baking dish.

Add chicken, turn to coat.

Cover and refrigerate 4 to 6 hours.


Marinading chicken
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Marinade Tips

  • Do not save and reuse marinade. It may contain bacteria that could make you sick.
  • Always, always, always store your marinade in the refrigerator.
  • The best way to marinade is to place the meat and the marinade in a zip lock baggie. You will be able to move the meat around and cover the meat completely.
  • You can brush the meat with leftover marinade while it is cooking but make sure you stop about 5 minutes before it is done.
  • Removing the skin from the chicken will help it absorb the marinade better.
  • Piercing the chicken with a fork will also help it absorb the marinade.
  • You can marinade chicken in the refrigerator up to two days.

Why should you not save and reuse the marinade?

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Fullerman5000 3 years ago from Louisiana, USA

These are great and I am always looking for new marinades. I have one that I normally uses using some of the similar ingredients. I think I will give one of these a shot. They really sound great. Thanks for sharing.


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My Cook Book 3 years ago from India

Interesting! i will try this one. Looks good, thanks for the share.


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kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

This looks just scrumptious! Everything is well explained step by step! Great choice of pictures!


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livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

Interesting and useful tips and recipe. Thank you for sharing with us. Votes up, sharing and pinning!


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

With these tangy recipes, KKGals, you have now established yourself as the Marinade Maven. Trust me. I like the number one recipe the best since jalopenos and I are not best friends.


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi my friend these are some great recipes and i will be trying them. I always do a marinade with most meat i cook, it's just a great and easy to make that cut of meet better.

Vote up and more !!! Sharing !


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

These all sound great. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.


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aviannovice 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Oh, these spicy sauces are wonderful! Thanks for sharing them.


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Efficient Admin 3 years ago from Charlotte, NC

These look really good. Can they be used for steak as well? Thanks for sharing.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

This is interesting and quite new to me, i've never used a bag for marinading meat, it makes sense. Thank you for a great tip. I will certainly use a bag....Cheers..


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tebo 3 years ago from New Zealand

Three great sounding marinades for chicken. The first one of course is nice and easy with less ingredients. I shall try these out on my son. Thanks for sharing.


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Wow! The chicken look so delicious, and the marinade sounds tangy with such ingredients included, would have give this one a try.


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hawaiianodysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

Good morning, KoffeeKlatch Gals!

This is an absolutely marvelous article because I love chicken, great marinades, and your highly efficient, organized, and reader-friendly writing style. Mix all those ingredients together, and we wind up with the potential for an evergreen hub. Thank you so much for sharing. Oh, and btw, the Hawaiian style shoyu chicken marinade in the eBay ad above is to die for! Aloha, KKG! Joe


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Fullerman5000, You're welcome. You'll love these marinades.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

My Cook Book, I hope you do try them. They're really good.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

kidscrafts, what's good about these recipes is they are equally delicious grilled, baked or fried.


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hawaiianodysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

@KoffeeKlatch Gals

I'm not sure what's happening, but I actually posted a comment hours ago under this hub. Let me know if it came through. Thank you.


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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America

The ingredients in these marinades are some of my favorite flavors, so I will be tying them this summer. I voted all up except funny and I bookmarked this page on my cimputer.


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

I love marinades. These look delicious, and I also like your tips. I have plenty of chicken, so next week I will try one of your marinades. Thanks for sharing this with us!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Thanks livingsta, they're delicious. Hope you try them.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

drbj, thanks you very much. So this is what it feels like to be a Maven. What I like best about these recipes is the tangyness with the underlying sweetness.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

kashmir56, I like to marinade my meats. I like the extra flavor it adds.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

moonlake, glad you stopped by.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

aviannovice, thanks. They are really tasty.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Efficient Admin, I haven't tried them on steak but I don't know why you couldn't use any of them on it.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Thank you so much hawaiiodysseus. I love your praise, it makes me blush.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

always exploring, I started marinading meat in a bag because I kept having a problem with the marinade spilling in my refrigerator. I found it to be the most easy and clean way to marinade.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

tebo, the first one is a favorite of my grandchildren. Thanks


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

DDE, you won't be sorry that you tried one of these marinades.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Patty, thanks for stopping in. I love the combination of these ingredients, they are tangy with a side of sweetness.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Katheryn Stratford, I hope you like these marinades. They are wuite good.


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vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

I'm always looking for a new marinade recipe! I think these would be great marinade recipes for my husband, who's on a low sodium diet, without the added salt. The pineapple and citrus would give the meat a good flavor. I have also noticed that marinating too long in pineapple juice breaks down the meat fibers and makes it mushy. Thank you for sharing!


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

What great sounding marinades! Thanks for giving us these 3 different recipes for marinating chicken. Your tips on using marinades were also good. Up and useful votes! Tweeting!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

vespawoolf, you can definitely use these recipes witrhout salt. It doesn't effect the taste at all.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Peggy W, thanks for the voteds and sharing. I eat so much chicken that I nee different marinades to enjoy it with different flavoring. You'll like these marinades.


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passionate77 3 years ago

very nice recipe dear, i will try it out, thanks for sharing, many blessings!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

passionate77, I hope you do try them. They are really good.


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wrenfrost56 3 years ago from U.K.

I love the look of this marinade. You really can't beat a great tasting marinade and this is a recipe that I will definitely like to try. I also enjoyed the useful tips too. Plus it's especially good for us as we eat a lot of chicken. :)


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

wrenfrost56, I agree, a marinade can make or break a dish.

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