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Easy Chicken Dinners - Delicious Marinades

Updated on August 29, 2007

There are so many ways that you can cook chicken, however, my husband will frequently find me standing in the kitchen at dinner time with thawed out chicken and no idea how to cook it. I have found an easy, fast and delicious way to cook chicken. I can't believe I didn't think of it earlier.

The only thing you need to purchase other than chicken? The bottled marinades you will find at every grocery store. Lawry's makes some awesome ones. My Giant Eagle, however had some coupons for $1 off each Giant Eagle marinade. So for about $.25 each, I purchased two bottles. I had also purchased boneless, skinless chicken in the same trip and when I got home I thought maybe I would just get the chicken marinating before I froze it. I never seem to get around to marinating my chicken and usually throw the sauce on right before grilling or broiling it. This results in hardly any flavor.

So I quickly trimmed the fat off the chicken and threw enough for one dinner in a gallon ziploc bag and poured about 1/3 of a bottle of marinade in. I did one bag with teriyaki marinade and one bag with lemon pepper marinade and then froze both. A couple of nights ago, chicken was on the menu, so I grabbed the bag of teriyaki flavored chicken and thawed it out as usually. When it came time for dinner I handed my husband the bag and a pair of tongs and he grilled the most delicious chicken I have had in years. The flavor was unbelievable. The chicken was soaking up the flavor while it froze and again while it was thawing. Much better than the 30 minutes to an hour that many recipes call for.

This chicken dish was so easy to do and for those that work and get home right at dinner time, it is very fast. Remove a ziploc bag of marinated chicken from the freezer and place in the fridge before going to work. When you get home throw them on the grill or in the oven on broil. While this is cooking for about 10 minutes, put together a salad, cook up some corn or green beans, and possibly a side of french bread, etc. The possibilities are endless.

There are many other flavors out there of the store brands as well as Lawry's brand. I plan on trying them all! Purchased on sale of course. The Herb and Garlic and Sesame Ginger both look really good to me. My mouth is watering thinking about it. Next time you are wondering what to do with chicken, try these marinades.

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      charity 8 years ago

      will have to try it i always forget to marinate..

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      micheal 8 years ago

      I wish that there was a freezeble spice maranaide

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      Amy 9 years ago

      Good idea! I never thought of that. I hardly ever forget to give myself enough time to marinate the chicken or steak. My dh loves to bbq and so we buy marinades all the time. On sale, of course!

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      Amy 9 years ago

      Good idea! I never thought of that. I hardly ever forget to give myself enough time to marinate the chicken or steak. My dh loves to bbq and so we buy marinades all the time. On sale, of course!

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      Julsnca 10 years ago

      I didn't know you could freese marinades. This is a really good idea. I am going to try it! Thanks for you great articles!