Sunday, May 29, 2011

0 Grilled Herb Marinated Chicken

It's Memorial Day Weekend, the unofficial beginning of the summer! Yesterday I had a fun cookout with some close friends, and no cookout is complete without grilled protein.
So here's a really simple and easy marinade full of freshness that's sure to please any chicken lover. Marinade for up to 8 hours. The flavors will develop the longer you marinade, but be careful to not marinade longer than 8 hours or else the chicken will become mushy.

Active Prep Time: 10 minutes
Inactive Prep Time: 8 hours
Cook Time: ~30 minutes
Servings: 6-8

6-8 chicken breasts
1 cup olive oil
1 cup apple cider vinegar
4 bay leaves
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons onion powder
8 fresh leaves of basil, sliced (or 2 tablespoons basil)
1 teaspoon chili powder
2 teaspoons oregano
2 sprigs rosemary
dash salt and pepper

1. In a medium bowl, whisk all of the ingredients, aside from the chicken.
2. In shallow baking dishes or marinating Tupperware, lay the chicken out flat. Pour the marinade over top the chicken so that the chicken is submerged in the marinade. Place the chicken in the fridge and let marinade for 8 hours.
3. When you are ready to cook, heat the grill or preheat a pan over the stove top. Remove the chicken from the marinade, and remove any bay leaves that may be stuck to the chicken. Grill the chicken for about 30 minutes total or until done through. Flip the chicken halfway through cooking to develop beautiful grill marks on each side.

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