Foolproof Marinades: Grilled Chicken Breasts

March 23, 2013

Alright folks, here goes nothing.  May I be the first to welcome you to my blog, The Simplified Feast, and to my first post (about chicken, none-the-less).  Things can only go up from here, right?

Let’s get started…

What a marinade is to a chicken breast is what a little cream and sugar are to my coffee.  They’re both delightful on their own, but can taste better with a few simple additions.  Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are super because they provide a blank canvas for a lot of flavors.  By marinating before cooking, you’ll be insured a wonderfully tasty and tender piece of chicken that’s perfect for serving with just about anything.  And remember, a good marinade mostly consists of a half oil and half acid mixture… with that in mind, be free to improvise on your other flavors.

Side note:  I am certain that most of you already know how to marinate meat, I’m just here to remind you how simple it can be.

With the warmer Spring weather on the rise, what better way to celebrate putting the long Winter behind us than firing up the grill?  Just make certain you have a good beer or strong cocktail in-hand.  Don’t make me twist your arm…

And we’re off!

Marinated Chicken Breasts from The Simplified Feast 1
Gather all of your ingredients, a big bowl, and give that parsley a chop!  Remove the big stems, if you please.

Marinated Chicken Breasts from The Simplified Feast 2
Familiar and simple ingredients; balsamic vinegar, fresh parsley, oregano, thyme, dijon mustard, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper.

Marinated Chicken Breasts from The Simplified Feast 3
Stir it up and then add your chicken breasts.

Marinated Chicken Breasts from The Simplified Feast 4
Go ahead, use your hands.  Make sure the chicken is well-coated.  Cover your dish and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.

When you’re ready to feast, take the chicken out of the fridge to bring to room temperature, light grill, and pour yourself a beer.  When grill is hot, place chicken across the grates and cook for 4-5 minutes per side, or until cooked through.  Remove chicken from grill and let them rest a minute or 2 to let juices redistribute.  Let’s eat!

Recipe slightly adapted from Food Network Kitchens.  For the  full recipe, click here:

Foolproof Marinades for Grilled Chicken Breasts from Simplified Feast


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