Patrick's Secret Chicken Marinade (For Grilling)
- Ready In:
- 2 red chilies, smoked, dried, de-seeded
- 3 fresh garlic cloves, crushed
- 3 ounces A.1. Original Sauce
- 1 ounce fresh rosemary
- 2 tablespoons black pepper, freshly milled
- 1 cup vodka, 90 proof
- 1 1⁄2 cups apple juice (not "cocktail")
- 1⁄2 cup lemon juice (bottle-type okay)
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1⁄2 teaspoon oregano
- 3 ounces maggi seasoning sauce (or, substitute soy sauce)
- Run all ingredients through a food processor or blender until it is liquified.
- Poke the chicken parts, 4-5 times each with a fork and lay it in a casserole dish.
- Pour the marinade over the chicken, cover with cling wrap, and allow to marinate for 8-12 hours, turning it at least one time.
- When the chicken is first put on the grill, you can pour some marinade over it, but not within 20 minutes of the chicken coming off the grill.
- NOTE: This marinade also works well for raw shrimp that you plan to grill.
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First off, I should say that I skipped the vodka as we didn't have any in the house. That being said, we really liked this marinade. I through some frozen chicken breasts in a ziploc with this let it sit over night, flipped it at noon the next day, and cooked them that evening. My chicken breasts didn't thaw completely, so next time I will make sure they thaw completely so it can penitrate better. It had a nice mellow smokey taste, with no one spice or flavor overwhelming. The chicken was juicy, which isn't always easy with those frozen chicken breasts. Top notch! Thanks Bone Man!
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