Marinating Chicken is the surest way of making it super tender and really tasty. Be making your own you are both saving your money and insuring all the ingredients are fresh. They are so easy to make and you can whizz one up to suit your own taste.
I love this Green Marinade. The flavours are so clean and bright. Whether you are preparing food for a BBQ, making a special dinner for your family or simply cooking up chicken to use through the week for salads and sandwiches this fresh marinade will tickle your taste buds.
- Handful parsley
- Handful basil
- 1 lemon
- 3 garlic cloves
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- 600g chicken or turkey or veg
These are herbs that I use. You can make up your own blend of green heaven! I sometimes just use parsley as I that have growing abundantly in my garden. I have also made it with a whole coriander plant and that was delicious too. It really depends on what I have to hand and what mood I am in.
Zest and juice your lemon and add all your other ingredients to your food processor and blitz. You can also add some dried chilli flakes if you like a little spice. In this picture I have used my hand blender. I use this for small things.
Cut any excess fat or sinew off your chicken or turkey at this stage, but keep the breasts whole. Pour the marinade over your chicken, turkey or vegetables, and mix then cover and put in the fridge for at least an hour, but for best results do it overnight.
You have choices here. You can either cook it on the BBQ if you still have good weather or you can use your griddle pan to get the same effect as a BBQ. I would do 3 mins each side and the then transfer it to the oven to finish the cooking at 180°C for 10 – 15 mins (depending on the size of your breast).
I like to use a probe when cooking chicken. It results in perfectly cooked chicken every time!
For the purpose of including the nutritional information I will assume that all the marinade is used. However, the actual amount of calories and fat consumed could be a lot less depending on how much of the marinade you use. If there is any marinade left you can pour it over the meat before putting it in the oven and it will form a sauce.
Serve with whatever your heart desires!
Here I have made a Hot Salsa Carrot Noodle Soup. The recipe will be shared in my new dip eBook.