I was scheduled for a late meeting tonight so wanted something easy.  When I want easy, I think marinate ahead of time and grill (even easier for me because my husband does the grilling!)  There are so many marinades for chicken and we really like grilled chicken with rice.  You can buy good marinades at the store – just keep an eye on the salt and sugar listed in the ingredients.

I had some leftover Thai marinade in the refrigerator so we used that.  Here is the Thai marinade recipe, a picture of our dinner and a few other choices.  Because I had the marinade in the fridge, I was able to pour over the chicken this morning before I left for work so it only needed grilling.

Thai marinade

  • 4 – 6 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1 TB cumin seed
  • 2 TB coriander seed
  • 1 TB peppercorns
  • 2/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar and/or honey
  • 1 TB turmeric powder
  • 1 lime
  • 1 tsp ground Thai chili peppers
  • 1 cup coconut cream
Toast the cumin seed, coriander and peppercorns in a dry pan over the stove for a few minutes until aromatic.  Grind together in a mortar and pestle.  Add garlic and continue grinding until ingredients make a paste.  Put paste in a bowl and add brown sugar, soy sauce, juice from lime, ground chili pepper, turmeric and coconut cream.  Mix well.

Chipotle marinade 

  • 2 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 TB tomato juice
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 TB sherry vinegar
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • salt and pepper

Combine all ingredients in a blender.  NOTE: Marinade keeps well in refrigerator.  We have also had this on steak, shrimp and pork chops.

Indonesian Marinade 

  • 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup peanut oil
  • zest and juice of 2 lemons
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 TB Dijon mustard

Combine all ingredients.   This is also good on fish.

Grilled Eastern Shore chicken

  • Chicken breasts, bone in (two per person for leftovers)
  • 1 cup white wine vinegar
  • 3 oz olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 3 tsp poultry seasoning
Combine marinade ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil.  Let cool to room temperature before marinating.

About emenuplan
I love to cook and love to eat. I work full time and have a family so managing good meals during the week requires organization. I'm hoping to share my weekly menu plans and recipes to make things a little easier for those who want to follow along.

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