Preparing Chicken Marinades
Marinades serves as a meat tenderizer and flavor enhancer. The process may last seconds or days depending on the texture of meat. All meats benefit from the tenderizing effects of marination.
Marination is the process of soaking foods in a seasoned, often acidic, liquid before cooking. The process includes the use of brine , which led to the technique of adding flavor by immersion in liquid. The liquid can be acidic with ingredients such as vinegar, lemon juice, or wine, or savory with soy sauce, brine or other prepared sauces. Along with these liquids, a marinade often contains oils, herbs, and spices to further flavor the food items.
Here are different marinades which you can use for fajita or to your chicken, pork or beef dishes:
Rosemary Garlic Marinade
Mix together 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup pounded garlic, 3 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary leaves, 2 tbsp chopped fresh thyme, 2 tbsp chopped flat leaf parsley, 2tsp salt, 1 tsp pepper and 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes.
Best for: Lambs, Pork Chops and Steaks and Chicken breasts.
White Wine Marinade
Mix together 1/4 cup chopped garlic, 1/2 cup olive oil, 1 cup white wine, 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley, 2 tbsp chopped thyme, 1/2 tbsp salt and 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes.
Best for: Seafoods and Chicken
Mix together 1/4 cup Yogurt, 2 tbsp chopped garlic, 1 tbsp salt, 3 tbsp dried oregano leaves, 2 tbsp olive oil and 1 1/2 tsp lemon juice.
Best for: Lamb, Chicken, Beef or Pork for grilling or for making kebabs.
Mix together 1 tbsp lemon juice, 1tsp oregano, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1 tbsp chopped garlic, salt and pepper.
Best for: Seafoods – Squid, Fish or Shrimp
Mix together 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, 1/2 cup olive oil, 4 tsp mustard, 2 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary leaves, 2 tbsp chopped fresh thyme, 1 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper.
Best for: Chicken Breast Fillet, Pork or Beef Steaks, ribs and Whole Chicken for roasting.
Mix together 2 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp rice wine, 2 tbsp brown sugar, 1 1/2 tbsp sesame oil, 1 1/2 tbsp pounded garlic, 1/2 tsp toasted sesame seeds and 2 tsp chopped spring onions.
Best for: Thinly sliced beef, pork or chicken.