sometimes in the course of developing recipes, i come up with something delicious that i want to share with y’all but it’s totally the wrong time of year. for example, i threw together this quick and simple grilled chicken marinade last year on a whim and was pleased to discover that it was totally delicious.
it was also late september. not exactly prime season for debuting new recipes for the grill (even if they are yummy). luckily, i have an effective (if somewhat less-than-streamlined) system for keeping track of recipes that i want to try and recipes that have been tested and are worthy of sharing with my internet friends (that’s you). as to whether or not this “system” involves piles of unorganized recipes that i’ve clipped out of magazines and newspapers… i admit nothing.
anyway, this simple grilled chicken marinade was born one weeknight, right around hungry o’clock, and, besides the taste, that’s one of the best things about this recipe. once you have the ingredients in your fridge (and most of them keep indefinitely), it will nearly take you longer to grab the ingredients and set them on the counter than it will to mix up the quick marinade (check the notes below the recipe for a tip on making fresh ginger less recalcitrant and easier to grate – and also fall into the “keeps nearly indefinitely” category).
so, a simple marinade poured over chicken breasts, which cook pretty quickly on the grill/under the broiler, means dinner can be ready in a snap. i say in the recipe below to marinate the chicken for 20 minutes to 2 hours. what this means is: mix up this marinade and coat the chicken in it first. get the rest of dinner prepped and nearly ready. grill the chicken. enjoy dinner (self-congratulatory inner monologue for getting delicious dinner on the table quickly optional).
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