Thursday, September 12, 2013

Bandilicious Chicken Marinade

Everyone needs a go-to marinade in a pinch--this one is not exclusively for chicken, but could be used for vegetables you are planning to grill or sauté.  Whisk everything together and let the marinade work its' magic while you go to class, the gym, work, whatever.  When you return, preheat the oven and set your skillet on MEDIUM-HIGH.

What makes this marinade so flavorful is an old time classic seasoning salt: Cavenders Greek Seasoning  found in any grocery store where the spices and salt and pepper reside.

Pyrex dish (for marinade or use large freezer bag)
Baking sheet covered with aluminum foil and large enough to fit all chicken breasts
PAM Non-stick spray
Large Non-stick skillet (for sautéing)

3-4 large skinless chicken breasts, scored

6 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 to 3/4 cup olive oil
Juice from one lemon
Juice from 1/2 lime
3-4 tsp of Cavender's Greek Seasoning
2 tsp of Cayenne
2-3 tsp of Freshly ground pepper to generously coat one side of chicken
2-3 tsp of Kosher salt, enough to generously coat one side of chicken

1. Wash your hands.
2. Place chicken breasts in a pyrex dish after scoring the breast with a sharp knife

3. Salt and pepper the chicken breasts generously.

4. Sprinkle the cayenne and Cavender's Greek Seasoning over chicken.

5. Add the olive oil and squeeze the lemon and lime.

6. Add the minced garlic.

7. Take your washed hands and lather the chicken in the marinade.
8. Make sure you push garlic and spices into the scored slats of the chicken breast and any other layers.

9. Cover the pyrex with seran wrap / clear wrap and let marinate for several hours.

10. Once you are ready to cook chicken, preheat the oven to 350F degrees.
11. Remove chicken from marinade onto a plate with paper towels and pat dry.

12. Allow chicken to come to room temperature.
13. Cover your baking sheet in foil or use PAM non-stick spray
14. Heat your non-stick skillet over MEDIUM-HIGH.

15. Sear the chicken with breast side down for 3-4 minutes and DO NOT TOUCH or MOVE it!

16. Sear the other side for 3 minutes.

17. Place all the chicken breasts on your prepared baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes.

18. Remove from oven and cover with foil for 5 minutes to complete cooking.
19. Slice the chicken and serve with your salad, rice or taters.

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