Tasty Savory and Sweet Chicken

At LifeVest we talk about trying to get healthy but we all know it’s much easier said than done. I enjoy working out and being active but over time I have developed a real love of food and those are not always the easiest things to balance. This is one that I find quick to make in both prep time and cook time.

Personally I am a fan of foods that can do double duty and this marinade is simple enough that it can easily be used for stir fry, as a main or my personal favorite a salad. You will also find that this is very easy to make gluten free.

Simple Chicken Marinade

4 Chicken Breasts (can be substituted with pork chops)

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/3 cup soy (low sodium or gf)

1/4 cup low acid orange juice

1/2 tbsp ginger (chopped)

1/2 tbsp garlic (chopped, if using garlic powder reduce quantity to something like 1tsp)

1    tsp cracked pepper

Combine all ingredients in a large ziplock bag with chicken and marinate for 1-9 hours. This recipe is meant to be cooked on a grill or in a grill pan.

Note: This is not a basting sauce and since it will have meat juices it should not be used as such.

Taking this recipe from meh to tasty:

1. How are you going to be grilling the meat?

Outdoor or open flame grill – A thicker cut of meat is better in this case (thick cut pork chop or chicken breast). It will give you more time to get nice looking grill marks without drying out the meat.

Grill pan – Thinner is better here. I like to use either thin bone in pork chops or chicken tenders. Just make sure that you heat the pan over high heat for 5-10 minutes so that it will be nice and hot.

2.Ingredients and marinade length:

So the idea behind a marinade is to bring flavor into the meat. The extra virgin olive oil will accomplish that as well as help it not stick to the grill. If you do not have low acid oj it is fine to substitute another orange juice or even another type of citrus juice (pineapple, tangerine, etc). What you need to be careful of is leaving the meat in a high acid marinade for a long amount of time. So if you do substitute keep your marinade length under 3 hrs.

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