Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Garlic Beer Marinade for Grilled Chicken

It is barbeque season already and we are in the midst of TSRI's Summer Grilling Celebration!  We are bringing you our favorite summer specialties.  I have been enjoying learning how to cook on the big gas grill.  It made perfect sense.  I am the cook.  Why wouldn't I also be the grill master?

I have also been having a lot of fun developing marinades for grilling.  Most recently I created Lemon Rosemary Marinade and Garlic Beer Marinade for Grilled Chicken.

After enjoying Beer and Garlic Marinaded Chicken at my friend Mary's house several times, I decided to develop a garlic beer marinade myself.  I started with the garlic and the beer.  I chose Black Toad, which boast a deep nutty flavor.  I am not a beer connoisseur, but this sounded promising (I was right).  I have to tell you though, this does not taste like beer just a deliciously flavorful marinade (I am not a big beer fan, I don't like anything stronger than Bud Light.  Don't judge!  It just is).

I added lemon juice for some acid (which tenderizes the chicken), olive was my chosen oil and some delicious herbs from my garden.  I love the flavor and aroma of lemon basil, it works perfectly here.  If you do not have lemon basil, you can use any basil. 

Now go, get your grill on!!!  Enjoy! 

Dinner's Ready!
With love from our kitchen table to yours!  XO

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Garlic Beer Marinade for Grilled Chicken
1 12 ounce bottle dark ale beer (I used Black Toad from Trader Joe's)
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
6 large cloves of garlic, smashed
¼ cup lemon juice
3 tablespoons fresh lemon basil (or 3 teaspoons dried)
1 tablespoons fresh oregano (or 2 teaspoons dried)
1 tablespoon fresh thyme (or 1 teaspoon dried)
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4-5 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts, trimmed and washed

Place chicken in a 1 gallon resealable plastic bag.  Set aside.

Combine olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, basil, oregano, thyme, salt and pepper in a food processor.  Blend until your mixture is smooth. Reserve 1/4 cup marinade mix and 1/2 cup beer.  Refrigerate marinade in an airtight container.

Pour mixture over chicken.  Pour 1 cup beer in over chicken.  Squeeze out as much air as possible and reseal bag. Turn your bag a few times to make sure chicken is well coated with marinade.  Allow chicken to marinate in refrigerator for 3 -24 hours.

Preheat grill to medium-high.

Remove chicken and reserved marinade from refrigerator and set on counter to come to room temperature, about 30 to 60 minutes (you never want to grill cold meat, the temperature change will toughen the meat).

Grill chicken until the top side start to turn opaque (instead of pink), this will take about 6-8 minutes.  Turn your chicken and apply the reserved marinade to the cooked side of the chicken.  Grill the other side until your chicken is seared nicely and when you press down on the chicken it is firm but not hard.

I prefer the finger test of checking the doneness of meat.  Rather than try to explain it to you, I have found this great pictorial for you to view.


COOK'S NOTE:  You can also cook this in the oven.  Preheat oven to 350 degree F.  Pour off 1/2 of marinade, add the chicken and remaining marinade to a 9x12 baking dish and bake for 60 minutes.

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  1. You already know how much I like this flavor combination. Nice job incorporating so many fresh herbs. I'm sure it was delicious!

  2. Yum! I should have eaten before I started reading this post. I love grilled chicken ... and beer ... and lemon, etc. etc.

  3. Given how intensely my friends and family love beer, I know they would love this!

  4. this sounds absolutely delicious! i need to try this!

  5. can you sub something for the lemon basil? ie lemon juice....basil

    1. Absolutely you can use fresh basil. Enjoy and let us know how it goes.

  6. could this be cooked in the crockpot ??

  7. Do you ever wonder how that finger test method was actually discovered....the images of people sitting around....and yes, beer is


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