Marinating your chicken breast is a great way to add flavour and moisture to your chicken dishes. By letting the chicken sit in a liquid for a few hours, or overnight, the meat will also become more tender.
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1. Choose Your Chicken Marinade
The first step in marinating chicken breast is to choose your marinade. There are countless marinade recipes out there, ranging from classic flavors like lemon herb to more adventurous options like teriyaki or honey mustard.
You can also experiment with different ingredients to create a unique flavour profile, such as:
2. Prepare Your Chicken For Marinade
Before marinating your chicken you need to prepare it properly by:
- Trimming any excess fat or skin from the chicken breast
- Scoring the chicken on both sides with a sharp knife, which will help the marinade penetrate the meat and infuse it with flavour
3. Making Your Chicken Marinade
Here are a few quick steps to follow:
- Combine the marinade ingredients in a bowl or a resealable plastic bag
- Make sure to mix the ingredients well so that the flavours are evenly distributed.
- Some marinades require heat to dissolve the ingredients, so be sure to follow the recipe instructions.
4. Add Your Chicken To The Marinade
When adding your chicken to your marinade, you want to make sure to coat it so that every part of the chicken is covered in marinade.
If you're using a plastic bag, make sure to seal it tightly and massage the marinade into the chicken.
5. How Long Should You Marinate Chicken Breast?
Let the chicken marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, but preferably a few hours or overnight. The longer the chicken sits in the marinade, the more tasty and tender it will become!
Also, be sure to turn the chicken occasionally to ensure that it marinates evenly.
6. Cooking Marinated Chicken
Once the chicken has marinated, you can cook it in a variety of ways, such as:
Just make sure the chicken is fully cooked and reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.
*Note - Make sure to discard any remaining marinade, as it may contain harmful bacteria!