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The Best Grilled Chicken Marinades

There are a lot of different marinades to choose from, whether you are planning to grill your chicken breasts or drumsticks whole or whether you fancy making kabobs. You can either grill or broil these kabobs. If you want to broil them, keep them five inches from the heat and give them about fifteen minutes. You will find the directions for grilling the chicken in the recipe itself. Chargrilling gives the kabobs a smoky flavor which broiling cannot.

In the following recipe, the bird is marinated in a spiced mixture of pineapple juice, soy sauce, ginger, lemon juice and more. This combination of ingredients gives it plenty of flavor and since the meat is chopped up before being added to the marinade, it will have a stronger flavor. If you use a whole chicken breast, only the outside gets the taste because it is in contact with the marinade. Marinating chopped chicken means more of the bird’s surface area is in contact with the liquid, therefore it will end up with a more intense flavor.

This is one of the best recipes if you want to make kabobs and you can serve them with fresh salad leaves and tomato, as well as a fruity salsa. Pineapple salsa is nice but since the kabobs contain pineapple chunks and the marinade contains pineapple juice, why not try a mango salsa recipe instead, for a better contrast? Use unripe green mango or ripe orange-colored mango, as you prefer.

Marinated Grilled Kabobs
Summary: There are many various grilled chicken marinades you can to choose from, if you're thinking of grilling your chicken breasts, drumsticks, or whole bird you may fancy marinating chicken kabobs even.
Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Marinade
Serves: 6
Prep time: 
Total time: 
  • 6 whole chicken breast filets, cut into 24 cubes
  • 1 whole onion, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 12 whole pineapple chunks
  • Lettuce and tomato wedges, to serve
For the Marinade:
  • 1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ tablespoons ground ginger
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ⅛ tablespoons onion powder
  • ⅛ tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
For the Salsa:
  • ½ whole red onion, sliced lengthwise
  • 2 whole big mangoes, peeled and cut into ½ inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 whole de-seeded, finely chopped jalapeno
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Fresh mint sprigs, for garnish
  1. Combine the marinade ingredients and soak the chicken in it for 2 hours, in the refrigerator.
  2. Alternate the chicken with the onion and pineapple on skewers.
  3. Grill 8 inches from moderately hot coals for about 12 minutes or until the chicken is no longer pink inside.
  4. Turn often, brushing with marinade.
  5. Do not apply any marinade during the final 5 minutes of cooking.
  6. Toss the red onion, mangoes, jalapeno and lime juice together. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Serve the hot kabobs with the lettuce and tomato wedges, as well as the mango salsa.
  8. Garnish with fresh mint.

Photo Description:

As you can see from the picture, this is a tasty-looking and very colorful kabob recipe. There are different marinade recipes you could choose from but something sweet yet piquant usually works well when you are grilling. Alternatively feel free to adapt your favorite rotisserie marinade to infuse the poultry with a different flavor. You can see how the mango salsa looks great served alongside the kabobs. This is a hearty and satisfying meal which the whole family will enjoy.


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Christine Szalay-Kudra

Hello, I'm Christine. Thanks for dropping by and welcome to Amazing Sauces. Food is a very important part of our family's lives, and I find a homemade sauce often finishes a dish perfectly. Whether you are making something with chicken, beef, pork, vegetables, an appetizer, or even a dessert recipe, a sauce is often the ideal finishing touch.

You will find many sauce recipes here, all conveniently in one place, from the classics like tomato sauce, béchamel sauce and cheese sauce, to gravies, marinades, and unusual ideas for sauces too like ginger-plum sauce or gorgonzola sauce.

Some sauces can be drizzled over the meal, while others are best served on the side. Some will work as a dip or sauce, while others are great for basting, marinating or adding a splash of color to a recipe. Try our creamy gravies with your breakfast, one of our international steak marinades for a sophisticated spin on dinner, or learn how to make a classic béarnaise or rich red wine sauce to complement your dish.

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