Thursday, June 20, 2013

Cooking with Beer - Beer Marinated Grilled Chicken

Beer is a remarkable meat tenderizer.  It also adds unique flavor that infuses meat through and through.  

Spices, extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice mixed with a lager makes for a tasty marinade that makes everyday grilled chicken into something special.  

This recipe is quick, easy and delicious!  Perfect for the grilling season!

I used a Samuel Adams Boston Lager, but use what you like.  A pale ale will bring out the tartness of the lemon.  A dark beer will make for a heartier flavor.

Beer Marinated Grilled Chicken

1 12-Oz Ounce Bottle Boston Lager
1/2 Lemon, Juiced
1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
6 Garlic Cloves
1 Tbsp Fresh Basil
1 Tbsp Fresh Parsley
1 Tbsp Fresh Oregano
2 Tsp Coarse Salt
2 Teaspoon Fresh Ground Black Pepper
4-5 Lbs Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts

In a food processor, combine lemon juice, olive oil and spices.  Process 30 seconds to a minute to blend thoroughly.

Place chicken in a resealable plastic bag and pour marinade over top.  Pour beer into the bag.

Seal the bag, removing as much air as possible.  Refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours.  The longer the better!

About an hour before you're ready to start grilling, remove the chicken from the refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature.  This will make the chicken (or any other meat) more tender than cooking straight from the fridge.

On a preheated grill, cook the chicken 8 to 10 minutes per side, depending on the size of the breasts.  Cook until the center is white and no longer pink. Try not to overcook.

Enjoy with your favorite side dish or as a topper for a fresh garden salad.

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