Teriyaki Chicken Marinade



When I grill chicken, I usually use a bottled marinade to flavor and tenderize the meat.  Well, this week I ran out of my favorite supermarket brand and decided to revisit an old recipe of my own.  I often pair this marinade with a few finely chopped slices of pineapple to give it a Hawaiian flair.  A hearty helping of rice and vegetables works great with this teriyaki grilled chicken dish.

Teriyaki Chicken Marinade

1 cup soy sauce

1 cup water

3/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce

3 tablespoons white vinegar

 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

1/2 medium onion, minced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon fresh ginger, graded

1/2 cup finely chopped pineapple, optional

In a medium bowl, mix the soy sauce, water, sugar, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, oil, onions, garlic, and ginger. Whisk together until sugar is dissolved. Add optional pineapple.  Using a plastic bag or covered container.  Pour mixture over chicken pieces and marinate for 3 hours or overnight.  Grill or bake chicken until a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees is reached.

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Marinated Skirt Steak

skirt steak

This is actually a rather new recipe for me. Whenever I see skirt or flank steak on sale, I throw it into the cart and mix up a batch of this marinade for a quick main dish. Leftover steak can be sliced up and stacked on to bakery rolls for delicious steak sandwiches.

Marinated Skirt Steak

2 Tbls soy sauce
2 cloves minced garlic
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 Tbls olive oil
2 lbs beef skirt steak

In a mixing bowl, combine all the marinade ingredients and whisk together thoroughly. Add the skirt steak, cover and let sit at room temperature for 15-20 minutes.
Season the marinated steak with freshly ground pepper and kosher salt. Grill about 4 minutes per side on high heat. Let rest for 5 minutes before slicing. For best results, slice thinly against the grain.