I have a huge gas grill in my backyard. In the spring and summer I love using my grill. But I am awful at remembering to exchange the empty propane tank. When this happens, my laziness and disappointment kick in and I change my mind and decide to just cook whatever it is on the stove or in the oven instead. Especially if I am not cooking for company. Recently, I was at IKEA and on a whim, bought a grill pan. I have no idea why I never had one before? I’m guessing probably because I have the gas grill in the backyard. Now this grill pan has become my favorite pan to use. I’m always thinking of what else can I try to grill on it? It’s usually chicken though. So I started running out of flavors to use on the chicken. Here’s a marinade I recently tried which my picky eater son actually enjoyed. (It is probably because there’s beer in the marinade. Don’t worry, he is over 21.)
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 3 tablespoons diced onions (I used red onion, but any type will work)
- 1/2 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
- 1 1/2 cups ale or beer (I used a bottle of 805 brand ale. If you don’t like to cook with alcoholic beverages, substitute with ginger ale.)
- 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts (if you prefer dark meat use 6 skin-on thighs)
- In a 2 cup measuring cup, mix the first 10 ingredients together. (Olive oil through parsley.)
- Slowly add the beer to the mixture, as it will foam and bubble.
- Place your chicken in a gallon Ziploc bag.
- Pour the marinade over the chicken.
- Remove as much air out of zip bag before sealing. Turn the bag from side to side to make sure all the chicken has been coated with marinade.
- Place the bag flat on a small rimmed kitchen sheet pan and into the refrigerator. Allow to sit at least 2 hours, overnight for best results. Turn the bag every few hours to keep the chicken coated on both sides.
- Cook over medium high heat. Depending on thickness, 6-7 minutes per side.