Have you ever been overwhelmed by the choices in the marinade aisle of the grocery store? There have to be more than 100 varieties on those shelves from which to choose! All I want is some oomph to my chicken and instead I am faced with an array of choices that requires a degree in statistics to navigate! Worse yet, have you read the ingredients listed on any of those bottles? The front labels may sound tempting but that pesky truth-telling back label reveals they are filled with things like xanthan gum, propylene glycol alginate, artificial flavor, modified food starch, artificial color, polysorbate 60, and other unpronounceable ingredients. Ick. Anyone care for a little propylene glycol alginate on their chicken? I’ll pass, thanks.
That doesn’t mean I pass on marinades altogether. Not in the least. Marinades can be a healthy way to add a ton of flavor to lean meat. And it doesn’t have to be complicated, folks. You’re three ingredients and a piece of chicken away from a delicious dinner. Try it. And kiss xanthan gum goodbye.
Honey-Lime Grilled Chicken
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup lime juice
4 boneless chicken breasts
1. Trim chicken and pound to 1/2-inch thickness. (You may want to cut breasts in half after pounding. Many pre-packaged chicken breasts today are so large they can easily serve two!)
2. Combine honey, soy sauce, and lime juice in a gallon-size zip-top bag. Add chicken and seal bag, turning to coat. Chill for 30 minutes.
3. Heat grill to medium-high. Coat cooking grid with oil or cooking spray.
4. Remove chicken from marinade and grill 4-6 minutes on each side until cooked through.