We often have an abundance of citrus here in Tucson, and I’m never without a homemade vinegar or two (well, more like five), so I often grill or bake chicken with this marinade. The marinade is easy to adjust based on what you have, use it on breast halves or cubes for the skewer. If your pressed for time you can get away with a short time in the marinade but of course the flavor is much more intense if you can give it eight to twenty-four hours.
Twilight Chicken Marinade
Combine the following:
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup kumquat jalapeño vinegar
(recipe in The Tasteful Muse, Volume Two)
3 tbs extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup roasted garlic (smash the cloves with a fork)
2 chopped chiles (hot or mild, your choice)
zest and juice of three limes
After combining the ingredients pour them over the chicken in your preferred marinating container. Let them sit in the refrigerator for as long as you can. When you remove the chicken to grill it or bake it you can use the remaining marinade as a sauce. You’ll want to thoroughly heat it as it has been on raw chicken. If you’re going to use it as a sauce make sure you heat it to 160 degrees or more and hold it there for quite some time.
Grill or bake your chicken however you normally would. I served my breast halves with grilled skewers of summer squash and snap peas, and a cucumber vinegar salad.
Until next time… Release YOUR Bon Vivant and Savor Your Life!