In the weeks running up to my vacation, I decided to clean out my fridge by using what I had on had rather than grocery shopping for much. By the end of the second week I was really regretting my decision to do so. Apparently, somewhere along the line I got an extraordinarily good deal on chicken. Chicken here! Chicken there! Chicken, chicken everywhere!!!!! I was really running out of creative ways to cook chicken and I didn’t think that was possible.
Hoping to get inspired I hopped on my pintrest boards and did some browsing. Most of my pins were DIY spice blends, spice rubs and marinades. Since I already have several favorite spice rubs I decided to try some marinades. I picked the basic Greek marinade because I already had all the ingredients on hand.
I have to admidt I was kind of sceptical about trying any of the marinades on my board. I have tried marinades in the past and didn’t think they imparted much flavor to the meat no matter how long I let it marinate. The Greek marinade, however, had a subtle taste due to the large amount of oregano and thyme. It would have probably been a stronger flavor if I could have found my zester to zest the lemon.
Basic Greek Marinade
4 TBS olive oil
1 TBS lemon juice
1 TBS lemon zest
1 clove garlic
3/4 tsp oregano
1 1/2 tsp thyme
Mix all ingredients together. Place chicken in a small plastic bag and pour the marinade over it. Press all the air out of the bag and zip shut. Marinade the chicken for a minimum of 30 minutes up to 3 hours.