Made Easy and Delicious
Throwing a summer backyard party to celebrate your father’s upcoming birthday or his honor on Father’s Day? Is he a barbecue enthusiast? Either way for either occasion, gift him with this. If you’re a grilling connoisseur yourself and a father (even though the latter is definitely not a requirement!), why not gift, and treat, yourself all the same? Any barbecue fan will soon discover that they have become a fan of this tasty meat marinade too.
And what’s the meat that most love on the grill? So why not marinade in a glass jar for honey garlic chicken? We’ve all had run-of-the-mill grilled chicken. It’s something normal and reliable that anyone can cook to make a quick meal. However, once you’ve perfected the basics, it becomes time to take your dish to the next level of flavor. Impress your friends and surprise yourself by bumping your chicken up a notch with this simple to make and satisfying to eat honey garlic marinade!
Some people like to marinate their meats in plastic bags, but I prefer to use a glass jar in order to make sure that the raw chicken juices don’t leak out in the fridge and contaminate all of my food. First, let’s go over the basics of marinating chicken. I know that many of you grill masters reading this are already well informed on the ins and outs of meat marination, but stay strapped in because a short review of the fundamentals never hurts.
- ALWAYS marinate your meat in the fridge, not at room temperature.
Chicken and other meats can quickly become health hazards when left out at room temperature, so chuck that chicken in an isolated spot in the fridge, away from anything else it could contaminate. We’ll be marinating our chicken in 48 oz wide mouth jars, so we can be sure that no harmful raw chicken comes into contact with any other food in the fridge.
- Be sure to marinate your chicken for the right amount of time to maximize flavor and tenderness.
I recommend leaving your chicken in the marinade for 4-6 hours. This will give the meat enough time to soak up the flavors, but it won’t be so long that the chicken loses its tenderness. If you’re in a pinch for time, you can get away with marinating for 30 minutes at a minimum, but you’ll be losing out on tons of flavor.
- Be sure to coat your entire cut of meat in the marinade to make every bite equally delicious.
Since we’ll be using a glass jar to marinate our chicken, this part will be easy. Once your marinade is prepared, put your raw chicken in the jar with the marinade and give it a light tossing to coat evenly.
Can chicken marinate for too long?
Yes! Marinating your chicken for longer than 8 hours can cause your cut of chicken to lose its tenderness, and you’ll end up with a tougher and chewier final product. If your chicken is marinating in the fridge for two days or longer, it can spoil and make you sick if you eat it.
Can you marinate chicken and freeze it?
Absolutely. Marinating chicken and freezing it is an excellent option for when you want to prepare your meals ahead of time. Simply place your chicken in the marinade and throw it in the freezer, then thaw it out when you’re ready to cook it.
What can I marinate chicken in?
Many people use things like plastic bags or covered bowls for marinating their meat, but I prefer to use glass jars. Plastic bags can leak and spill raw chicken juices inside of your fridge and contaminate your produce, and covered bowls will never truly have an airtight seal. By utilizing a glass jar to get the job done, I never have to worry about leaks and I always have a tight seal on my marinade.
Now, on to the Recipe.
Ingredients (For two chicken breasts):
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 4-6 tablespoons of raw honey (depending on your personal tastes)
- 2 tablespoon of olive oil (alternative oils can be used but olive oil provides good flavor!)
- 2 tablespoons of low-sodium soy sauce
Tip: Halve ingredients to make enough marinade for one chicken breast or double them for four.
You can also use chicken wings if you’d prefer.
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir with a fork to combine thoroughly
- Place your chicken breasts in your 48 oz glass jar
- Pour your combined ingredients over your chicken inside the jar
- Shake your jar around a bit (not too rough!) to evenly coat each piece of chicken breast in the marinade. Store away any leftover marinade into good storage jars with tight sealing clamps for preservation. Better yet, why not make enough excess to store away as your own ‘special recipe’ sauce in a bottle?
- Place your jar on the bottom rack of your fridge for at least 30 minutes and up to 12 hours
Cooking Your Delicious Honey Garlic Chicken
Now, this is the point where it comes down to personal preference, so there are a few ways we can go about this. Chicken is one of the most versatile things that you can cook, and you can cook it in a variety of different ways. To spark your inspiration, I’ll tell you about my two favorite ways to prepare this particular recipe.
How to Grill Marinated Chicken
Everyone loves a good barbecue, so turn on your grill, place your chicken breasts directly over the flame, then cover your grill and let them sit for 5-7 minutes. After they’ve had that time to cook on one side, flip the breasts over and let them have another 5-7 minutes of cooking on the other side. Check the temperature with a meat thermometer, and if it reads 165°F then your chicken is good to go.
How to Bake Marinated Chicken
As a simple method for cooking your chicken, the oven is a classic choice for a rainy day or an easy dinner. Preheat your oven to 425°F and place your chicken breasts in a shallow cooking pan. Once your oven is heated, toss your marinated chicken onto the middle rack and let them cook on one side for 10 minutes, then flip them over and let them cook on the other side for another 10-20 minutes. Cooking time can vary based on the size of your chicken breasts, so make sure you check the internal temperature with a meat thermometer. Once it reads 165°F at the thickest part of the breast, your chicken is ready to be eaten.
There you have it! A simple and easy marinade for chicken that you can prepare using one of our many glass mason jars. If you use this recipe, we would love for you to share it with us on Pinterest or Instagram with #jarstore!