Firing up the barbecue grill this Memorial Day weekend? Here’s an easy Chinese-inspired barbecued chicken recipe that will have your guests coming back for seconds. The chicken has to marinate for two hours, so get the recipe started before your guests arrive. Serve this chicken with traditional barbecue sides, like potato and macaroni salad and corn on the cob. Click here for a recipe for a carrot and raisin salad that also goes well with this grilled chicken.
1 medium sized (about 3 lbs.) chicken, cut into pieces (see healthier suggestion, below)
½ cup low sodium soy sauce
½ cup honey
1 tablespoon fresh, grated ginger root (or 2 teaspoons dried ginger)
1 clove garlic, minced (use 2 cloves of garlic if you like a lot of garlic flavoring)
1. Wisk together all ingredients in a small bowl and pour the marinade into a large Ziploc plastic bag.
2. Add chicken to the bag; roll the chicken around in the bag so that it is completely covered with marinade.
3. Refrigerate chicken for 2 hours.
4. Grill on the barbecue over medium high heat until done, about 10 minutes per side. The leftover marinade in the Ziploc bag can be used to baste the chicken on the grill, but discard any remaining marinade. Never reuse marinade.
Healthier suggestion: Boneless chicken breasts and thighs can be used in place of chicken parts.
Boneless chicken is mostly fat free, and boneless pieces will cook faster, so allow less grilling time.
If barbecuing isn’t an option, prepare the recipe as stated and then stir-fry or sauté the chicken on the stove top.
Happy Memorial Day!
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