Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Molasses Glazed Chicken Thighs

This is one of our favorite grilling marinades! I usually double or triple the marinade amount to make 3-5 meals' worth of chicken, then freeze it until needed.

Ingredients for one meal:
  • 3/4 cup blackstrap molasses
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (or juice of one lemon)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 12-18 skinned and boned chicken thighs (no skin, no bones, but if you have bone-in thighs, just be sure to cook them significantly longer until the internal temp is at least 160 degrees)
Multiply ingredient amounts if preparing batches for freezer meals.

Combine molasses, soy sauce, lemon juice, and olive oil, preferably in a mixing bowl with a pour spout. TIP: Measure and pour the olive oil first, then measure the molasses, which will not stick to the measuring cup if it is coated in a layer of oil!

Place chicken thighs in resealable freezer bag (or freezer bags). Sprinkle with 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp pepper. Place minced garlic into bag or bags. Pour marinade over chicken, remove air and seal bag. Agitate bag to combine ingredients.

Marinate in refrigerator for 6-8 hours minimum, or freeze. (If frozen, defrost in refrigerator overnight before cooking.)

Grill 4-6 minutes per side on medium-high heat, basting after first turn. but no less than 5 minutes from completing cooking. Find grilling guidelines here.

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