Friday, September 4, 2015

DIY Spicy Chicken Marinade - $

Just in time for the holiday weekend, here is a new marinade to try on the grill or in the oven. Quick and easy is the name of the game so this recipe doesn’t require a food processor for peppers or other ingredients, just a good old whisk.

I’ve been craving something hot and spicy for a while and my love for the Whole Foods Market spice section had me eager to try making a new marinade. I’m not a huge hot and spicy, buffalo wings, 4 alarm chili kind of girl but a kick of spice every once in a while is ok (and I figured the boyfriend would enjoy!). So if you like things a little heavy on the spice scale add some extra cayenne to this one.

Whole Foods spice section. Go on a spice shopping
spree with all the options!
Back to the Whole Foods Market spices - So the great thing about buying spices here is you can buy in small quantities and it will cost you pennies. Literally under $1! I think the chili powder was $0.54 and the cayenne was $0.20. Great if you just need a little of something for a new recipe you are trying. So this recipe should be extremely wallet friendly.

½ Cup White Vinegar
1 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 tsp. Cayenne Pepper
1 tsp. Chili powder
1 tsp. Worcester sauce
1 tsp. Garlic Powder
Pinch of Salt and Pepper
2 pounds of Chicken (cut of your choice)

Directions: In a medium size bowl, mix vinegar, EVOO, cayenne, chili powder, worcester, garlic, salt and pepper. Mix with whisk about 2 minutes. In a large plastic freezer bag or the 15x10 casserole dish add chicken (fat removed) then add marinade. Let the chicken marinade overnight or at a minimum 2 hours before cooking. If using the oven, pre-heat to 375 degrees. In a casserole dish add the chicken and about ½ of the marinade. Cook for 25 minutes (for chicken legs and thighs), may need additional time for thicker cuts of chicken.

Mix the marinade in a glass bowl with a whisk - no special tools needed.

I marinades these puppies in the pan instead of a bag. I flipped them once.
Leave some of the marinade in the pan to cook.

Yummy chicken legs! To add a crispier texture cook on the grill.

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