Friday, November 12, 2010

Shel's Marinade for chicken or pork chops

My husband and I buy meat in bulk - chicken or ground beef, usually. We divide it up, put the divisions in freezer bags, and put those in the freezer. Then it's there for whenever we decide we want meat. When it's time to have chicken, we often stumble upon a conundrum: what kind of chicken?

I'm of the school of thought that chicken has to BE something. Chicken Parmesan. Lemon chicken. Cheesy Chicken and Rice Bake. My husband on the other hand would be perfectly content to eat plain poached chicken and rice. My ideas require work. His idea is easier. Michelle's idea is a nice compromise.

Michelle has her own garden where she grows fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs. "My favorite herb is the lemon basil," she says. "It is this wonderfully lemon-scented delicacy!" So what does she do with this delicacy? "I throw a handful of leaves in a ziploc bag with some freshly squeezed lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper and chicken breasts or pork chops. I let it marinade for a few hours and then grill the meat! OMG! That lemon basil gives the meat such a wonderful flavor!"

It is a wonderful flavor! Okay, so we didn't make it exactly as Michelle instructed (We don't have our own herb garden, we don't have an outdoor grill) but we did marinate the chicken breasts (actually tenders because we don't have a meat mallet) in lemon juice (from the bottle - we are lazy), basil, olive oil, salt, and pepper. The chicken marinated overnight and then my husband popped them on our George Foreman grill and dinner was ready super fast! Yum!

If you want more delicious dishes from Michelle, go check out her blog, Shel's Creative Emporium. She's been sharing loads of recipes with her readers lately! I love it!

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  1. You are honestly way too kind! Thanks for the kudos this week! I'm glad you enjoyed the chicken idea! Now you've made me hungry! Heehee Have a great weekend!

  2. That chicken looks yummy! I'm going to save the recipe. Thank you both so much for sharing. I agree with you that chicken should BE something!