You can marinate meats and poultry for one or several hours or overnight. Smaller pieces or cuts of meats require less time. Larger cuts, like a roast or whole chicken, need more time. You can place meats and poultry in a marinade using a freezer-safe container and freeze them.
When marinating, plastic sealable bags are best because food is entirely covered. These also take up less room in the refrigerator or freezer. And, yes. Always marinate the food in the refrigerator or freezer, not on the counter.
In today’s recipe for Honey Porter-Glazed Chicken Skewers, the boiled and reduced marinade is used as a glaze to drizzle on the chicken skewers while they cook on the grill. Because it was boiled down, it becomes almost syrupy and adheres to the chicken. Once you remove the chicken chunks and strain the marinade, there’s not a lot of it left. It’s just enough to drizzle on the chicken. If you want some to serve on the side, make extra marinade.
The recipe is from the Olympia Entertainment Culinary Team at Joe Louis Arena. It caught my eye because of the marinade and because it was an easy recipe.
Honey Porter-Glazed Chicken Skewers
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Total time: 45 minutes (plus marinating time)
2 cloves garlic, grated with a microplane, minced or pressed
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup porter or stout beer
1 tsp. red pepper flakes or to taste
1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 tsp. black pepper
6 boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into cubes
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1/4 cup chopped shallots (about 1 medium shallot)
Wooden skewers soaked in water for 30 minutes
Oil for the grill
Chopped cilantro for garnish (optional)
In a small bowl whisk together the garlic, honey, porter, red pepper flakes, mustard, soy sauce and pepper. Add the chicken cubes, refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight.
Remove the chicken from marinade to a plate or bowl. Reserve the marinade, straining through a sieve. Thread the chicken through wooden skewers. Set aside.
In a saucepan set over medium high heat, add the olive oil and shallots. Saute until shallots have softened, about 5 minutes. Add marinade and boil, stirring frequently, until reduced and thickened, about 8 minutes.
Preheat grill to medium high. Brush the grates lightly with oil. Drizzle the chicken skewers with some of the glaze. Place the chicken skewers on the grill. Cook about 10 to 12 minutes or until thoroughly cooked through, drizzling with additional glaze every 2-4 minutes.
Remove from the grill and sprinkle with chopped cilantro before serving.
Cook’s note: To cook in the oven. Preheat the oven to 400. Place chicken on a baking sheet covered with aluminum foil. Brush liberally with glaze. Roast at 400 for 30-40 minutes, brushing with glaze every 8-10 minutes until cooked through.
From Olympia Entertainment Culinary Team at Joe Louis Arena, Detroit. Tested by Susan Selasky for the Free Press Test Kitchen. Nutrition information not available.