Grilling is one of my favorite summer activities. Once the weather warms up, I feel like my kids never want to come inside. This means a few things: 1) we're having lots of fun, 2) my laundry is piling up and 3) dinner is cooked on the grill whenever possible.
The last thing the kids want to do on a warm & sunny day is come inside a miss out on the action. And, after spending all winter cooking in my kitchen, I'm enjoying the change of scenery too. I love grilling when my kids are in the backyard for the simple fact that I can cook dinner and watch my kids at the same time.
And, when they're happy, I'm happy.
Here is a simple marinade that is light and flavorful. The ingredients for the marinade are:
The zest & juice of two Lemons
2 tbs of Italian seasoning
2 tbs of Minced Garlic
A pinch of Salt and Pepper
2 tbs of Olive Oil if you're using Chicken Breast (optional for chicken on the bone)
This is enough marinade for about 8-10 chicken thighs or 4 large chicken breasts.
Just put your chicken in a Zip Loc Bag. Seal the bag tightly and squish everything around until the chicken is evenly covered. Marinate this in the refrigerator for 30-40 minutes.
Remove the chicken from marinade and discard any remaining marinade. Grill the chicken on a pre-heated grill until it has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees F (75 degrees C), and is firm and opaque.
This easy marinade adds just enough flavor to the chicken without over-powering your senses. For me, that's why it's an ideal family friendly recipe.