Preparing delicious chicken isn’t always the easiest thing to do, because it can turn dry and not tasty at all. If this kind of meat is still your favorite one, but you don’t know how to cook it correctly, here are some of the most delicious types of marinades that will bring your chicken meal to a whole new level. Just remember, the longer the chicken marinates – the better!
1. Apple cider marinade
Hot summer days are here and barbecue season is in full swing. Chicken wings, ribs, and sausages are pretty yummy, but chicken breast can be too dry. There are several ways to make them juicy, and one of them is very interesting. Marinate it in apple cider or apple juice! As crazy as it seems, but unbelievably juicy and nice! Besides, apple cider is also super healthy! Did you know that organic, unfiltered apple cider contains “mother”, strands of proteins, enzymes, and friendly bacteria that help your body in a dozen ways? Probably not, but you might consider it next time you go shopping for some healthy groceries. And hell! Who would say that bbq can be tasty and healthy at the same time!
2. Lemon and pepper marinade
Lemon is one of the healthiest fruits you can find. The best way to consume it is when you make non-sugar lemonade with a few cubes of ice. But lemon is also very good for marinating your chicken. Lemon rid and juice, garlic and peppercorns make a delicious marinade for grilling and roast chicken. It seems a little bit sour and spicy but when you bake it, it will become juicy and beautiful. Not to mention that lemon is a type of fruit that you can use for salty and sweet dishes.
Lemon juice has a lot of vitamin C, E, and B6, but also offers up a healthy serving of potassium, magnesium, and copper, that provides healthy digestion and detoxification.
3. Red wine and garlic marinade
You are wine lovers, too? Well, red wine has so many benefits for your health, but did you know that you can spice up your food with it? Not during baking, but before you put it on the frying pan… Just mix it with bay leaves, garlic cloves, and vegetable oil, cover it with plastic wrap, and put it in the fridge. A few hours later, you will have a delicious and healthy meal. Red wine can low your cholesterol, protect your heart, control blood sugar, and bust your brain! Garlic is also very good for your body because it contains antioxidants that may help prevent any disease and improve the quality of life. It is highly nutritious but contains very few calories. It is pretty tasty and you can combine it with so many other groceries. And in combination with red wine, it becomes the perfect chicken marinade.
4. Mustard, horseradish, and ginger marinade
Mix together horseradish, olive oil, spicy brown mustard, water, garlic, ginger, salt, and pepper. This incredible mixture isn’t just delicious, it is very healthy too. You probably know that olive oil has so many benefits, such as garlic, but ginger is a true gem among fruit and vegetables.
Ginger contains gingerol, a substance with powerful medicinal characteristics – It can treat many forms of nausea, in fact, ginger is good for those who suffer from morning sickness. It can also reduce muscle pain and its anti-inflammatory effects can help with osteoarthritis. It might lower your blood sugar and improve heart disease risk factors. Ginger can help treat chronic indigestion and can significantly reduce menstrual pain. It also reduces cholesterol levels and may prevent cancer. It can improve brain functions and protect against Alzheimer’s disease.
5. Honey and cilantro marinade
Whisk juice of 1 lime, 1 tablespoon of honey, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1/2 cup of chopped cilantro, 1 small can of diced green chilies, and 1 tablespoon of salt and black pepper. Put your meat in, and marinate it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
This mixture is really flavorful and most likely you have all ingredients in your pantry already. But, the most important thing is that this marinade contains a lot of healthy stuff – such as honey, olive oil, and cilantro. This time we are going to talk about all the magic benefits of honey. Honey has the thousand hidden nutritional and medical values that people have studied for centuries.
It contains anti-inflammatory effects and the ability to soothe a cough. Honey is an excellent source of all-natural energy at just 17 grams of carbohydrates per tablespoon. The sweet nectar is loaded with antioxidants that may help prevent cellular damage and loss within the brain. It can be the all-natural cure when it comes to pesky colds. It can be a health aid for sleepless nights – it can cause a rise in insulin and release serotonin that improves happiness and mood.
6. Garlic and cilantro marinade
This marinade is simply made of olive oil, garlic, and cilantro. It is so easy to make, but it is very tasty. Mix those ingredients in the blender, you will get a smooth mixture. Put it on your meat and leave it in the fridge for a couple of hours. Garlic and cilantro will make it tasty, and olive oil will give juiciness to your meat. You have probably noticed that almost every recipe contains cilantro… It is not a coincidence! Cilantro or coriander is a pretty interesting and healthy herb. It may reduce the risk of many lifestyle-related health conditions. Cilantro decreases the risk of obesity, overall mortality, diabetes, and heart disease. It contains vitamin C, A and K, and small amounts of folate, potassium, manganese, and choline.
7. Rosemary marinade
A Mediterranean healthy way of life and tasty food is the main reason why so many people decide to switch to this type of diet. It is based on olive oil, fish and chicken meals, vegetables and fruits and so many delicious spices. One of the most common herbs in a Mediterranean diet is rosemary. Not only this herb has a wonderful aroma but also has so many beneficial health effects. It can help your brain work better, it can reduce a level of stress, improves your immune system, and stimulate blood flow. This simple, but the healthy recipe will enrich your chicken meal and make your body and mind work and feel better. Use 1/4 cup of water, 1/4 cup of vinegar, 1/4 cup of olive oil, 2 cloves garlic, 3/4 tablespoon of dried thyme, and 1 tablespoon of rosemary. Marinate your meat for half an hour. Delicious and healthy!
8. Cayenne pepper and cinnamon marinade
Cayenne pepper and cinnamon are two wonderful spices that have the power to elevate your metabolism and increase fat-burning. Cayenne pepper is also pretty powerful in fighting the grim and cold, it has an anti-allergic and anti-fungal effect which has proven as a good associate in fighting many diseases. Cinnamon also has so many benefits especially when it comes to allergies or some other infections. Some studies show that it can be helpful for reducing pain in patients who suffer from arthritis.
Both spices are very tasty but if you combine them with coriander, garlic, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and cumin you will get the super tasty and super healthy marinade for your chicken meal. It will make your dish juicy and yummy!
9. Pineapple juice marinade
Take 1 cup of pineapple juice, 1/2 cup of brown sugar, and 1/3 cup of light soya sauce, mix it in a blender and rub it on chicken tenders. Put it in your fridge, and watch the magic works! Half an hour later you will have the most delicious chicken meal you can imagine! Besides, it is pretty healthy too! Pineapple is probably one of the healthiest fruits you can find in the store. Some studies showed that this exotic fruit contains ingredients that can help to cure so many diseases, such as cancer, asthma, high blood pleasure, diabetes. It successfully prevents fertility and age-related macular degeneration. It has a lot of fiber, potassium, and vitamin C that supports heart health.
10. Sherry marinade
Those who enjoy a glass of sherry before a meal don’t have to feel guilty, because even doctors recommending one glass of some aperitif before lunch or dinner. Besides, it is proved that one glass of sherry can be pretty good for your heart, it also lowers cholesterol levels and stimulates blood flow. In fact, some researchers said that sherries should be included in the list of wines with beneficial physiological effects following moderate consumption.
Take 1 cup of sherry, 1/2 cup of extra-virgin olive oil, onion, 6 garlic cloves, 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard, 1 tablespoon of mixed herbs, and one tablespoon of soy sauce. Mix it together and marinate the chicken for about three hours before grilling.