Grilled Pepper Chicken Using Homemade Marinade

I overcame the temptation to use store bought marinade, instead made my own and grilled the chicken; it tasted fabulous…

I had a great weekend! It was so beautiful and sunny with clear skies. On Sunday, we bought a few packs of Chicken thigh-leg pieces. Grilling was the only mode of cooking I was interested in as I was way too lazy to make anything else. I was very close to pouring the store bought marinade over the chicken, but somehow managed to overcome it. I made my own easy marinade and gave the chicken a good massage with it.

I didn’t want to spend too much time making the marinade, hence I threw some ingredients into the blender and made a paste out of it. Spread it over the chicken and allowed it to rest for an hour. Placed it on the grill and grilled to perfection. This time, I made sure not to over cook the chicken. You know how it gets dry when you over cook it right? Not a good thing. And, my hubby likes it juicy and moist. This grilled chicken tasted fabulous. Because home-made marinade is fresh, it tastes a hundred times better than the store-bought ones. Try and read the ingredients in some of the store-bought marinades. If you can’t pronounce the ingredient it usually means it isn’t good for your body.

Here is my yet another favorite grilled cilantro chicken that I tried last month using homemade marinade.

Grilled Pepper Chicken:

Ingredients:

  • Chicken thigh-leg pieces- 4

For making Marinade:

  • Onion, chopped- 1/2 of an onion
  • Ginger, chopped- 2 inch slice
  • Garlic, chopped- 4 cloves
  • Tomato, chopped- 1 small
  • Whole pepper corns- 20
  • Cumin seeds- 1 1/2 tsp
  • Cilantro, chopped- 1 handful
  • Mint leaves- 5
  • Ground pepper- 1/2 tsp
  • Salt- 1/2 tsp or according to your needs
  • Lemon juice- 1 tbsp

Instruction

  • In a blender, throw all the ingredients for making the marinade.
  • Grind it to a thick paste, use very little water while grinding.
  • Spread the marinade over the chicken.
  • Cover the chicken with plastic wrap and refrigerate it for at least an hour or marinate it overnight.
  • Have the grill ready, spray nonstick cooking spray over the grill.
  • Spray the oil to the chicken and place it over the grill at medium heat.
  • Let it cook, flip it over and spray cooking spray on the other side too.
  • Grill till both sides have turned golden brown.
  • You could drizzle some lemon juice while the chicken is grilling.
  • Don’t over grill it as it would turn dry.
  • When the chicken has cooked well and turned golden brown in color, remove from the grill.
  • Serve along with your favorite salad.
  • I made a Lemony Salad: I used lettuce, cucumber and tomato, drizzled lemon juice, salt and ground pepper over the salad.
How to make baked Pepper chicken:
  • If you don’t have a grill, bake this in the oven.
  • Place the marinated chicken on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil and greased with cooking spray.
  • Preheat oven to 375 F.
  • Place the baking sheet inside the oven and bake for total 45 minutes.
  • After the first 20 minutes of baking, flip the chicken over and spray cooking spray over it and bake for another 25 minutes.
  • You could even drizzle some lemon juice just before you take it out of the oven.
Tips:
  • The marinade wasn’t that spicy so if you want it spicy add some more ground pepper to the chicken.

 

Grilled Pepper Chicken Using Homemade Marinade
 
Ingredients
  • Chicken thigh-leg pieces- 4
For making Marinade
  • Onion, chopped- ½ of an onion
  • Ginger, chopped- 2 inch slice
  • Garlic, chopped- 4 cloves
  • Tomato, chopped- 1 small
  • Whole pepper corns- 20
  • Cumin seeds- 1½ tsp
  • Cilantro, chopped- 1 handful
  • Mint leaves- 5
  • Ground pepper- ½ tsp
  • Salt- ½ tsp or according to your needs
  • Lemon juice- 1 tbsp
Instructions
  1. In a blender, throw all the ingredients for making the marinade.
  2. Grind it to a thick paste, use very little water while grinding.
  3. Spread the marinade over the chicken.
  4. Cover the chicken with plastic wrap and refrigerate it for at least an hour or marinate it overnight.
  5. Have the grill ready, spray nonstick cooking spray over the grill.
  6. Spray the oil to the chicken and place it over the grill at medium heat.
  7. Let it cook, flip it over and spray cooking spray on the other side too.
  8. Grill till both sides have turned golden brown.
  9. You could drizzle some lemon juice while the chicken is grilling.
  10. Don't over grill it as it would turn dry.
  11. When the chicken has cooked well and turned golden brown in color, remove from the grill.
  12. Serve along with your favorite salad.
  13. I made a Lemony Salad: I used lettuce, cucumber and tomato, drizzled lemon juice, salt and ground pepper over the salad.
How to make baked Pepper chicken:
  1. If you don't have a grill, bake this in the oven.
  2. Place the marinated chicken on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil and greased with cooking spray.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  4. Place the baking sheet inside the oven and bake for total 45 minutes.
  5. After the first 20 minutes of baking, flip the chicken over and spray cooking spray over it and bake for another 25 minutes.
  6. You could even drizzle some lemon juice just before you take it out of the oven.
Notes
•The marinade wasn't that spicy so if you want it spicy add some more ground pepper to the chicken

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