Tuesday, May 17, 2011

May 17, 2011: Drunken Chicken Recipe

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Here’s another grilling recipe that might be just the thing for your Memorial Day barbecue. It’s best to marinate chicken in this liquid overnight so that it really soaks up all the great flavors. When you grill it up, the skin will get incredibly crispy on the outside but leave the meat on the inside really tender and juicy.

For accompaniments, consider guacamole, salsa and chips, a tossed green salad, quesadillas, and black beans tossed with red bell peppers, green onions, and jalapeno slices.

Drunken Chicken Marinade

2 cups tequila (a cheap variety is just fine)
Juice and zest of one large or two small limes
1/3 cup kosher salt
1 T. black peppercorns
3 sprigs fresh cilantro
3 cloves garlic, smashed
1 T. red pepper flakes

Combine all ingredients in a large, nonmetallic container. Add the chicken (whole or in pieces) and marinate in the refrigerator at least 2 hours, preferably overnight.

An hour before eating, heat the grill to medium. Place the chicken on the grill, indirectly over the heat so it doesn’t flame up. Cook for 45 minutes to one hour.

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