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Chicken Marinated in Sunny Delight...that Can't be good!

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I was at a party tonight where the hosts served fajitas. The beef was tough and inedible, but the chicken tasted very good. When I asked how it was prepared, he said it had been marinated in "Sunny Delight" with seasoned salt.

If I had not tasted it, I would have rolled my eyes (not in front of him) in disgust. Don't you hate when short cuts like this taste so darn good! (It's like bad people winning the lottery!)

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  1. I not sure if I would be so hard on your host. Sunny D is just cirtus and sugar. It like cooking ham with coke. I love short cuts. Will have to try it sometime.

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    1. re: yimster

      There is virtually no juice in Sunny D. She marinated the chicken in water, sugar a samll amount of citrus and a bunch of chemicals. here is the ingredient list. Blech!

      Water (H2O), High Fructose, Corn Syrup and 2% or Less of Each of the Following: Concentrated Juices (Orange, Tangerine, Apple, Lime, Grapefruit). Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Beta-Carotene, Thiamin Hydrochloride (Vitamin B1), Natural Flavors, Food Starch-Modified, Canola Oil, Cellulose Gum, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hexametaphosphate (NaPO3)6, Sodium Benzoate To Protect Flavor, Yellow #5, Yellow #6

      1. re: foodiex2

        I remember seeing "canola oil" on the list and swearing off ever drinking Sunny D. Oil? In "juice"?

        1. re: mtyf
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          Hungry Celeste

          While I abhor Sunny D as a drink (it is kinda gross tasting in a glass), let's think about what goes into a marinade: a little oil, a little acid, some flavoring...from the ingredients listed above, sounds like Sunny D is a pretty good ready-made marinade.

          1. re: Hungry Celeste

            Agreed, on paper it's better as a marinade than as a juice. That just weirds me out though, given the millions (?) of kids who drink it as a juice...!

        2. re: foodiex2

          It's the Yellow #5 that really makes the flavors dance.

          1. re: neighbor

            Totally disagree, neighbor, I'm certain that it is the Yellow#6.

            1. re: rudeboy

              While both Yellows 5 & 6 are not without their charms, it's gotta be the modified food starch that makes it.

              1. re: ChrisOfStumptown

                Well, agree, assuming that it is "modified" in the correct manner.

                1. re: ChrisOfStumptown

                  Personally, I think it's the Sodium Hexametaphosphate that makes the dish memorable

        3. It's the corn syrup that you are tasting. Most barbecue sauces and lots of marinades are also high in HFCS. I saw a KC Masterpiece flavor the other day where it was the very first ingredient. We seem to have some sort of chemical addiction to it!

          1. My parents own a small grocery store in LA with a large Mexican clientele. They sell the SunnyDelight marinated chicken at the meat counter and I gotta tell you that it SELLS and is really really good - flavorful and very moist. We always have it when we have a bbq at our house and eat it on it's own or as fajitas too. The recipe they use was one that came from one of the butchers on staff and includes some other spices (he won't tell us) along with onions and bellpeppers.

            1. Well I have prepare an orange chicken recipe with Sunny D and it was delish!!

                1. re: LuluTheMagnificent

                  Tonite on the fly I threw frozen in a Dutch oven a pork loin and added cumin, a head of garlic, 2 sliced onions, paprika, salt, pepper, oregano, basil, zest and juice of 3 limes, 1 can of chicken broth and 1cup of sunny d as I had no oj. Simmered on medium for 4 hours on the stove. OMG! This came out so incredible! I'm an ok cook but the flavor was so good and different. My hubby was impressed said he'd pay for that at a restaurant. Easy recipe and u looked like you slaved all day:)

                  1. re: Nadine7777

                    I've done the drunk post too many times myself.