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Need Some New Grilled Chicken Ideas

Getting bored with all my old boneless skinless chicken breast recipes for the grill. Got any interesting ideas? Only "must" is it has to be for boneless/skinless - it's what I have and the only thing my husband will eat anyway.

Thanks :-)

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  1. Try a spicy Korean chicken with either boneless/skinless breast or thigh.
    The picture here is thigh.

    I can post the recipe if you are interested.

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    1. re: hannaone

      That sounds pretty good but I probably don't have the ingredients on hand today to make it. However, if it isn't too much trouble, I would love to have the recipe for another time. I did have something asian in mind, and I guess if it isn't too complicated I might go out and get what I need :-)

      1. re: sivyaleah

        Here you go:

        Spicy Marinade

        1 cup soy sauce
        1 Tbsp doenjang paste (soy bean paste)(may be omitted if not available)
        1/2 cup beef, pork, or chicken stock or water
        1/2 cup medium or fine ground red chili pepper
        1/4 cup coarse ground red chili pepper (flakes & seeds)
        3 Tbsp sugar
        1/4 cup brown sugar or honey
        1 small or medium Asian pear*
        6 garlic cloves, peeled
        1 medium white or yellow onion
        2 inch ginger root, peeled
        3 Tbsp pure sesame oil
        2 Tbsp coarse ground black pepper
        1 bunch green onions, finely chopped
        2 Tbsp Korean rice cooking wine, rice vinegar, or mirin
        (* may substitute kiwi or sweet apple)


        Slice onion, pear, and ginger root into small sections and place with garlic into blender, add water as needed and blend into a smooth paste.
        Combine water and sugars in a small pan and heat over low heat, stirring until sugars are disolved.
        Remove from heat and cool.
        In a large bowl, combine all ingrdients. Add a small amount of water as needed to maintain a thick smooth paste.
        Stir well and refrigerate until use.

        Baste this sauce/marinade onto your chicken or pork, Cover and let stand for 30 minutes.
        Grill to desired done-ness.

        1. re: hannaone

          This sound absolutely delicious. I don't have all the ingredients although surprisingly I do have most (I happen to have ginger root in the house, but no rice vinegar or mirin and a couple of other things). I'm going to save this for sure, and when I make it I'll let you know how it turns out. My husband will love this - all the flavors are right up his alley!

        2. re: sivyaleah

          Well, I think that the boneless, skinless chicken on the grill is kind of boring, but a couple of things I have tried are:

          Make a marinade out of ketchup, soy, orange juice (or lemon), dijon, brown sugar. Sorry, but I never measure, and let chicken marinate a couple of hours (overnight is best).

          I watched a show today, where the bbq guy said he did "mountain dew" in his marinade.

          I also let mine marinate in good balsamic, wine, garlic and oil.

          I have also started to dip my breasts in a some flour, shake off good and then grill.

          It's not as good as the skin on, but it beats them being dried out.

          Can you tell I have chicken alot? And yes, the boneless, skinless here too!

          1. re: mcel215

            What happens to the flour on the grill? I'm curious how this works.

            BTW, your marinade sounds good. I make something similar - ketchup, soy, cider vinegar, hot sauce.

            1. re: sivyaleah

              Well, I pat the marinade, so it's almost dry. I dregde the chicken breast lightly with flour, and shake until it's barely there. It somehow, leaves a fine coat, that enhances the chicken breast. I don't know how to explain it, but there have been times that my chicken is tough on the outer layer. I have been trying to experiment with the flour/panko/sesame seeds (fish mostly), and tried it on my chicken. So far, my chicken seems more moist, and less tough. But, it's not the same heavier coating that I would use to fry my chicken. Hope this helps.

              When I was playing with my marinade, I was trying to copy chinese chicken wings. Sometimes, I add garlic and ginger, but not often. Haven't tried hot sauce though.

      2. Grilled Chicken Breasts in Spiced Yogurt is really nice...and different:


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        1. re: Val

          Val - this is perfect for us tonight. I have everything I need - including fresh mint because I grow it. Think I'll do it with couscous and grilled corn. Thanks for sending me the link.

          1. re: Val

            I make a spiced yogurt marinade for chicken that is quite similar to the epicurious one, but I spice all the yogurt and reserve what I don't need for the marinade to serve alongside the grilled chicken. In 2 c. of yogurt, I use 1 T. cinnamon, 2 t. cloves, 1 t. coriander,1 t. cumin, and 1 t. cayenne. To the yogurt mixture I add about 5 smashed and minced garic cloves and about a quarter of a finely chopped red onion. Marinate the seasoned chicken breasts in enough of the yogurt to coat for at least an hour.

            1. re: Val

              Val, I did make this last night. I was wonderful! Especially the chopped mint/shallot side "drizzle". Good thing I made the whole recipe for that part instead of halving it like I did with the rest of it because it was so good we used it all up for only the 2 of us :-)

              1. re: sivyaleah

                Glad you liked it; it's so easy but the results are outstanding, one of our favorite marinades for grilled chicken.

            2. I can relate to your boredom. Boneless skinless chicken breasts are about the only meat prepared in my house and it is almost always grilled. Something that makes a tremendous difference is a 24 hour marinade. This will almost always guarantee a moist and extremely flavorful result.
              Also, recently I have taken to topping them ith different things right at the end. When the breasts are cooked through I will turn off the grill and top the chicken with smoked turkey, pineapple, and swiss cheese or artichoke hearsts, sundried tomatoes, and mozzarella, basically whatever strikes your fancy, and just close the lid of the grill until the cheese begins to melt. This is a nice occasional twist that does not compromise the health of the food too much.

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              1. re: ArikaDawn

                Arika - it's funny how I've never considered melting cheese on chicken before. I usually reserve that splurge solely for my burgers (as infrequently as I eat those). I'll have to remember this too. I had bought za'atar recently (a mediterrean herb mixture) and yesterday purchase a greek grilling cheese which I was going to make greek pizza with. However, now you gave me the idea of just flavoring the chicken with it and melting the cheese onto of the chicken instead. It would be great with sundried tomato too. I have to wait another night when I have the right side dishes to do with this to make it a bit more "greek" (I'm thinking maybe chopping it up and serving it in pita would be fabulous!).

                Thanks for another great tip!

                1. re: sivyaleah

                  I bet crumbled feta on top of the chicken would also taste great.

              2. Try this:

                Sweet-Spicy Thai Herb-Grilled Chicken Breasts


                6 skinless boneless chicken breast halves (about 2 1/2 pounds total)


                3 tablespoons finely chopped peeled fresh ginger
                4 garlic cloves
                4 tablespoons soy sauce
                1 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce (nam pla)
                1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
                1/3 cup finely chopped fresh basil
                1/3 cup finely chopped fresh mint
                1/3 cup finely chopped cilantro
                2 tablespoons (packed) dark brown sugar
                1 serrano chili, stemmed, chopped(Use 2 if you like it spicier)
                1/3 cup white wine
                Whole cilantro leaves for garnish

                Place each breast half between two sheets of plastic wrap and flatten gently with a rubber mallet or rolling pin in order to create a uniform thickness. This will allow for all parts of the meat to be cooked evenly on the grill.

                Combine marinade ingredients in food processor or blender until smooth.

                Place chicken breasts in a large plastic ziplock bag and pour the marinade over the meat so it is evenly coated on all sides. Seal bag, making sure to push any excess air out; chill at least 4 hours, up to overnight.

                Heat grill (medium-high direct heat). Grill chicken until cooked through, about 4-5 minutes per side.

                Cut chicken crosswise into thin slices. Transfer to plates and serve. Garnish with cilantro leaves.

                Serves 4-6.

                1. I don't mean to hijack this topic so ignore me if you feel that's what I'm doing. I'm just very curious as to when boneless/skinless chicken breasts became almost the standard when chicken is prepared. Is it for health reasons, ease of use? It's just my very unscientific observation based on the cooking of friends, family, and the many cooking forums I visit. Boneless/skinless chicken breast seems to be the hands down choice of most people. I can count on one hand the number of times I've purchased the chicken in question. Besides being very expensive, I prefer chicken on the bone, but of course everyone has their own taste.

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                  1. re: emmisme

                    I prepare it often because it is somewhat healthful, easy to prepare, and versatile. I also have a pretty established aversion to any cut of meat with skin and bones still attached. Boneless skinless chicken breasts were also what was most often prepared for me when I was growing up so there is the draw based on my familiarity with it.

                    1. re: emmisme

                      It's because my husband has a thing about meat on the bone - it grosses him out. If it were up to me, I'd buy it on the bone, w/the skin on in fact :-)

                      He won't eat a steak on the bone either. Only filet mignon.

                      But yes - health reasons too. High cholesterol for both of us. The chicken skin is a trigger food for me particularly. I almost never roast a whole one anymore because I can't resist eating the skin (when I do cook one, I have to cut the breast off in the kitchen and plate it for my husband and then bring it to the table. What a baby LOL).

                      1. re: sivyaleah

                        Wow...to me, meat on the bone is a step above all others! Isn't that funny? To me, it's much juicier...tastier...if I am looking for ribs, gotta be on the bone...steak, again, if I'm buying it, it's gotta be on the bone. Each to his or her own!

                        1. re: Val

                          Val, I'm totally with you on this. There IS no comparison. Unfortunately, I've made my compromise for the sake of health and marital compromise :-)

                        2. re: sivyaleah

                          Oh thank goodness for your hubby! I get so much flack for my aversion because according to my SO it is such a, "prissy chick thing". Now I can proudly tell him there is in fact a man who shares this aversion and he is clearly enough of a man, without gnawing on bones, to keep a wife, haha.

                          1. re: ArikaDawn

                            Go ahead! He's no prissy man either, let your SO know that :-)
                            (You can also let him know I'm happy to accommodate him, if that helps your cause at all LOL)

                        3. re: emmisme

                          When I buy my breasts on sale (really 1/2 of a whole breast), they cost me about $1.00 per half. I find this quite reasonable.

                          Also, I really don't like the skin, and I know it's all fat, so why bother. The bone? Well, I know it can add flavor, but to me, it's not all that much flavor. I do eat low-fat, or at least try to, so the skinless, boneless is the chicken I buy. I don't eat the dark meat, so haven't done a whole chicken in a long time. With the kids grown and on their own, it's just me to cook for.

                          Anyway, that's my reason.

                          1. re: emmisme

                            Thanks for the feedback and humoring me. So if almost everyone is eating chicken breasts, why are Americans so overweight? It's more a rhetorical question... my guess is it's the "not so healthy" sides that go with the chicken.

                            1. re: emmisme

                              Well, man/women can't live on chicken breast alone. Every now and then you got to add a wing or two in :-) (or a dozen, buffalo style preferably, hence the weight problems LOL)

                          2. For something very simple, have you tried topping your grilled chicken breast with pesto? You can then sprinkle a little Parm Reg over that if you like...

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                            1. re: jinet12

                              See below - another good idea for all of my basil!

                            2. I tried something new a couple of nights ago after being inspried by a post about thai basil chicken. We wanted to grill, not wok though, so it really was loosely inspired. ;)

                              I made a marinade of lime juice, soy sauce, canola oil, rice wine vinegar, chili oil, garlic, S&P, and tons of fresh basil and let the chicken marinate for a couple of hours and then grilled it. We used bone-in/skin-on thighs...which is about as far from boneless, skinless breast as you can get, but I see no reason why you couldn't use the same marinade. I also saved about half of the marinade, added a bit of chicken stock and boiled the crap out of it to get all the nasties out and reduce a bit and used that as a sauce. (served over brown rice, with veggies grilled in a foil packet on the side with additional fresh basil over the top)

                              Definately tasty and kinda different.

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                              1. re: wawajb

                                This sounds great too, we grow basil as well :-) I'm getting a lot of great new ideas from this thread!

                                1. re: sivyaleah

                                  Yeah...I was poking around for basil ideas here because my basil plant is attempting to take over my little herb garden. This is my first year growing herbs and I'm LOVING it.

                                  1. re: sivyaleah

                                    I often grill chicken breasts with a simple marinade: olive oil, kosher salt, pepper, minced garlic and a large handful of chopped basil. On the side, I may grill peach halves brushed with a bit of balsamic. The two flavors go together wonderfully.

                                2. We tried a new rib marinade that was soooo good, dieing to try on chicken - you can first. It's things in most fridge/cabinets (we had to quickly remember what we put it in because it was one of those, hmmm add this, then this recipes). :-) Started with Italian dressing because I do like that but I love BBQ too so I added that but all I had was this kick ass hot so I didn't want to add a lot, I wasn't satisfied with the ratio of bbq to italian so I added ketchup, then some honey, then hubby said it needs some olive oil for more liquid but acid really tenderizes so I added balsamic viniger and whollahhh!!!! It was frigin, finger lickin good. I can't wait to play it again. We were moaning through the ribs. It could have used more marinade time but we picked up the ribs late so they only sat in this for an hour or so.

                                  1. You could try grill Jamaican jerk chicken

                                    2 cups finely chopped scallion
                                    2 Scotch bonnet or habaƱero chilies, seeded and minced
                                    2 tablespoons soy sauce
                                    2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
                                    5 teaspoons ground allspice
                                    3 teaspoons dijon mustard
                                    2 bay leaves, center ribs discarded and the leaves crumbled
                                    2 garlic cloves, chopped
                                    1 tablespoon salt
                                    2 teaspoons sugar
                                    1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme, crumbled
                                    1 teaspoon cinnamon

                                    Blend all this stuff up and marinate the breasts in 3/4 of it for a couple of hours to a day. Use the rest for basting while grilling. One thing I like to do with it is throw it on some mixed greens with goat cheese, tomotoes, cucmber and jicama with a lime vin.

                                    You could also pound out the breast real thin, wrap it around some asparagus or green beans and tie it up. Then grill it while basting it with some teriyaki sauce. Serve it with some fried rice.

                                    Have Fun

                                    1. I like to get rid of the tendon-thingie, pound them out to about 1/2 in., then lots of evoo, salt, pepper, & urfa (pepper), grill hot until just, just done, rest them, slice, then watch my boys hoover them in pita with tzatsiki & other veg. (I eat, too.)

                                      1. Here is a sweet, spicy, simple recipe I came up with. I put some teriyaki sauce in a glass dish, just enough to cover the botttom half of the breast, add a bit of olive oil, and sitr it up. Then add the breasts, making sure to get both sides nice and juicy. Sprinkle some 5 Spice powder on, then a bit of dried tarragon that has been crunched up in your fingers. Do that on both sides, and let sit in fridge for about 30 min. (longer if you have time) turning once. Then toss on the grill. Don't overcook, but you sound like you use boneless, skinless enough to know how to do that. It is very yummy.