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Aug 7, 2008 04:12 PM

Marinating chicken in a vinegar based dressing for how long?

I recently heard that one should not marinate chicken in a vinegar-based dressing (I usually use Annie's Goddess dressing) for longer than 1/2 hour. I can't remember why. Does anyone know? What's up?

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  1. favorite grilled chicken uses a marinade with a vinegar base...there's even fresh lime juice added and it is best marinated overnight!!! I believe you may have misunderstood or perhaps been misinformed. In the olden days (heh!) I did use a bottled Zesty Italian dressing for a chicken marinade (and if you add some Creole seasoning like Chachere's..oooh is that ever good but SALTY!!!) to be cooked on the grill and that's sort of vinegary ... no problem with it at all. Some liquids in marinades tend to "cook" the meat such as fresh lime you suppose that's what they meant, lime juice vs. vinegar?

    1. The acid will break down the chicken meat (and fish for that matter) and give it a mushy texture. 1/2 to 1 hour seems ok depending on how big the pieces are.

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