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Aug 2, 2012 03:48 PM

Best marinade for grilled chicken? - No gluten, soy, or dairy

My normal marinade for grilled chicken calls for soy sauce, lemon juice, oil, and various spices. It's great and very simple, but I'm going to be cooking for someone who can't have any gluten, soy or dairy, so I need to come up with something else.

I'll probably be marinating boneless chicken (both breasts and thighs) and then grilling them on a charcoal grill. What are some great marinades that are interesting and meet these restrictions?

Dave MP

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  1. Lemon juice, garlic, olive oil and herbs. Rosemary is nice. It's simple. Or do it with lime and tequila.

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    1. re: wyogal

      My husband does a take on lime and tequila but adds herbs (various....don't know which ones!) and chiles to spice it up. It gets spicer the next day.

      Another good one is olive oil and herbs. You can add oregano or rosemary to shake it up.

      Both those recipes go into a vacuum sealed tumbler and then out to the grill.

    2. I really like chimichurri on grilled chicken. Marinate in the fridge, but save some sauce for the table. It just screams summer to me!

      I also use many different rubs, then drizzle olive oil on, just before it hits the grill.

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      1. re: sedimental

        I like this chimichurri idea, and also like the idea of having extra sauce at the table. Thanks!

      2. Our favorite for a while now is:

        1/4 cup cider vinegar
        1 1/2 Tablespoons whole grain mustard
        1 1/2 Tablespoons dijon mustard
        3 cloves garlic, crushed
        1 lime, juiced
        1/4 cup brown sugar (I usually just add a Tablespoon)
        a little salt
        6 Tablespoons olive oil

        Whisk all together well and pour over chicken; marinate all afternoon or overnight and grill.
        *I do add fresh rosemary to this also most of the time*

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        1. re: Val

          This is a great marinade. I just tried it. I omtted the brown sugar and added 2 tsp orange juice.

          1. re: Val

            The chicken is in the bag, grill is lit up, ready for takeoff. Thanks for the recipe. I added a shallot, some grated fresh ginger and a chili pepper. We shall see, it tasted delicious before I added it to the chicken.

            Was really good! Many thanks, keeper.

            1. re: SocksManly

              so glad you both enjoyed is very forgiving and you can add or subtract and still have a great result.

          2. Thanks everyone for the ideas. We ended up using a marinade of just lemon juice, oil, oregano, salt, and pepper, and it came out great, since we marinated the chicken overnight.

            Looking forward to trying other ideas in the future!

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            1. re: Dave MP

              if this is someone for whom you're going to be cooking frequently, pick up a botte of Coconut Secret coconut aminos - you can get it at Berkeley Bowl, Mollie Stone's, Whole Foods & the like. it's a gluten-and soy-free substitute for soy sauce, so you can still make your go-to marinade.