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Simple, generic marnade for chicken?

I'm baking some chicken tenders to carry in my lunch next week, and wondered if anyone had any ideas for a good marinade? Something I could make out of basic ingredients, or even a good bottled one that's reasonably cheap. The tenders will probably be used in other dishes, like salad, or mixed into rice, or tossed together with lettuce, refried beans, and salsa for a chicken taco salad, but I do intend to eat them plain at least once.

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  1. Good old Italian vinaigrette dressing! I love Ken's steak house Italian dressing for chicken.

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    1. re: lab294

      I love Ken's zesty Italian - absolute fav for marinating lots of things.

    2. I sometimes do soy, vinegar, cumin, and chili powder, oil optional.

      1. Ditto the italian dressing, or, this one is easy and very good: http://www.grocerybudget101.com/conte... ... not sure it would be great in a taco salad though. But it would be good in regular salad. For your taco salad, plain chicken with the salsa usually works just fine.

        1. Italian or Greek bottled dressing of your choice.

          1. quick 'n' easy? Good Season's from the packet. dry rub it with the powder and later drizzle the oil and vinegar an hour or two before cooking.

            quick 'n' easy with a touch of thought? olive oil, garlic, rosemary (dried/powdered are allowed, even encouraged here) S+P. lemon juice to finish.

              1. re: Alan408

                Second this. My favorite version is Mr. Yoshida's Original Gourmet Sweet & Savory Marinade & Cooking Sauce, available at Costco and some supermarkets.

                Also good as a marinade or a baste/glaze for roast chicken: equal parts soy sauce, honey, and toasted sesame oil.

              2. honey
                lemon juice
                herbs that you happen to have

                1. May be heresy to a gourmet, but we like marinating boring chicken in Paul Newman's Low Fat Ginger Sesame dressing, but I add a crushed clove of garlic and some fresh ginger to zip up the flavor.

                  1. Chopped garlic, salt/pepper, dried rosemary, dried sage, dried thyme, olive oil. Maybe a splash of balsamic.

                    1. I like a simple marinade of fresh squeezed lemon juice, olive oil, S&P.

                      Another good one is tamari soy sauce, vegetable or peanut oil, minced fresh ginger and garlic.

                      1. Any bottom shelf salad dressing will add flavor to basically tasteless chicken breasts. Even Green Goddess.

                        1. Soy sauce, ginger, honey, a touch of rice wine vinegar, and garlic. Marinate for about an hour.

                          Very quickly seared in a very hot skillet. Tasty and can be added to many other dishes.