Chicken marinade recipes you can freeze.
This post shows you exactly how to marinate chicken breasts to get the BEST flavor, and how to freeze them for easy convenient dinners.
Boneless skinless chicken breasts are pretty much a staple in our weeknight dinner routine, and 90% of the time, we end up baking them in the oven.
We’ve been stuck in a chicken routine lately, and I’m getting a little sick of the same old flavors
How long to bake your chicken breasts :
How long you bake your chicken breasts depends 100% on the size…and not all chicken breasts are created equal. The best bet is to weigh your chicken breasts to determine the perfect cook time.
- For small, 5 oz chicken breasts, 18-20 minutes at 425°F
- For 7 oz chicken breasts, 25 minutes at 425°F
- For 10.5 oz chicken breasts, 25-30 minutes at 425°F
If you are unsure if your chicken breast is cooked through, you can either cut your chicken breast in half and look for pink, or you can use a thermometer and check that it has reached an internal temperature of 165°F.
* A serving size of chicken is 3-4 oz, about the size of the palm of your hand. So splitting a chicken breast between two people is normally a good bet.
Chicken marinade equipment :
All you really need for these recipes is a quart sized heavy-duty freezer bag and a sharpie. I am constantly looking for ways to reduce my kitchen waste, but I haven’t found a suitable alternative to freezer bags when it comes to marinades. Glass containers require substantially more marinade to coat the meat.
If you have a more environmentally-friendly alternative, let me know in the comments!
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Rules for marinating chicken :
Marinating ‘rules’: OK, I’ve read up on chicken marinades quite a bit this month and there is quite a bit of contradictory advice out there.
Some people say that marinating in citrus or acid-based marinades leads to mealy chicken but that was not the case for any of these marinades (possibly because they are balanced with oils and other ingredients).
Aside from that, I’ve tried to answer any questions you might have about these recipes below:
- Can I use these marinades without freezing them? Yes, absolutely. Pop them in the fridge for 2 hours all the way up to 24 hours. I don’t recommend marinating longer than that without freezing.
2. How long can these be frozen? Up to 3 months. As everything freezes, the marinating process stops and starts up again as the chicken thaws
3. What if my chicken is already frozen? Do not thaw your chicken if you are going to freeze again. Add the marinades to already frozen chicken, and you will still get a ton of flavor from marinating while it thaws.
4. How to thaw the chicken? The safest bet is in the fridge overnight, but you can do a rapid-thaw process in cold water for a few hours. Just make sure your freezer bag is heavy duty so you don’t have any leakage!
5. Can these marinades be used on other types of meat? Probably but I’ve only tested with chicken. I would not freeze fish in these marinades but they may be good for a quick 30-minute marinade.
6. Can I grill or pan-fry the chicken? I have only tested these recipes in the oven but they should be transferable to the grill and frying pan. You may wish to shake off excess marinade prior to grilling to prevent flare-ups and/or brush more marinade on while grilling for extra flavor.
7. One more thing- don’t forget to let your chicken rest after you bake it. Resting 5-10 minutes at room temperature before slicing will help seal in the juices