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Sesame & Honey-Ginger Chicken Marinade

So easy and so tasty, also works great with fish and tofu!  See below for other pairing suggestions!

 

Ingredients

1/4 c NOOC Honey Ginger White Balsamic

2 tbsp NOOC Japanese Toasted Sesame Oil

2 tbsp NOOC Extra Virgin Olive Oil 

1 tbsp Soy Sauce, Tamari or Bragg’s 

1-2 cloves garlic, minced or crushed

Chili flakes to taste (optional)

4-6 Chicken breasts or 8 thighs (roughly!) cut in strips or slices 

Instructions

Lay chicken in a single layer in a shallow dish or container (or ziplock bag).  Whisk marinade ingredients in a small bowl and pour over chicken making sure to coat all sides.  Seal and refrigerate for 6-24 hrs (or leave at room temperature for up to 2 hrs for a quick effective soak if you’re short on time!).   

 

BBQ or BAKE!  BBQ over medium-high heat, or pre-heat oven to 350F and BAKE in a single layer (I like a shallow glass pan) uncovered  for approx. 30 mins.  BROIL at the end for a few minutes to brown the tops.

PANKO CHICKEN or TOFU STRIPS!  Add an egg and splash of milk to the marinade, pull strips out of liquid and generously coat with PANKO bread crumbs (put the PANKO on a plate and dab strips to coat all sides), bake on parchment lined baking sheet at 350 F for 20-30 mins, turning 1/2 way through, until golden brown!  

STIRFRY!  Heat a tbsp of EVOO in a pan, add a chopped onion and cook on med/low for 5-10 mins until soft.  Add small chicken pieces (reserve marinade) and fry until sealed, add marinade to pan and cook on med/high for a few minutes to caramelize, then add 1/3 c of water, bring to a boil reduce heat and simmer until sauce thickens. Finish by adding veggies of your choice, my faves are broccoli, red pepper, zucchini, carrot, snap peas, bok choy, spinach…whatever your pleasure!  Serve over rice or quinoa, and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds or almonds

TIP: The more surface area you can expose to the marinade the better, I tend to slice the breasts in 2 or 3 large strips before marinating if I’m going to BAKE or BBQ, or even smaller strips if I’m going to stir-fry.  

Variations

The sky is the limit with this marinade!  Try substituting the Honey Ginger & Sesame with any combination of the following (skip the soy sauce and you really only need to add salt and pepper to these and they are amazing - but adding fresh garlic or NOOC Garlic Olive Oil is always welcome!

 

NOOC Thai Lemongrass Mint White Balsamic & NOOC Persain Lime Olive Oil

NOOC Coconut White Balsamic & NOOC Baklouti Green Chile Olive Oil

NOOC Dark Chocolate Balsamic & NOOC Chipotle Olive Oil

NOOC Honey Ginger White Balsamic & NOOC Blood Orange Olive Oil

NOOC Sicilian Lemon White Balsamic & NOOC Milanese Gremolata Olive Oil

NOOC Sicilian Lemon Balsamic & NOOC Tuscan Herb Olive Oil

NOOC Alfoos Mango Balsamic & NOOC Harissa Olive Oil

 

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