One of the best ways to inject flavour into meats is with a marinade. Chicken is mild when it comes to meat so there’s alot of room for flavours.
As I’ve written before, Greeks prefer their savory foods to remain savory, although some sweetness is tolerated and enjoyed. This marinade for chicken is sure to please Greeks of all generations and all regions.
I’ve added some heat, as my family comes from Florina and we do like our spicy foods but you may certainly skip this but I recommend trying just a little heat – that cold beer will be even more enjoyable!
Marinade recipes are very free-flowing as every one’s tastes vary. This one contains olive oil, mustard, bay leaves, garlic, grated onion, hot chilli pepper, dried Greek oregano and salt and pepper.
I always add the ingredients in a zip-lock bag and adjust seasoning to the taste. If the marinade finally tastes good, chances are you’ll have a wonderful and delicious result.
To accompany this char-grilled chicken, I’ve been playing with (and enjoying) grilled potatoes. They are wonderfully easy and all one has to do is par-boil the potatoes, add your flavours of choice while they are still warm and simply skewer and grill on sides of the potatoes. Again, this is another way to beat the heat in the kitchen, I parboil the potatoes the night before and bring them to room temperature when I’m ready to grill.
The final component of today’s Greek grill are the vegetables. This aspect is free-flowing. Use what’s fresh and cheap at the market, in season. On the day I grilled these vegetables, I was in the mood for fennel, zucchini, eggplant, peppers and onions. I simply toss the vegetables in olive oil, season with salt, pepper and garlic powder and grill for a few minutes on each side.
All they need is a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil, a splash of good balsamic vinegar and some salt & pepper to finish off.
Entertaining this weekend? Grab that package of chicken pieces or segment a chicken or two. Parboil some spuds and throw those on the grill too! Don’t forget your veggies…no one will snort at them when they are served hot off the grill!
Chargrilled Chicken With Potatoes and Vegetables
2 chickens, segmented or 12 chicken pieces
1/4 cup olive oil
zest and juice of 1 lemon
1 Tbsp. of Dijon mustard
1 medium onion, passed through the box grater
6 cloves of garlic, minced
2 bay leaves
2 red chillis, crushed
1 Tbsp. dried Greek oregano
salt and pepper to taste
- Place all of your marinade ingredients inside a large zip-lock bag and squish the contents to blend. Have a taste and adjust the ingredients according to taste.
- Now add your chicken pieces to the marinade, squish the marinade around the pieces, seal and place in the fridge. Marinade for at least 5 hours, overnight would be best.
- Pre-heat your gas or charcoal grill. Brush/clean the grill surface of any residue. You want your grill to be a medium-high heat. Your chicken should be returned to room temperature before grilling.
- Take the chicken out of the zip-lock back and wipe away excess marinade (discard the bag and marinade). Season your chicken with some salt and pepper and place on the grill. Grill your chicken over medium-high heat, about 10-12 minutes per side. You can check for doneness by poking a fork into the meat. The juices should run clear.
- Allow the chicken to rest for a few minutes before seerving. Sprinkle some dried Greek oregano on top and serve with wedges of lemon.
16-20 new potatoes (or other potato cut into small uniform size)
salt and pepper
- Place your potatoes in salted water and bring to a boil. When they water starts to boil, cook them for 12 minutes.
- Carefully remove the potatoes from the water and immediately toss in olive oil, some sweet paprika and some salt and pepper to taste.
- Keep on tossing so that the potatoes can absorb theÂ olive oil and seasonings. Allow the potatoes to come to room temperature.
- Place on metal skewers (or wooden ones soaked overnight in water) and place on your grill for about 12-15 minutes, turning frequently.
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