Summertime, my friends. It’s knocking at your door. With it’s warm weather and fireworks and no homework and dip your toes in the lake and read a book and drink up the wonderful sunshine kind of attributes.
It’s a pretty great season. In fact I don’t think I have ever heard anyone say…boy, I really hate summer…can’t wait for it to be over…boo, hiss all of the fresh juicy watermelon and succulent grilled chicken is really killing me.
You’ve never heard anyone say those things either?
I knew it. It’s because summer is great, as I previously mentioned.
To celebrate the upcoming Memorial Day weekend and the soon to be enjoyed summer weather, I put together a very easy grilled chicken recipe for you today. My Mom always adds a bit of Orange Crush Soda to her chicken marinade. It’s really, really tasty. So, I thought I’d give it a try and share it with you. The carbonation in the soda acts as a tenderizer for the chicken. Combine it with soy sauce, a few basic seasonings, a bit of oil and you have a tasty treasure on your hands. The chicken is not overly sweet and very flavorful. Brush a little bit of BBQ sauce onto the chicken during the last few minutes of grilling and…holy cow. You are going to have one tasty summer dish on your hands. It’s simple enough for a weeknight dinner and tasty enough to serve to company.
Let’s make it.
Grilled BBQ Chicken
Time: 20 minutes hands on + 6 hours to marinate
Yield: 6-7 servings
Recipe from Jamie Cooks It Up!
3 cups Orange Crush soda
1/3 C soy sauce
1 T Montreal Steak Seasoning
1 T minced garlic (from a jar is fine)
1/3 C canola oil
1 t sugar
6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce
1. Pour 3 cups of Orange Crush into a 9×13 pan.
Add 1/3 cup soy sauce,
1/3 cup canola oil,
1 tablespoon of Montreal Steak Seasoning,
1 tablespoon minced garlic and 1 teaspoon of sugar. Stir it around with a spoon.
2. Stick a sharp knife into the top of each chicken breast and slice it in half. This cuts down on the cooking time needed, which means a more tender juicy piece of chicken for you and your loved ones.
3. Place the chicken in the marinade, cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours.
4. Heat your grill up over medium high heat. I like to let mine heat up for 10- 15 minutes.
5. Carefully lay a large piece of aluminum foil on top of the grill, bending the corners up all around it to be sure the juices stay in the foil. Drizzle it with olive oil. Lay each of the chicken pieces on top of the olive oil. Close the grill and allow the chicken to cook.
6. Once the chicken is no longer pink, flip it over and let it cook on the other side.
7. Pour a bit of BBQ sauce over the top of each chicken breast. Close the lid and allow the sauce to heat through and become a bit caramelized. (Which is code for gooey, and sticky and wonderful.)
8. Remove the chicken from the grill and onto a plate. Cover the plate with tinfoil and let it rest for about 5 minutes. Then serve and enjoy!