June 2, 2015

All-Star Chicken & Marinade

If y’all follow me on Instagram you might have caught this already but ol’ Brutus made the all-star baseball team! We’re crazy excited! We’ve been practicing like mad so it’s been hard to eat good home-cooked meals and make new stuff for the blog. Since we’re practically living at the ball field now I decided to take the blog to practice :)

Hold up, this mama's got to share... are these not the toughest (cutest!) little ballers you've ever seen?? UPDATE: These guys went on to win the Sub-District Championship, win the District Championship and finish in the top half at the State Championship. So proud of them and their coaches!!

We have a really nice ball park which has a huge grill for members. Side note: you know you're in the South when the baseball park has a barbeque grill big enough to cook a hog on. I suggested we have a cookout and everyone pitched in to bring stuff.

I’d concocted this marinade for chicken a month or so ago and we just fell in love with it so I figured it would be great if we marinated chicken thighs in it, grilled them up and made super simple chicken sandwiches. And that’s exactly what we did!

Well, I didn’t do the grilling. I made the marinade and got everything ready and my new buddy, Harry, did the grilling. That’s the thing with all-star baseball. You’re practicing like every day and spending a ton of time with these parents and families and it is SUCH a relief when you all actually end up liking each other and having fun together. Harry’s son, Animal, is on the team too. Yes, almost all the players have nicknames. That’s how we roll down South, y’all. We’ll slap a nickname on you in a minute.

Harry Patterson 
a.k.a. Grill Master Extraordinaire
a.k.a. Animal's Dad
I like using thighs over breasts because you just about can’t overcook them. They stay moist and juicy and have so much more flavor. But since I know somebody’s going to ask anyway, yes, you can use breasts. They just won’t be as good. Hmmph.

You can serve these as-is or make sandwiches with them like we did. I think this is a great alternative to grilling burgers if you have a crowd to feed. The way we served these was just on a plain bun with a drizzle of Cajun White Barbeque Sauce (recipe below). I like a few slices of dill pickle on the bottom too but other than that, this all comes together pretty easily. And unlike with burgers you don't need a wagon load of condiments and extras: lettuce, tomatoes, onions, cheese, mayo, mustard, ketchup, etc.

I got distracted and didn’t take a photo of this as a sandwich OR with the Cajun White Barbeque Sauce on top but here’s what the chicken looked like when Harry was done working his magic. And I’d like to go on the record and tell you our third baseman, Cat Daddy ate two of these and told me they were “seriously really delicious good!” That’s a pretty heavy compliment coming from an 8-year old ;)

All-Star Chicken! This marinade comes together quickly with simple ingredients like soy sauce and dijon mustard. Top with Cajun White Barbeque Sauce (recipe included here too)!

All-Star Chicken! This marinade comes together quickly with simple ingredients like soy sauce and dijon mustard. Top with Cajun White Barbeque Sauce (recipe included here too)!
All-Star Chicken & Marinade
12-14 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup dijon mustard
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (or more to taste)
1/2 teaspoon salt

Trim any excess fat from chicken then add to a gallon-sized zip-top back or lidded container. Combine remaining ingredients and mix well to make a marinade. Pour marinade over chicken. Seal bag then refrigerate 6-8 hours or overnight.

Drain marinade and discard. Grill chicken over medium heat for 15-20 minutes or until cooked through.

Serve as-is or on buns with Cajun White Barbeque Sauce.

Cajun White Barbeque Sauce
1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Combine all ingredients and refrigerate until ready to serve. Use as a condiment, fry sauce or basting sauce.


All-Star Chicken! This marinade comes together quickly with simple ingredients like soy sauce and dijon mustard. Top with Cajun White Barbeque Sauce (recipe included here too)!

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  1. This looks seriously good and I can adjust it to sugar free really easily! Thanks.

  2. I have a bag if thighs just ready for this marinade! Love all your recipes. Thanks! Sharyl

  3. I made both the chicken and the sauce and they were very good! This will get made often this summer! Thanks for sharing!

  4. I Mandy! This is making me hungry and I just had supper! On another note, your shrimp and grits are my new best friend! Thanks!

  5. Any recommendations for cooking in the oven (when grilling is not an option)?

  6. I would love some oven instructions for this also. It sounds really wonderful.

  7. I made this twice this weekend. A new summer go-to.

  8. I made this chicken last night and it is just as fantastic as you said it would be! This will be my go to BBQ chicken recipe from now on.

  9. I cannot wait to try this! Thighs are my favorite cut and I love finding new ways to cook them. This could easily be made in the oven during winter, but thighs and a BBQ make a great combo. I will post when I make it. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Does this work with boneless skinless chicken breasts?

  11. Love this recipe! Put it on skewers and grilled them, wonderful!

  12. Lord have mercy, just found your website yesterday & everything on here is making me want to come eat at your house. I will gladly do the dishes! I just started low-carbing a few days ago and plan to try your "diet" in hopes I get some quick results.


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