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Tropical Island Chicken Recipe
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Tropical Island Chicken Recipe

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The marinade makes a savory statement in this all-time-favorite chicken recipe that I served at our son's pirate-theme birthday party. It smelled so good on the grill that guests could hardly wait to try a piece!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + marinating Grill: 45 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + marinating Grill: 45 min.
MAKES: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons dried minced onion
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 broiler/fryer chickens (3 to 4 pounds each), quartered

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 296 calories, 21 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 66 mg cholesterol, 1,199 mg sodium, 3 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 23 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine first 10 ingredients. Set aside 1/3 cup for basting; cover and refrigerate. Pour remaining marinade into a large resealable plastic bag. Add chicken; seal and turn to coat. Refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.
  2. Prepare grill for indirect heat, using a drip pan. Place chicken over drip pan; grill, covered, over indirect medium heat 45-60 minutes or until a thermometer reads 170°-175°, turning and basting frequently with reserved marinade during the last 20 minutes. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Tropical Island Chicken in Taste of Home August/September 2001, p37

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 296 calories, 21 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 66 mg cholesterol, 1,199 mg sodium, 3 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 23 g protein.

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Reviewed Jul. 4, 2013

Switched poppy seeds for the sesame seeds, and a teaspoon of freeze-dried garlic instead of garlic cloves, used boneless/skinless chicken thighs, marinated overnight, and grilled over direct heat. A hit with our entire family. Yummy!

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Reviewed Jun. 26, 2013

I've been making this since i first saw it in 2001. EVERYONE LOVES IT!!! My whole family, extended family, friends... I use it with boneless chicken, but the marinade keeps it moist and juicy every time!

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Reviewed May. 19, 2013

My husband and I tried this recipe tonight with chicken breast halves and it was wonderful! We'll definitely make it again!

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Reviewed May. 9, 2013

awesome

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Reviewed Jan. 21, 2012

We love trying different marinades, and this is a definite winner! We don't have a grill, so I marinated cut-up chicken breasts and then cooked them on the stove. Delicious!

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