Sep 1, 2016

Bottoms Up


My new personal favorite on the grill is boneless chicken bottoms. Moister than chicken breast, lighter than meat, grilled dark chicken is gaining popularity because you can’t mess it up! You can marinate it in something as simple canola oil, salt and pepper or more involved mixtures with long ingredient lists. Either way, dark chicken remains moist and easy to enjoy. It’s more juicy, flavorful and tender than chicken breast. Dark chicken bottoms can be grilled skin on or off. The skin may add calories but it also keeps the chicken even more moist. You can remove if before serving to keep the extra calories to a minimum. Boneless chicken thighs can be marinated from a few hours up to overnight prior to grilling.

You can also cut boneless chicken thighs into chunks and threading them onto skewers before grilling.



Marinated Boneless Chicken Bottoms
This chicken goes well with simple grilled vegetables. No need for fussy sides to complete dinner!
¼ cup teriyaki sauce


1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon kosher salt
2 cloves crushed garlic
1/4 cup canola oil
8 skinless, boneless chicken legs


Mix together teriyaki sauce, and honey in a resealable plastic bag. Add sesame seeds, brown sugar, paprika, salt, pepper, garlic, and canola oil; mix well. Coat chicken thighs with the marinade, seal, and marinate for 4 hours in the refrigerator, redistributing the chicken in the marinade occasionally.
Preheat an outdoor grill to high heat. Wipe grates with an oil-dampened paper towel. Turn down one burner to medium.
Remove chicken from marinade and shake off excess. Grill on medium heat until the chicken is firm and opaque, about 12 minutes per side. Discard any remaining marinade.



Citrus Grilled Chicken Bottoms
Tangy citrus gives this chicken amazing flavor!
1 bunch scallions, checked and white and light green parts chopped
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 tablespoon kosher salt
2 pounds skin-on, boneless chicken bottoms

Set aside 1/4 cup sliced scallions.

Pulse parsley, garlic, citrus zests, citrus juices, soy sauce, oil, salt, and remaining scallions in a food processor or blender until a coarse purée forms. Set aside 1/4 cup marinade; place remaining marinade in a large resealable plastic bag. Add chicken, seal bag, and turn to coat. Chill at least 20 minutes or up to 2 hours.
Preheat an outdoor grill to high heat. Wipe grates with an oil-dampened paper towel. Turn down one burner to medium.
Remove chicken from marinade and place, skin side down, on medium heat side of the grill; discard marinade. Grill chicken until grill marks appear, about 7 minutes. Turn; continue to grill until cooked through or an instant read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of thigh registers 165°F, 12-15 minutes longer.
Remove from grill and drizzle with reserved marinade and scallions. Serve immediately.



Beer Marinated Chicken Bottoms
Beer adds assertive flavor to the chicken but cooks away during grilling so you need not worry about anyone getting tipsy!
2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken bottoms
2-3 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
1 cup (8 oz.) beer, any kind should do
2 tablespoons sesame oil
Juice of half a large lime


Combine the garlic, spices, cilantro, sesame oil, beer and lime juice into a medium sized bowl. Place chicken thighs in a re-sealable bag or a large bowl, pour the marinade over top and toss to coat. Seal and place into fridge for 2 hours.
Preheat an outdoor grill to high heat. Wipe grates with an oil-dampened paper towel. Turn down one burner to medium. Place the chicken thighs onto the grates. Grill for 6-7 minutes per side until cooked thoroughly.

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