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Grilled Chicken with Oriental Marinade

Grilled chicken is not an Oriental recipe, but the marinade has oriental ingredients. Neither will this type of marinade penetrate or tenderize but adds significant flavor. The chicken is pictured here with sautéed bok choy and rice topped with soy sauce.

2 skinless and boneless chicken half-breasts

Prepare the marinade (recipe follows). Place the chicken between two sheets of plastic wrap and pound to a uniform thickness of approximately 1/2 inch. Place the chicken in the plastic bag with the marinade. Zip the bag almost closed, expel as much air as possible, and zip the bag fully closed. Marinate for 30 minutes at room temperature, or up to 2 hours refrigerated. Prepare the grill for direct cooking over a hot fire. Remove the chicken from the bag, discarding the marinade. Grill the chicken directly over the fire for 4 minutes per side, then turn and grill for 2 more minutes on the first side.


1 cup water

1/4 cup oyster sauce

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon 5-spice powder

1 teaspoon sesame oil

3 cloves garlic, crushed

Combine all ingredients in a zip-top plastic bag and blend thoroughly.

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