Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Culinary Adventure #4: Teriyaki Bourbon Chicken

About a month or so ago, I was enjoying a relaxing night in watching Food Network.  On one show (I honestly don't remember which) an Asian inspired marinade was made for chicken wings.  As many readers may know, I often joke about having an excess of umami taste receptors.  Since the weather was gorgeous the next day, I knew we had to pull out the grill and test this marinade.  However, since I never follow a recipe (except for Nana's) I created my own based on what I saw on TV.  Here is the Hungry in Cleveland version of a Teriyaki Bourbon Marinade for chicken which can also be tried on pork, shrimp, or even veggies.

In a large ziplock bag (or if you have something reusable for marinading even better) combine 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar, 1/2 cup Wild Turkey American Honey (if you use a different whiskey or bourbon, add about a tablespoon or so of regular honey), 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup soy sauce (I prefer reduced or low sodium), rosemary, 5 nice sized cloves of garlic minced, ginger, and a dry thai chili pepper for heat.  Mix everything together, then add the chicken (or whatever you are planning to marinade).  Refrigerate at least an hour and a half.  Then, throw on the grill and enjoy!  We also prepared asparagus with rosemary infused olive oil and a cheese plate.  The excess marinade was reduced down and served along with the chicken.  We toasted ciabatta bread to make a sandwich.  This is sure to become a go to grilling dish!  

Until next time...follow your heart, fulfill your hunger!


  1. Yum! Sounds delish! We'll be trying this on the grill soon.

  2. I'll definitely be trying this marinade!

  3. Yum! Cant wait to try this!