Variations on a Theme: Grilled Chicken
Grilled chicken may seem like a straightforward affair, but there are myriad ways to infuse it with flavor. There are three primary categories—spice rubs, marinades, and sauces—each of which is wonderful in its own way. Spice rubs ensure the surface of the meat is bristling with flavor, marinades help the whole thing stay nice and juicy, and sauces are just always awesome.It comes down to, per usual with food, personal preference. Here are a few rock-solid recipes to help you choose your own chicken adventure:
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Spice rubs can be wet or dry. Both are applied to meat before cooking, infusing it with flavor. This dry version is sweet thanks to brown sugar, but dried oregano, thyme, black pepper, and cayenne add savory punch.
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Another dry rub option: garam masala. The Indian spice blend is a potent mixture of a whole cabinet’s-worth of spices (many versions include coriander, black peppercorns, cardamom, cinnamon, caraway, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg).
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This super-fresh wet rub containing cilantro, fresh ginger, garlic, orange zest, and spicy jalapeño is a gorgeous shade of green. It’s floral but balanced thanks to an acidic splash of orange juice and a drizzle of olive oil.