Am I the last person to buy a FoodSaver? Everyone seems to assume I’ve had one for years somehow, but I’m not generally a big fan of gadgets. But I broke down and bought one a few weeks ago and have been enjoying freezing meats and sealing up cheese to avoid spoilage. So far, so good!
Yesterday at Target I found a marinator. Supposedly the act of being under the vacuum pressure causes the food to absorbs the marinade faster. The canister is not cheap but if it helps me get a flavorful dinner on the table in a hurry some nights, I’m all for trying it. If I avoid one delivered pizza I’ve paid for it!
I have a few yogurt marinades I’ve used on chicken but decided to try the one on the FoodSaver site itself. It turned out quite good.
Yogurt Marinade for Chicken
- 1 Tbs oil
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 2 tsp paprika
- 2 tsp coriander
- 1/4 cup diced onion I used about an 1/8 cup dried onion flakes
- 1/2 cup yogurt
- 2 Tbs lime juice
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- Heat the oil in a small skillet and stir in the cumin, paprika, and coriander. Cook, stirring, for a minute or two, then let cool.
- In a small bowl mix together the diced onion, yogurt, lime juice, salt, and oil/spice mixture.
- Put the chicken into a container or a bag or whatever dish you want to use, then pour the marinade on and turn the chicken so it’s evenly coated.
If you’re using a FoodSaver thingy, you can vacuum seal it and then let it marinade for 15-20 minutes. Otherwise I would do this in the morning and let it sit in the fridge all day marinating. I have to say, I used the FoodSaver thingy and marinated it about half an hour and it was very flavorful!
You could, of course, bake the chicken at 350 for 10 minutes or so. I chose to grill it, along with my skewered marinated vegetables from the last post. I didn’t actually time it. Probably about 10 minutes total, turning halfway through. I always cut into chicken to ensure it’s done.
The kids each picked out their favorite vegetables, of course, but they did eat them willingly enough. I was told by my oldest, however, that I could cook green beans every night and she’d much rather eat those. Youngest loved the mushrooms though. And I’ve got just enough chicken, rice, and vegetables to make myself a nice lunch one day!