Sometimes, staring at that chicken in the fridge can be frustrating. What to do with it tonight? Marinades can spice things up a bit. Especially in the heat of summer, marinating chicken and grilling it is an easy solution for dinner. This one comes from Southern Living's Big Book of BBQ. I took it a step further by reserving some of the marinade and making a dipping sauce. It brings a nice heat to the table.
Cajun Citrus-Honey Mustard Marinade & Sauce
Yields enough marinade and sauce for about 1 pound of chicken tenders
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
1/4 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons coarse-grained mustard
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning (mine is labelled hot)
2 teaspoons of your favorite hot sauce (Frank's is the house hot sauce)
Whisk together all the ingredients. If you are making dipping sauce, take 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise and slowly whisk in 1/4 cup of the marinade. Stash the dipping sauce in the refrigerator until it is time to serve. You'll have plenty left for about a pound of chicken tenders. Pour over the chicken and marinate in the refrigerator for 2 hours before grilling.
Not in the mood for spicy? That's fine. I also have a very simple recipe for honey mustard. You can change up the taste by using different types of mustard. You can easily scale the recipe using a 1:2:4 ratio.
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
2 teaspoons honey
4 teaspoons mayonnaise
Whisk together all three ingredients.