Chicken Insurance. The name certainly catches my attention! Anytime you see a product that uses Insurance as part of its name (which now I think about it… I think this may be the first for me), it had sure better be good. Does Chicken Insurance marinade from Easy Peasy Foods live up to the challenge? Read on…
The man behind Chicken Insurance is the founder of Easy Peasy Foods, David Moncur. Moncur got tired of using the same old Italian dressing to marinade chicken, so he made his own. Both the Chicken Insurance marinade and Barbecue Insurance BBQ sauce both make the claim of 100% natural ingredients. Now on to see if the Chicken Insurance can back its claim or if it’s just a “junk policy”…
The marinade is an oil-based marinade with a dark color. When pouring it out, you can see visible bits and pieces of (what I presume to be) garlic distributed throughout the marinade. So make sure to give the bottle a good shake before each use!
I took a small taste (yes… I went there) and found that it had a definite Asian influence in the use of soy sauce. There were also other flavors in the marinade (such as garlic and sugar) to balance out the flavor profile of the marinade so that it’s not just “soy sauce”. All in all, I was very pleased with the marinade’s taste and looked forward to using it.
To the Meat of the Matter
I have to confess to something here — I am totally stupid when it comes to cooking bone-in chicken breasts on the grill. Boneless skinless chicken breasts are what I’m used to cooking. Having said that, I decided to use the marinade on a bone-in chicken breast. So in goes the marinade and chicken into a Ziploc bag and straight into the refrigerator. Note: the label on the bottle says that one bottle is good for 2 1/2 lbs of chicken. I used a little over half of the bottle for the marinade.
After about an hour later (after my wife and I returned from going on a walk), I pre-heated the trusty gas grill into two different heat zones — high heat and low heat. I followed the method outlined for cooking split chicken breasts on GrillingCompanion.com.
After grilling the breast skin-side down for 4-5 minutes, I go to flip the chicken when I suddenly have a revelation: that was an oil-based marinade I just used. Oops. Luckily for me, the skin was not too burned. Actually turned out quite tasty!
It ended up taking about 40-45 minutes to complete the cooking process, mainly because I kept the meat off of the high heat zone for the majority of the time. While waiting for the chicken to finish cooking, I decide to use the leftover marinade as a sort of “mopping sauce” for the chicken to keep it moist. Turned out to be a good move.
And the verdict: that was some really moist chicken!! The marinade gave it a beautiful color. The soy sauce flavor was present, but only as a background participant. This marinade really did give the chicken an excellent flavor! And it also functions quite nicely as a mop sauce for chicken if you decide to forego a BBQ sauce.
You can find Easy Peasy Foods online at http://www.easypeasyfoods.com where you can buy both their Chicken Insurance marinade and Barbecue Insurance BBQ Sauce online. Easy Peasy Foods can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.