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This low carb chicken marinade for grilling is quick and easy to make. Just whisk ingredients together then let chicken sit in marinade for an hour or more.
I used to use prepared salad dressing to marinate chicken before I realized many dressings add cheaper oils like soybean oil. That’s when I decided I better start making my own low carb chicken marinade for grilling. This is a basic recipe I’ve been using for cooking chicken pieces on the grill.
Now that grilling season is in full swing, I need to come up with a few more grill recipes. Looking back through the archives, I realized that I don’t have any grill specific recipes for summer. I’ve always just sprinkled seasonings on meat or used ready made marinades. Not very exciting at all.
My husband picked up a huge box of chicken legs for less than 60 cents a pound. I marinated ten of the chicken legs with this chicken marinade and still had enough leftover to brush on while grilling.
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I’m used to grilling boneless chicken on the grill as I rarely buy whole pieces so I ended up buying a meat thermometer for the grill. I always have trouble determining when large pieces of chicken are fully cooked on the grill and in the past, I’ve been known to serve chicken that was a bit red or pink in the center.
I still have a lot of chicken legs left in the freezer so I need to find some new marinades as we just love the taste of chicken cooked on the grill. My husband has requested a chili lime marinade that his friend made last weekend. Of course it would be easier to just ask for the recipe, but I’ll see if I can come up with something similar.
I usually marinate meat using large gallon size plastic zipper bags. I needed two large bags for this recipe as I was marinating ten whole chicken legs cut in thighs and drumsticks.
In recent months, I’ve been eating more chicken legs and wings instead of the skinless and boneless breast meat I used to eat. This has helped me up the fat on my low carb diet. It’s really important to make sure you get adequate fat while cutting carbs and when I first started on this way of life, I was so conditioned that fat was bad that I continued with lower fat food choices.
Next time I grill the chicken legs, I’m going to cut the thigh pieces smaller. It took a super long time to cook the whole thighs. I don’t remember exactly how long it took, but it was long enough that all the drumsticks got eaten first. I guess I need a little more practice cooking on the grill.
Chicken Marinade for Grilling
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup liquid aminios or soy sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon stevia concentrated powder see note
- 1/4 teaspoon monk fruit liquid extract see note
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon ginger
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
Whisk all ingredients together in small bowl.
Pour marinade over chicken in large plastic zipper bags.
Allow chicken to marinate for at least an hour.
Brush leftover marinade on chicken during grilling.
Any low carb sweetener can be used. The amount is about 3-4 tablespoons of sugar equivalent.
Makes 10 servings
Nutrition per serving: 0.7g net carbs