The Easiest & Tastiest Marinade Ever

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Are you bored of cooking the same thing for the family or for yourself? Tom and I cook on a daily basis and it’s a challenge to keep meals exciting. We’re constantly trying new recipes. The weather has been nice and cool lately so we’ve been doing a lot of barbecuing at home and we’re happy to report that we discovered a new favorite marinade recipe:

Ranch Marinated Chicken & Pork Tenderloin

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Ingredients:

1 cup ranch dressing
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste
1 tablespoon sugar
5 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cut into 1 inch cubes or 2 whole tenderloin pork, medallion style (if you’re using both meat like what I did for this recipe, use 4 chicken breast fillet and 1 pork tenderloin)
4 tbsp. olive oil for frying only (if you’re using a charcoal grill, add 3 tablespoons of olive oil to the marinade)

Note: This recipe tastes best when the chicken and pork are cooked over a charcoal grill. It gives a smoky flavor to the meat. However, for a quick & easy meal, you can cook it on the stove top or bake it in the oven, preheated to 350°F (180°C) for 25-30 minutes.

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Easy peasy:

Step 1: In a medium bowl, stir together the ranch dressing, Worcestershire sauce, salt, lemon juice, white vinegar, pepper, and sugar. Mix well. Let stand for 5 minutes before adding the meat.

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Step 2: Place the chicken and the pork in two separate containers (for food safety issues), coat them with the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes but best if you marinate the meat for 3 hours.

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Step 3: Discard marinade for food safety issues. Also, never use the marinade to season the meat while barbecuing to avoid food poisoning.

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Step 4: Fry or grill the meat. If you’re using the same pan, be sure to cook the pork first then the chicken. Same goes when barbecuing.

On the stove top: Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Cook the meat till tender. Make sure that the chicken is cooked thoroughly in the center (but don’t overcook it). Cook the chicken for approximately 3-4 minutes on each side and at least 4-5 minutes on both sides for the pork

On the charcoal grill: Preheat the grill for medium-high heat. Thread chicken and pork onto skewers (be sure to soak the bamboo sticks in water for 30 minutes to avoid burning. Better yet, use metal skewers as they are eco-friendly.) and discard marinade. Lightly oil the grill grate. Grill skewers for 8 to 12 minutes, or until the chicken is no longer pink in the center, and the pork juices run clear.

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Step 5: Feel free to ogle at your creation. Close your eyes and take a bite… Mmm…

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Caramelized chicken goodness!!!

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It’s pork tenderloin heaven on a plate!

I guarantee you that this ranch marinade will be a new favorite. It’s the easiest and tastiest ever!!!

Don’t blame me if the ranch dressing is out of stock in the groceries. 😉

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