½ cup Branch and Vine Rosemary Infused Olive Oil
½ cup Branch and Vine Garlic Infused Balsamic Vinegar
¼ cup Soy Sauce
¼ cup Worcestershire Sauce
2 tbsp Lemon Juice
¾ cup Brown Sugar
2 Tbsp fresh Rosemary
2 tbsp Dijon Mustard
1 tsp Ground Black Pepper
2 tsp Garlic Powder
3.5 lb Chicken Breast or Thighs
Marinating is the process of soaking foods in a seasoned, often acidic, liquid before cooking. The origin of the word alludes to the use of brine (aqua marina or sea water) in the pickling process, which led to the technique of adding flavour by immersion in liquid. The liquid in question, the marinade, can be either acidic (made with ingredients such as vinegar, lemon juice, or wine) or enzymatic (made with ingredients such as pineapple, papaya, yoghurt, or ginger), or have a neutral pH. In addition to these ingredients, a marinade often contains oils, herbs, and spices to further flavour the food items.
It is commonly used to flavour foods and to tenderize tougher cuts of meat. The process may last seconds or days. Marinades vary between different cuisines.
Marinating is similar to brining, except that brining generally does not involve a significant amount of acid. It is also similar to pickling, except that pickling is generally done for much longer periods, primarily as a means of food preservation, whereas marinating is usually only performed for a few hours to a day, generally as a means of enhancing the flavour of the food.