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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Orange Vanilla Grilled Chicken

That's right... I came up with another savory dish using vanilla beans!!  And this recipe did not end up a "little too sweet" at all! YAY!  The vanilla just added this perfect flavor combination with the orange... sweet and tangy again... guess that is the perfect key!

I made a vanilla bean aioli too.... uhmmmm... it was unusual, but eaten with the chicken, it really worked well.... so I'm including it...  It's up to you if you want to make it or not.

Oh.. and please don't forget to stop by IndriVanilla to get your own amazingly cheap and amazingly good vanilla beans.  You'll be creating your own sweet and savory dishes using vanilla beans in no time!

Orange Vanilla Grilled Chicken
Created by Jenn's Food Journey
Printable Recipe 
3 Tablespoon orange juice
1 Tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon Sriracha
1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
1/2 teaspoon honey
drop of sesame oil
1 garlic clove, minced
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
salt and pepper
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
For the aioli -
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 Tablespoon orange juice
1/2 vanilla bean, split and scraped

Mix together the orange juice, soy sauce, Sriracha, vanilla bean, honey, sesame oil, garlic and ground ginger until well combined.  Season both sides of the chicken with salt and pepper and place in resealable bag.  Pour the marinade over the chicken, seal, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

In a small bowl, mix together the mayo, orange juice and vanilla bean.  Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Preheat grill to 375 degrees.  Oil the grill grates with paper towel that's been soaked in oil (use tongs please).  Remove the chicken from the bag, discard the marinade and place directly over the fire.  Grill for 6-10 minutes per side or until the chicken is cooked through.  Remove from grill and allow to rest for 3 minutes.  Serve with aioli.  Enjoy!

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Yenta Mary said...

What a fabulous idea! Would never have thought of it, but I can see that the vanilla would impart a certain "je ne sais quoi" to the chicken ... :)

Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

Another 'gotta try' from Jenn! Sounds great! I love the flecks of vanilla in the marinade on the chicken. Sweet and savory is such a great flavor combo - I've got to get myself some vanilla beans on the cheap ASAP!

Cranberry Morning said...

So glad you're not making garlic vanilla ice cream again today Jenn! ;-) This plate looks awesome - delicious and moist! It's what I want for dinner!!

At Anna's kitchen table said...

I can't even begin to imagine pairing vanilla with chicken. Gosh my taste buds must be so boring lol.
Go you for being adventurous!

Alex said...

This sounds like such an unlikely flavour combination, but you've got me intrigued now. Think I might have to give it a go!!

Pam said...

I am impressed that you made another savory dish with vanilla. This one looks delicious Jenn!

Bo said...

I have a ton of vanilla beans now too....leftover from making vanilla extract. I like how you always have a sauce with everything...this looks like a real winner.

Mary said...

Nice job, Jenn! Your chicken sounds great and now I'm wondering about that sauce. I need to play more with the vanilla beans in my house!

Big Dude said...

I'm guessing it tasted like a spicy Dreamcicle.

Chris said...

Twisted, I think it's fantastic!