Wookiee Hut Cuisine presents:
Superior-Mind Marinated Grilled Chicken
by Csillag & Diana

"You know I won't be jealous," Kel Tainer was whining at his girlfriend, Tyria. "I mean, Ton's dead now ... no point in being jealous of a dead man."

"Which is why you shouldn't ask. If you do end up being jealous, you'd have no way of addressing it. He's not here to punch in the nose or whatever." Tyria brushed her thick locks vigorously before binding it all up into a ponytail at the back of her head.

Kel pouted, "Aw, c'mon ... you resisted him and eventually chose me. I just want to know what I was up against. I mean, I have no idea how you resisted him, he was bright, funny, handsome ..."

Tyria laughed, "Yes, handsome for a cyborg! Okay, well ... I admit, he was a tough man to resist, considering he fed me so well. Was very hard to walk out of his room ..."

"He went as far as to get you into his room?? Oh wow, you have GOT to tell me how!" Kel was fascinated, knowing how hard it was for him to attract Tyria. How had Dr. Phanan managed?

She shrugged. "I was suckered in my one of the oldest tricks in the book — he invited me to a party. He said everyone on base was invited, and each person was assigned an ingredient for the party fare, and if I didn't come, it would ruin the dish! How could I resist?"

"Really! What were you assigned? And why didn't I get an invitation?"

Tyria laughed loudly, "You're joking, you don't know this trick? You tell the girl you're having a party, but she gets there and she's the only guest to arrive! And by the way, I had to bring soy sauce — he stipulated low sodium!"

"Ooh! I get it now ... come to think of it, I think that happened to one of my sisters, once." He was quite excited to learn this technique and he wanted to know more, for future reference.

"He admitted to the deception and got me to stay by promising 'a superior dinner made by a superior mind' ... you remember how he talked. And he made a really tasty marinade, put it into a vacutainer with chicken breasts he'd massaged before my eyes ... ahem ..."

It was Kel's turn to laugh. "Wow, Ton was brave!"

Tyria nodded at the memory of Phanan's attempts at seduction and giggled. "The meat was cooked on a grill so it smoked up the whole place, I could barely see him, we kept bumping into each other! But the meal was delicious and he made too much marinade, which he used on other meals for the squad."

Kel's eyes lit up, "That sauce? Oh, that was a beautiful marinade on veggies and soy protein, too!"

"Yeah," Tyria said sadly. "I wish I'd gotten the recipe from him before he ... well, you know ..."

  • 1 15 oz bottle low sodium soy sauce
  • cup olive oil
  • cup toasted sesame oil
  • 1 lime, juiced; 2 Tablespoons reserved
  • 2-3 inches of fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped fine
  • 3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
Combine the soy sauce, olive oil, sesame oil, lime juice, grated ginger, and chopped garlic in a large measuring cup and mix thoroughly.

Pound the chicken breasts with the flat side of a meat mallet till they are to inches thick. This will speed the cooking time.

If a vacuum marinating container is available, put the chicken into it, pour the marinade over the chicken, cover and pull the handle to create the vacuum. This will halve the marinating time. Otherwise, put the chicken into a flat glass baking dish, pour in the marinade, cover with plastic and put in the refrigerator for 2 hours.

Preheat a cast iron grill pan over high heat. Reduce heat to medium high. Rub grill surface with a small amount of vegetable oil to prevent sticking. Place the chicken onto the grill and do not touch for two minutes to prevent the meat from tearing. After two minutes, turn the meat and cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes.

Remove the meat to a heat safe dish, cover with foil and place in a 200 degree oven to keep warm till serving. Before serving drizzle the remaining lime juice over the chicken.

Makes 4 servings.

NOTE: The marinade recipe makes a lot — you can easily double the amount of chicken marinated; you're basically limited by the size of your container. It's good on stir-fried vegetables and for other meats, too. Cover unused marinade tightly and keep refrigerated. DO NOT re-use marinade which came into contact with any raw meat!

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