Jeff Mauro makes his Marinated Chicken, as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen, Season 31
Recipe courtesy of Jeff Mauro

Marinated Chicken

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 2 hr 30 min (includes marinating time)
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
I set out to create the ultimate all-purpose marinade, and after spending many hours in the laboratory, I developed the perfect formula for balanced flavor. Fellow food lovers, I give you S.A.S.H.A. It stands for Salt, Acid, Savory, Heat and Allium. All you need to do is combine ingredients that represent those flavor elements and you have yourself a fantastic marinade. I love using soy and/or fish sauce as my salty elements because they provide the perfect level of salt and savoriness and pack in the flavor. This marinade is perfect for all proteins: beef, poultry, pork and fish!



  1. Butterfly the chicken breasts using a sharp knife, then lightly pound to an even thickness.
  2. In a large glass bowl, whisk together the fish sauce, soy sauce, lime juice, canola oil, brown sugar, chile-garlic paste, sesame oil, scallion whites and ginger until combined. Add the chicken and turn to coat in the marinade. Cover and let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 or up to 4 hours.
  3. Preheat a grill or grill pan over medium-high heat until hot.
  4. Remove the chicken from the marinade and transfer to a paper towel-lined baking sheet. Use paper towels to dab off some of the marinade.
  5. Brush the grill with canola oil, then grill the chicken until fully cooked, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer the chicken to a platter and garnish with the scallion greens and sesame seeds. Serve.