Monday, September 6, 2010

Best. Marinade. Ever. Thank you John Stamos.

It's Labor Day! Many of us are grilling out today so I thought I'd post on my favorite chicken marinade.

So, never thought much of John Stamos --ok, except he was quite the hunk back in the late 80's-early 90's-yes, from Full House)....until I ran across a recipe. Embarrassingly enough, the recipe is from InStyle Magazine--back when I had time to care about that sort of thing. Well, this marinade has STYLE! You can't screw it up. You just can't. The marinade somewhat reflects the actor's Greek heritage..

For the first time ever, I manned the chicken breasts on the grill without my husband's help. It was pretty awesome....sort of, "I am woman, hear me roar" feeling--I may not like to take out the trash, but I WILL grill. Also, I tried to locate a link to the original InStyle article, but unfortunately, I believe the site has taken it down. (In my research, however, I was relieved to see that a law student commented that ingredient lists are not copyright protected.)


4 big chicken breasts (probably about 2 lbs, or a bit over)

1/4 cup white wine (not cooking wine)
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
juice of one lemon
1 Tbsp. dried oregano
3/4 tsp. salt
2-3 big garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp. freshly cracked black pepper (he didn't call for this but I believe it to be essential)

Optional & my additions:
1/4 tsp. marjoram
1/4 tsp. parsley
Zest of 1 lemon 

Mix the ingredients together. I like to put them in a sealed jelly jar and shake to mix.

Pour the marinade over the chicken in a sealed container.

Marinate for a couple of hours and you are ready to grill!!!

Serves 4.


  1. That sounds delicious! Will try it soon! And I'll definitely add the marjoram. That's one of my favorite herbs to add to things. :)

  2. I too found this recipe in InStyle magazine and I love it. I have shared it with everyone, referring to it as the "Stamos Chicken". I love that it's so easy to make and with ingredients that I usually have on hand.

  3. That is awesome! Glad to know it works for you too! I crave the flavor of this marinade as soon as the weather turns warm. Happy summer!

  4. this is just what I was looking for & will try it this 4th of july on our new gas grill, I sure hope it is as yummy as it sounds....instead of parsley I will try tarragon which I love the flavor it gives to meats...cj

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