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Taste test: marinades, Part 2

This week, judges share three more favorite marinades. We sampled a total of 16 brands, listing three top picks last week as well (Market Pantry and KC Masterpiece Honey teriyakis and Paula Deen Savannah). After marinating chicken overnight in each sauce, we grilled the breast meat for the tasting. When given the option, we selected the teriyaki or "original" flavors from each brand of marinade. We looked for taste, color and texture.

Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent


(out of 100)
Maui Maid Teriyaki

Marinade 61
West Indies Spice Co. Pirate's Gold Original 56Lawry's Teriyaki With Pineapple Juice 55

Mild color and subdued taste made this marinade a top pick. Judges preferred the sauce because it didn't overpower the chicken. "This would be great with some garlic potatoes and maybe a slice of grilled pineapple," said one judge. "I love the nice, glossy color," said another. "It's gleaming and golden brown. It also has a great teriyaki flavor with soy balanced with minimum sweetness," she added. "Bring on the brown rice," said another.Salty, sweet and sassy were the words one judge used to describe this sauce. "It's got a nice color and a bold flavor," he said. "This brought out the good chicken flavor," said another judge. "It would be nice with some steamed vegetables." The salty flavor of the soy sauce in this marinade was a bit too heavy for a couple of panelists. They liked the color and thickness of the sauce, but not the strong taste. "I will be drinking all day after tasting this," one said.Great shine gave this sauce an edge over some of the competition. "It's got a great gloss and I taste pineapple and some very good citrus flavors," said one judge. "It's got just the right amount of sweetness." Another panelist raved about the mild flavor. "This would be perfect with a side of slaw and some corn on the cob," she said.

they buy?
All four judges said yes.Three of the four judges said yes.Two of the four judges said yes.
Shopping information$6.99 for a 12-ounce bottle from the Fresh Market.$4.89 for a 16-ounce bottle from Publix.$3.49 for a 12-ounce bottle from Winn-Dixie.

Also Sampled: Earth & Vine Pineapple Sake Teriyaki Marinade ($6.99 for a 12-ounce bottle from the Fresh Market, 45 points);

World Harbors Maui Mountain Sweet 'N Sour ($3.59 for a 16-ounce bottle from Sweetbay, 48 points);

French's Sweet & Tangy Teriyaki Flavor Infuser ($2.50 for a 3.5-ounce bottle from Sweetbay, 34 points);

Wish-Bone Balsamic Marinade ($1.99 for a 16-ounce bottle from Target, 23 points);

and Stubb's Citrus & Onion Chicken Marinade ($3.79 for a 12-ounce bottle from Publix, 34 points).

Panelists: Nan Jensen, registered dietitian; John Hehn, owner of All Brite Lighting & Power Design Inc.; Bob Devin Jones, artistic director of Studio@620; and Laura Reiley, Times food critic. All foods were tasted blind.

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Serving sizeOne tablespoonOne tablespoonOne tablespoon
Fat/Fiber0g / 0g0g / 0g0g / 0g
Sugars/Sodium9g / 340mg0g / 370mg4g / 560mg
Carbs/Protein9g / 0g0g / 0g5g / 0g

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