With a little planning, it's easy to turn an everyday chicken dinner into a zesty dish or an ethnic feast. Food manufacturers provide plenty of options for bottled or premade marinades to use for jazzing up all kinds of meats. We found so many that we divided our tasting into two sessions. The favorites listed today are from the first eight brands of marinade we sampled. Next week, we will provide the panelist picks from eight more brands. When given the option, we selected teriyaki or the "original" flavors from each maker. We soaked chicken breasts overnight in each marinade and grilled them for our tasting.
Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent