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Old 08-13-2006, 08:06 PM   #11
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As far as I know, a raw onion will not soften in a marinade. I've put onions into a homemade bbq sauce, but I always sauteed it first then added the bbq sauce. After that I would coat the RAW chicken with the bbq sauce and then grill it. I use whole breasts, but cubes are fine too, though they wouldnt take very long to grill.

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Old 08-13-2006, 10:06 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by FryBoy
Anything will soften if you soak it long enough, especially in something a little acidic, like most marinades.
If it's acidic enough, yes, but not in acid levels that still resemble food.

Acid actually toughens onions. I'd give the Harold Mcgee cite, but my copy is on loan. So if you want tender onions, sweat them. Once you add something acid (tomatoes, vinegar, wine, lemon), they won't get any tenderer.


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