Oil helps with flavor, keeping the product moist, and tenderizing whatever is in it.
If you calculate by weight, you can get very accurate. The number of calories you would get from the oil in a marinade is going to be pretty insignificant. I calculated it out once, and for a recipe that called for 1/4 cup of oil, it ended up being about a teaspoon and a half (1.5) per each chicken leg, with quite a bit of it left over.
Unless you are on a fat restricted diet for medical reasons, I wouldn't worry about it much, especially if it is healthier fats, such as olive oil.
Edited by: WHOLENEWME79 at: 4/21/2014 (22:16)
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