I plan to cook some curry chicken and some Jamaican style brown stewed chicken. The chicken is cut up into small pieces. Normally I would season the chicken have it sit for a couple of hours in the fridge and proceed. I've recently become interested in marinating meats - both for flavour and for tenderizing. I've noticed that some people cook stews without even seasoning the meat. So I'm wondering if marinating really makes sense. Or will the stewing process pull all the flavour out anyway?
Marinating meat is typically for fast-cooking methods like grilling.
Typically when stewing, the chicken will stew for more than an hour, so any flavour from the marinade will be MOSTLY lost. If you use a very strong marinade, like balsamic vinegar, you might retain a small bit of flavour in the chicken. But keep in mind, the flavour will undoubtedly seep into the rest of the stew.
Overall there is usually not much point in marinating stewing meat, simply because you can impart all the flavour you want in the surrounding sauce, and tenderizing is done by the long cooking process.