Best easy chicken marinade

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    The BEST easy chicken marinade – this easy marinade creates so much flavor and keeps the chicken extra tender! It will quickly become your absolute favorite chicken marinade recipe ever!

    We LOVE to grill all types of recipes in the summer. This chicken marinade is one of favorites, as well as my easy steak marinade, Greek chicken burgers and grilled fruit kabobs.

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    Chicken Marinade

    Today I have a delicious easy grilled chicken marinade to share with you. It is my absolute favorite! We’ve been taking advantage of the beautiful weather this summer and grilling as much as we can, however I don’t plan on stopping this fall. The kids started school yesterday and the pool closes today, so I guess that means summer break is officially over. I’m still in denial, yet I’m starting to get REAL excited for fall. Ohio falls cannot be beat. I met up with a friend at the park yesterday morning and the cool breeze in the air made me so happy. It felt so nice!

    I debated sharing this recipe now or waiting until next year, but if you’re anything like us, you’ll still be grilling a few more months so you’ll want to try this easy chicken marinade out!

    Easy chicken marinade ingredients

    You only need a few simple ingredients for the recipe (find the printable recipe for easy chicken marinade below).

    • 1/2 cup olive oil
    • 1/4 cup lite soy sauce (or low sodium)
    • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
    • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
    • 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard

    The flavors in this chicken marinade blend so well together creating a delicious flavor!

    easy chicken marinade

    How to marinate chicken (a few tips)

    • Pat chicken dry with a paper towel before placing in marinade to allow it to absorb more flavor.
    • Place the chicken marinade ingredients in a zip top bag to save dishes. Squish a bit to mix and then refrigerate.
    • Place the bag in a pan or bowl to prevent leaking.
    • To cook chicken, lift out of the bag with tongs and place directly on the grill (no need to wipe off marinade).
    • You can brush on any extra marinade within the first few minutes.
    • Always cook chicken to at least 160°F but check as it gets close so you don’t overcook the chicken, making it dry.

    best chicken marinade

    Best easy chicken marinade

    We love serving this chicken marinade recipe with grilled or roasted vegetables, like Mexican street corn, baked zucchini fries or baked sweet potato fries . However we usually grill a few extra breasts so we have enough for leftovers. It also taste great over a fresh salad. FYI this recipe is whole 30 and paleo approved. :)

    Best easy chicken marinade

    Course: Main Course
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: easy chicken marinade
    Prep Time: 35 minutes
    Cook Time: 10 minutes
    Total Time: 45 minutes
    Servings: 6
    Calories: 345
    Author: Jamielyn Nye
    This is the best easy chicken marinade -this easy marinade creates so much flavor and keeps the chicken moist and tender!


    • 1/2 cup olive oil
    • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar or lite soy sauce
    • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
    • 1 1/2 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
    • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
    • 4-6 chicken breasts


    • Thaw and trim chicken breasts. Pat down with paper towels and then place in a zip top bag. If the breasts are thick, I like to pound the chicken down with a rolling pin once they are in the bag. Then add the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, garlic salt and pepper. Squish the ingredients around until it is mixed well. Place in a bowl or pan and then into the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes and up to the all day.
    • Preheat grill to medium high heat. Place chicken on the grill for 5 to 6 minutes per side (or until a thermometer reads 160° to 165°F and then center is no longer pink).


    Calories: 345kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 801mg | Potassium: 569mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 45IU | Vitamin C: 3.1mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 0.8mg


    chicken marinade
    The BEST chicken marinade made with only a few ingredients! Created the most flavorful and tender chicken. Whole 30 approved!

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