Best easy chicken marinade


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.

chicken marinade


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. :)

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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 kcal
Author: Jamielyn

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


  1. 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.
  2. 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).
Nutrition Facts
Best easy chicken marinade
Amount Per Serving
Calories 345 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 34%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 96mg 32%
Sodium 801mg 33%
Potassium 569mg 16%
Total Carbohydrates 2g 1%
Sugars 1g
Protein 32g 64%
Vitamin A 0.9%
Vitamin C 3.7%
Calcium 1.4%
Iron 4.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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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Jamielyn Nye

of I Heart Naptime

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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21 comments on “Best easy chicken marinade”

  1. When I click on the seven layer dip this chicken recipe comes where is the seven layer dip recipe?

  2. Can you make this under the broiler in your oven if you don’t own a grill? 

  3. What is the best way to cook the chicken if you don’t
    have access to an outdoor grill? 

  4. Jamileyn , 

    We just finished your chicken marinade dinner . It was  the best , simply the best . Thank you . It will now be our go to marinade .  

  5. This is the best chicken marinade that I have ever tasted. I use it with leg quarters also in the oven when I don’t grill breasts. My wife loves it too, it messed her up once when she saw me making it… she hates dijon mustard! She said “don’t put that in there!” I told her her that she had been eating it all along! Crickets.

  6. Lisa DiGiorgio Reply

    Hi!  Is it better with the balsamic or the soy?  

  7. Thank you so much for this recipe, it looks so good!

  8. I need to try this recipe out!

  9. This sounds amazing! I want to dive into my screen! I love this! looks so good!

  10. This is the perfect way to add such amazing flavor! Looks fantastic!

  11. I adore dijon mustard in marinades! It adds such depth of flavor. I’ll be cooking up this recipe stat! Your pictures are making me so hungry!

  12. We made this last week. It was amazing!

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