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Best Chicken Marinade Recipe

My chicken marinade recipe will make your chicken succulent and so juicy.  Many different flavor ideas below to make boring chicken come to life.

If you get bored to the same old chicken, I’ve got some great ideas for marinades that bring out wonderful flavor and juicy results.  Great for chicken on the grill and even in the oven.

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If you get bored to the same old chicken, I've got some great ideas for chicken marinades that bring out wonderful flavor and juicy results. #misshomemade

You may never want another marinade after trying this one.  If you are grilling a lot of chicken you may want to double or triple this recipe. 


1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar (I love Medina Balsamic Vinegar)
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/4 – 1/3 cup brown sugar
2 TBS fresh lemon juice
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
2 tsp Grey Poupon 

large resealable bag for marinating chicken

Whisk the marinade ingredients together in a small bowl.

Dry chicken with paper towels and place in the resealable bag.  Pour the marinade over all and seal the bag making sure the chicken is covered in marinade.  Place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, no more than two hours.

Remove chicken from marinade and it is ready to be cooked.

Chicken Marinade Recipes

Chicken Marinade Recipe


1 onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped scallion
2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
1 tsp salt
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp ground Jamaican pimento (allspice)
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 hot pepper, finely ground
1 tsp ground black pepper
3 TBS homemade soy sauce
1 TBS olive oil
1 TBS cider or white vinegar

For the marinade: mix together onion, scallion, thyme, salt, sugar, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, hot pepper, black pepper, soy sauce, oil and vinegar. These ingredients can also be combined in a food processor.

Skewer 2 1/2 ounces of chicken onto each skewer, or place chicken pieces in a shallow baking dish and cover with the marinade. Marinate in the refrigerator overnight.


1/2 cup orange juice (juice of 1 orange)
1/2 cup lemon juice (juice of 2 lemons)
1/4 tsp rubbed sage or several leaves fresh, chopped
1 1/2 inch section fresh ginger, peeled, minced
1 TBS homemade soy sauce
3 cloves garlic, minced
a few drops homemade hot sauce

Combine ingredients (a blender makes a good emulsion and eliminates the need to mince or chop). Marinate cut chicken pieces in a Ziploc bag for several hours or overnight. Broil or grill until chicken until done using your preferred cooking method.

This is a fast and easy chicken marinade recipe. It also works wonderfully with steak. Or make my homemade Italian dressing, and go from there.


1 bottle of Kraft Italian Dressing
1 TBS homemade Dijon mustard, optional
1/4 cup olive oil
3 TBS garlic, minced (or to taste)
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Add the chicken pieces and marinade for six hours. When ready to grill, remove the chicken from the marinade and pat dry.


1/4 cup homemade cider vinegar
2 TBS homemade mustard
1 TBS homemade Dijon mustard
3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
3/4 cup homemade brown sugar, packed
3 TBS honey
1-1/2 tsp salt
ground black pepper to taste
6 TBS olive oil
6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

In a large glass bowl, mix the cider vinegar, mustard, garlic, lime juice, lemon juice, brown sugar, salt, and pepper. Whisk in the olive oil. Place chicken in the mixture. Cover, and marinate 8 hours, or overnight.

Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat. Lightly oil the grill grate. Place chicken on the prepared grill, and cook 6 to 8 minutes per side, until juices run clear.

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This is an old way of making a teriyaki sauce with honey instead of sugar, giving it a more pleasing sweetness. You may also use it as a dipping sauce.

1 tsp ground ginger
1/3 cup homemade soy sauce
1/4 cup honey
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp grated onions
1/2 cup water

Blend ginger, soy sauce, honey, garlic, and onion in a bowl. Add meat to marinade for at least one hour or refrigerate meat in marinade overnight.

After marinating meat, drain the marinade and add it to a 1/2 cup of water. Bring it to a boil for 3-5 minutes and use it for a meat dipping sauce during the meal. Excellent for pork, beef or chicken.

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