The Best Chicken Marinade

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Chicken Marinade is so easy to make at home with a few basic ingredients, oil, vinegar, lemon juice, dijon, soy sauce and a bit of brown sugar! This marinade is perfect to make grilled chicken breasts or chicken thighs.

Marinating chicken makes it juicier and tastier and with your own easy recipe, you can tailor your marinade to match the rest of your meal!

Chicken Marinated and grilled on a plate

How to Make Chicken Marinade

The best chicken breast marinade starts with an acid, an oil, some good Dijon mustard and herbs/spices for flavor.

Change it up: Substitute balsamic for the red wine vinegar or lemon juice for another favorite citrus (like lime) if that’s what you have on hand.

Going Italian? Use basil and garlic and serve with Italian pasta salad! South of the border style? Add cumin and lime juice! The great thing about a marinade is how easy it is to tailor to what you have on hand!

Whisk together the marinade ingredients in a small bowl and toss with chicken. Or put all the ingredients in a freezer bag, seal it and shake it up. You can add marinade to chicken before freezing it for a tasty meal ready to cook right when it’s defrosted!

Chicken Marinade and seasonings over chicken breasts

How Long to Marinate Chicken Breasts

Place boneless, skinless chicken breasts in the bowl or bag and refrigerate a minimum of 30 minutes and a maximum of six hours. If you marinate chicken too long, the acids can break down the fibres in the meat. Remember to always marinate chicken the fridge to keep it at a safe temperature.

Once marinated, the chicken is ready to grill, bake or broil. Discard any marinade.

To Cook Juicy Marinated Chicken

There are so many delicious ways to prepare marinated boneless chicken breasts. In the summer I love to grill this recipe, but baking or cooking on the stove top is a great alternative.

To Grill: Preheat the grill to medium and brush with oil. Grill each breast 7 to 8 minutes per side or until a meat thermometer reaches 165°F when inserted into the thickest part of the breast.

Chicken Marinade and seasonings over chicken breasts in a bowl with parsley

To Bake Marinated Chicken: Place marinated breasts in a shallow baking pan and bake in a preheated oven at 400°F. Bake 22-25 minutes or until chicken reaches to ensure chicken reaches 165°F on a meat thermometer.

To Cook on the Stove Top: Place chicken breasts in a greased skillet on medium-high heat. Turn over after 10 minutes and test for doneness after 10 more minutes.

Whether you cook your chicken on the grill, in the oven, or on the stove top, you’ll be able to create the best chicken marinade in a few simple steps!

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Chicken Marinated and grilled on a plate
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Review Recipe

Chicken Marinade

Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 4
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
This easy marinade makes the perfect juicy chicken and can be tailored to suit your meal!


  • cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts

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  • Combine all marinade ingredients in a small bowl or a freezer bag.
  • Add chicken and marinate at least 1 hour or up to 6 hours.
  • Grill, bake or broil as desired.
To Grill Boneless Chicken Breasts
  • Preheat grill to medium-high heat and cook chicken 7-8 minutes per side or until internal temperature reaches 165°F.
  • Rest 3-5 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 323, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 25g, Fat: 21g, Saturated Fat: 15g, Cholesterol: 72mg, Sodium: 595mg, Potassium: 562mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 50IU, Vitamin C: 4.5mg, Calcium: 40mg, Iron: 1.7mg
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