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posted January 02, 2023

Best Grilled Chicken Marinade

For a meal that is delicious, fast, and convenient, reach for this grilled chicken marinade! It’s the perfect blend of ingredients to infuse the chicken with tons of flavor while keeping the meat tender and juicy.

Grilled chicken marinade in a glass bowl next to a grilled chicken breast with text overlay - Grilled Chicken Marinade.

Grilled Chicken Marinade

This marinade might just be the perfect flavor combo for grilled chicken. It’s easy enough to whip up with pantry ingredients, but tasty enough to serve to guests. This simple marinade does it all. With bright notes from the vinegar, a simple blend of seasonings, and some oomph from the garlic and Parmesan, this is a marinade you’ll return to repeatedly.

Marinades are a great option for quick and easy dinners. Simply pop the chicken into the marinade in the morning and grill in the evening. And I may be biased, but I think this is the best grilled chicken marinade around.

Ingredients for Marinade for Grilled Chicken

This is by far the best grilled chicken marinade around. It’s also a breeze to make and tastes amazing. Here’s what you’ll need to make this chicken marinade for grilling.

  • 2 pounds chicken thighs, breasts, or tenders
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 3 Tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 ounces shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Once you have all the ingredients assembled, combine them all in a gallon-sized zip-top bag and massage to mix. Add the chicken and squeeze out the excess air. Allow the chicken to marinade for 4-8 hours in the fridge. Eight hours is the magic number here, but any time between 4 and 8 will result in delicious chicken.

Ingredients for grilled chicken marinade in a glass mason jar.

How to Grill Chicken with Marinade

Now that you have the recipe for this awesome

  1. Marinate. Marinate the chicken in the refrigerator for 4-8 hours prior to grilling.
  2. Grill. Preheat your favorite grill to 450 degrees F. Remove the chicken from the marinade and place the chicken directly on the grill. Cook for 5-7 minutes, flip, and cook another 5-7 minutes or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. Be sure to use an internal meat thermometer for this to ensure you don’t over or undercooked your chicken.
  3. Rest. Promptly remove the chicken from the grill and rest for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Enjoy. Serve this chicken with your favorite sides and dig in!

Chicken in a grilled chicken marinade.

Tips for Making Grilled Chicken Marinade

Now that you have your marinade ready to go, here are some tips for making the most of your marinated chicken!

  • Double the recipe! We make this marinade and grill batches of chicken to use throughout the week as a meal prep protein. It tastes great on salads, in rice bowls, or tossed into some pasta.
  • Shop on sale. This recipe works as an awesome flavor enhancer for all cuts of chicken. Buy breasts when they’re on sale, or swap for legs, wings, and thighs when you need something super economical.
  • The marinade time matters. Make sure to give your chicken the full 4 hours (at least) for best results. Even better if you’ve got 8 hours. Or, if you’ve got a busy day, pop your chicken into the marinade the night before and leave it in the fridge until you’re home from work and ready to cook.

Grilled chicken marinade in a glass bowl next to a grilled chicken breast.

More Marinade Recipes for Grilling

Marinades are a great way to infuse meat and veggies with flavor and moisture before sticking them on the grill. Check out these other delicious marinade recipes from Hey Grill Hey below!

Grilled Chicken Marinade Recipe

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Grilled chicken marinade in a glass bowl next to a grilled chicken breast.

Grilled Chicken Marinade

Susie Bulloch
For a meal that is delicious, fast, and convenient, reach for this grilled chicken marinade! It's the perfect blend of ingredients to infuse the chicken with tons of flavor while keeping the meat tender and juicy.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time : 5 mins
Cook Time : 15 mins
Marinade Time : 8 hrs
Total Time : 8 hrs 20 mins
Servings : 4 people
Calories : 559kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 2 pounds chicken breast or thighs (any chicken pieces will work for this recipe)
  • cup olive oil
  • 3 Tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 ounces Parmesan cheese (shredded)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Make the marinade. Combine the ingredients for the marinade in a gallon-sized zip-top bag and massage the combine thoroughly.
  • Add the chicken. Add your chicken pieces to the bag with the marinade. Press any air out of the bag and seal it tightly. Massage the marinade around the chicken breasts.
  • Marinate. For the best results, refrigerate the marinating chicken for 4-8 hours (8 hours is optimal) before grilling.
  • Preheat. Turn on the grill and preheat it to medium-high heat (around 450 degrees F).
  • Grill. Remove the chicken from the marinade. Place the chicken directly on the grill, close the lid, and grill for around 5-7 minutes per side, or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 degrees F.
  • Enjoy. Remove the chicken from the grill to a serving platter. Rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 559kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 180mg | Sodium: 387mg | Potassium: 471mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 448IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 214mg | Iron: 3mg
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