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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.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Marinade Time8 hours
Total Time8 hours 20 minutes
Course: Main Dish, Marinade, Sauce, Seasonings
Cuisine: American, Barbecue
Keyword: Grilled Chicken Marinade
Servings: 4 people
Author: Susie Bulloch


  • 2 pounds chicken breast or thighs any chicken pieces will work for this recipe
  • cup extra virgin 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


  • Make the marinade. Combine the ingredients for the marinade in a gallon-sized zip-top bag and massage the combine thoroughly.
    ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil, 3 Tablespoons white wine vinegar, 2 ounces Parmesan cheese, 2 cloves garlic, 2 teaspoons sugar, 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning, 1 teaspoon black pepper, 1 teaspoon salt
  • 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.
    2 pounds chicken breast or thighs
  • 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.


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