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Grilled Chicken Marinade Shopping Tips

Buy whole chickens and ask the butcher to quarter them for you. You will save an average of $5 per pound, or more.

Grilled Chicken Marinade Cooking Tips

Legs take longer than breasts to cook. For more consistent results, mark the chicken on the grill and then finish cooking them in an oven.

Best Grilled Chicken Marinade

This honey mustard marinade is completely foolproof! Its been a staple in our house for at least 15 years. A few basic staple ingredients is all it takes to make some of the best chicken you will grill this summer!

Note: This recipe has been one of the OG&rsquos of the site. It&rsquos inception date was in 2012. Since then it has remained a TOP 3 recipe every year running with over 3 MILLION pins. We decided the photos finally needed a makeover to give this recipe the credit it deserves!

I&rsquom going to let you in a little secret.

I&rsquove been asked for my grilled chicken marinade recipe more times than I can count. I have always kept it very close to the vest.

This is my grilling GO TO recipe, every time, and always will be. I wait all winter for summer to come just so I can fire up the barbecue and get this chicken on the grill!

When I get really desperate, come January, I make it inside on my grill, but boy does it smoke up my house.

If you love the flavors of honey mustard (use Dijon it has a nicer bite to it), garlic, brown sugar and olive oil then you are going to love this!

Best Ever Grilled Chicken Marinade

The best ever grilled chicken marinade recipe by far!

For years we used Dale’s Steak Seasoning and then switched to Moore’s Original Marinade for the lower sodium content.

I would mix those marinades with bottled Italian dressing and just go with it. Why not make a homemade version, right?

Please don’t let the ingredient list frighten you away. I PROMISE this is the best marinade you will ever try and it’s super easy.

It is 100 times better than any store-bought kind.

Best Ever Grilled Chicken Marinade Video

Best Ever Grilled Chicken Marinade

This marinade imparts the ultimate flavor experience and produces a juicy tender piece of grilled chicken.

We grill year-round and this chicken was planned for our lunches. Every week I make a large salad to keep in the fridge.

It’s lunch for me most days. But my husband has to be coaxed to eat salad on a regular basis.

Well, this week he actually asked for salads with grilled chicken for his lunches. (We’ll see how long this lasts.)

Just whisk the marinade ingredients together in a small bowl. Pour over the chicken (usually about 2 1/2 to 3 pounds of chicken) and marinate for a minimum of 1 hour.

We usually go for 3-4 hours of marinating the chicken.

We also like cutting the chicken breasts into strips. It’s also a great recipe for chicken thighs.

This infuses more marinade flavor and allows for more grilled crispiness (my favorite part) on the chicken pieces.

If you like, reserve some of the marinade in a separate bowl to baste the chicken while grilling.

Grill the chicken 3-6 minutes per side. This will depend on the thickness of the chicken. Do NOT overcook! Cook to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. No one likes dry chicken.

Serve and enjoy! This marinade also works great for pork too.

Keep it light and healthy by serving some of our favorite side dishes like Healthy Marinated Vegetable Salad or Roasted Green Beans and Mushrooms.

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This Grilled Chicken is the perfect summer meal! It takes less than 10 minutes of prep time and the ingredients are things you probably already have in your pantry. Simply throw all of the marinade ingredients into a large ziplock bag and toss to coat the chicken. Marinade overnight or for at least an hour. This is our go to meal in the Summer. Throw the chicken on the grill along with some veggies for a low carb healthy dinner thats ready in no time! When you are ready to eat preheat the grill and remove the chicken from the marinade. Grill for 4-5 minutes on each side.

Marinating the chicken for at least an hour or preferably overnight helps to tenderize the chicken. The chicken comes out super juicy and moist!

I love making this chicken ahead of time to meal prep easy meals throughout the week.


Next comes the marinade. This buttermilk marinade is the best and easy grilled chicken marinade. Buttermilk, garlic, herbs, and a couple of basic pantry stuff you would need for this marinade.

Brown sugar also helps to tenderize the meat and gives a nice caramelization while grilling.

Season buttermilk generously with salt. It's ok if the buttermilk mixture tastes slightly salty.

Buttermilk makes sure the meat remains tender while cooking the chicken breast. Other herbs and spices give the required flavor. Dump all the ingredients in a zip-lock bag or a bowl, and refrigerate.

The Food Lab's Grilled Chicken World Tour: 5 Recipes to Rock Your Backyard Bird

It's easy to see why chicken gets a bad rap in the grilling world. Most of the time it's dry, bland, or stringy with burnt skin. But when I visit my mom or head to family reunion cookouts, chicken is what she asks for. Not out of masochism, but because after spending years grilling hundreds of chickens, I've learned how to do it right.

Provided you grill chicken right—and that means making sure you hit that 150°F mark in the breasts, no more, no less, and cooking them in a way that optimizes smoky flavor and crisp skin—it can be the showstopping-est, most-sought-after dish on the block.

Here are five of my favorite ways to do it from around the world. Each one is different but fantastic, your Justice League of grilled chicken. And they each feature unique techniques that are guaranteed to bring you perfect results.

All-American Barbecue Chicken

The term "barbecue chicken" is a bit of a misnomer, as chicken is generally not barbecued in the same sense that, say, pork shoulder or beef brisket is. It's slow cooked, but there isn't much breakdown of connective tissue or anything like that. That said, it's still delicious and smoky provided it's done right. The key here is to start with a butterflied chicken and cook it over smoky, indirect heat with the legs facing towards the heat source. This ensures that the legs finish cooking before the breast meat has a chance to dry out all while giving the whole bird a rich, smoky flavor.

And ferchrissakes, make sure you apply that barbecue sauce only at the end. Unless you like carbonized chicken, that is.

Jamaican Jerk Chicken

Traditionally, Jamaican jerk chicken is made with pieces of chicken that are soaked overnight in a heavily seasoned marinade flavored with fiery Scotch bonnet peppers and allspice—the dried berries native to Jamaica that give jerked foods their characteristic warm spice aroma. The chicken is then slow-cooked over green logs of pimento wood under a metal lid. The unique smoky, steamy environment gives the chicken a deeply spiced aroma.

To replicate this process at home, I marinate a split chicken before slow-cooking it on a bed of soaked bay leaves and allspice berries, adding bay leaves directly to the heat source in my grill to create a similar moist, smoky environment. If you can't get to Jamaica, just bring Jamaica to you.

Peruvian Grilled Chicken With Green Sauce

Peruvian-style grilled chicken is relatively simple on its own: butterflied chicken rubbed in a vinegary marinade with a touch of cumin, garlic, paprika, and black pepper. Its the details of the process (make sure to use a thermometer!) and the green sauce. THE GREEN SAUCE. That creamy, spicy, bright stuff on the side right there? Yeah, that's the stuff dreams are made of. Dip your chicken, dip your vegetables, dip your finger, dip whatever the heck you want in and the sauce will make it better. Promise.

Gai Yang (Thai-Style Grilled Chicken With Sweet Chili Sauce)

Thai cooks are experts at grilling all manner of meats, but nowhere does that proficiency shine more brightly than with chicken. Gai yang originated in Isan, Thailand's Northeastern region, populated largely by Thai Lao people, but it's one of those dishes that's so good it's spread to all corners of the country. Crisp, golden skin coated in a richly charred marinade of toasted spices and herbs seasoned with fish sauce and sugar, the chicken is butterflied, flattened, and threaded onto bamboo skewers before slowly grilling over charcoal. It's tasty enough on its own, but when dipped into a sweet and spicy chili sauce, it becomes mind-blowingly delicious.

To make this dish at home, I replace tough-to-find cilantro roots with a marinade made of plenty of cilantro stems along with white pepper, coriander seed, fish sauce, sugar, and chilies. The sweet chili dipping sauce served on the side is fantastic with any grilled meat or vegetables and is worth making even if you don't ever make the chicken itself. But you will.

Tandoori-Style Grilled Chicken

There are few things more awesome than seeing bright red hunks of raw marinated chicken threaded onto massive four-foot long metal skewers, seeing those skewers lowered down into the fiery inferno of a 900°F clay tandoor oven, then emerging 15 minutes later charred, smoky, tender, and juicy. This recipe will get you results that are just as tasty on your grill. The key is coating a skinned, scored, and butterflied whole chicken with a five hour marinade of yogurt, lemon, spices mixture, then grilling it directly over the coals for intense charring and flavor.

I like to use liquid to marinate because it helps ensure juicy chicken. In this recipe, I use low-sodium soy sauce , which makes the chicken juicy and also adds flavor.

The right combination of seasoning is key, too. I love the Grill Mates line by McCormick&rsquos. They have virtually every seasoning you can think of to compliment grilling.

Asian Chicken recipe

This is a classic Food Memory dish. You know what I mean, don’t you?? It’s when the sight, smell or taste of a specific food brings back a flood of memories of a specific moment in your life.

And I will always remember this particular Asian chicken recipe as the one that rendered my girlfriends silent.

A very rare, noteworthy moment. Because when I get together with my girlfriends, the noise never stops. Chattering, laughing, screeching. You know what it’s like when a bunch of girls get together.

But when I put a platter of this Asian Chicken on the table and my friends starting tucking in, silence descended over the table.

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