My friend Chef Jose recently shared this delicious Chicken Marinade with me. Jose's Chicken Marinade is perfect for chicken on the flat iron, BBQ’d or baked on a rack in the oven.
My family eats chicken several times a week so it was great to get a new chicken marinade recipe to spruce up our chicken dinners!
I think that most home cooks don't bother going the extra step but I am here to tell you that even the smallest things like marinating your chicken makes a huge difference in the final result.
Don't believe me? Go ahead and try this recipe and let me know if you can notice the difference. I guarantee your chicken will be that much better by marinating it before you cook it.
For best results, you really need to let the chicken marinate for at least 2 hours in the fridge. Ideally, let it marinate overnight. All you need to do is plan ahead now that you are armed with this information.
This recipe calls for Tequila and it's possible that some of the alcohol may not completely burn off. Keep your guests in mind when cooking with alcohol.
🥃 Alcohol WarningPlease take into consideration that some of the alcohol in this recipe may not completely burn off and the remains could be of significant concern to recovering alcoholics, parents, and others who have ethical or religious reasons for avoiding alcohol.
You can omit the Tequila completely since it's such a small amount or you can try a little chicken broth and a dash of vinegar as a substitute.
For more great recipes with Tequila, I suggest you check these recipes out:
📋 What Ingredients do I need
You will need the following ingredients to make this chicken marinade recipe (see recipe card for quantities): Water, Orange Juice, Limes, Garlic Cloves, Kosher Salt, Paprika, Granulated Onion, Ground Black Pepper, Ground Turmeric, Chipotle Chili Powder, Light Brown Sugar and Tequila.
🥣 How to Make Jose's Chicken Marinade
Puree in a food processor and puree until smooth.
Place marinade in a freezer bag or baking dish along with the chicken.
For best results, you really need to let the chicken marinate for at least 2 hours in the fridge. Ideally, let it marinate overnight.
Jose's Chicken Marinade
- 2 ½ Cups Water
- 1 Cup Orange Juice
- 4 Fresh Lime, Whole Peeled
- 6 Garlic Cloves, Peeled
- ⅓ Cup Kosher Salt
- ⅓ Cup Paprika
- ⅓ Cup Granulated Onion
- 1 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
- 1 teaspoon Ground Turmeric
- 1 teaspoon Chipotle Chili Powder
- 1 tablespoon Light Brown Sugar
- 1 oz Gold Tequila
- Puree in a food processor and puree until smooth.
- Place marinade in a freezer bag or baking dish along with the chicken.
- For best results, you really need to let the chicken marinate for at least 2 hours in the fridge. Ideally, let it marinate overnight.
Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.