The Best Chicken Marinade

5 from 2 votes

This Chicken Marinade is one of the best I’ve ever used. It has a nice sweet taste to it and makes the chicken super moist! A must try!

sliced chicken breast with fork

Here’s another great Chicken Marinade I like to use. Arguably might be the best one yet. Gives you a nice sweet taste. Try it and let me know if you agree.

chicken marinading in freezer bag
Chicken Breasts in Marinade

When it comes time to cook the meat, make sure you throw out the marinade liquid leftover in the bag. Do not use it to baste the chicken as it contains raw chicken juices.

marinaded chicken ready for oven
Marinaded Chicken ready for the Oven

I recommend a minimum of 4 hours to allow the chicken to completely absorb the liquid but I often like to prepare the recipe the day before I plan on cooking it. All you need to do is plan accordingly!

chicken breast fresh out of the oven
Chicken Breast fresh out of the oven

The USDA recommends an internal temperature of 165°F when cooking chicken. I always use a thermometer to check the internal temperature of meats to ensure it is safe to eat. I also like to let my chicken rest for 5 minutes before cutting.

overhead shot of chicken and mashed potatoes

If you don’t have any Balsamic Vinegar on hand you can substitute for some Apple Cider Vinegar or some Red Wine Vinegar. If you don’t have any Dijon Mustard, you can use some Spicy Brown Mustard.

sliced chicken breast
chicken icon

How to Handle Raw Chicken

  • Leave the chicken in the fridge until ready to use.
  • Be careful of dripping juices. Clean up immediately.
  • Do not wash raw chicken (prevents cross-contamination).
  • Wash all utensils and cutting boards.
  • Wash your hands after handling raw chicken.
overhead shot of chicken and mashed potatoes

You will need the following ingredients to make this Chicken Marinade recipe (see recipe card for quantities): Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Balsamic Vinegar, Low Sodium Soy Sauce, Worcestershire Sauce, Lemon Juice, Light Brown Sugar, Dried Rosemary, Dijon Mustard, Salt, Ground Black Pepper and Garlic Powder.

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients and whisk until well combined.
  2. Place the chicken in a large freezer bag and pour the marinade over the top. Make sure you close the bag securely. Gently massage the bag with your hands to ensure all the chicken is covered in the marinade.
  3. Marinade for at least 4 hours, overnight is best. Cook chicken until internal temperature reaches 165°F.

Printable Recipe Card

best chicken marinade

The Best Chicken Marinade

This Chicken Marinade is one of the best I've ever used. It has a nice sweet taste to it and makes the chicken super moist! A must try!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time5 minutes
Resting Time 4 hours
Total Time4 hours 5 minutes
Course Sauces
Cuisine American
Author Rodney
Servings 2 chicken breasts
Calories 664 kcal

Equipment

  • Bowl for Mixing

Ingredients
 

  • ¼ Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • ¼ Cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • Cup Low Sodium Soy Sauce
  • Cup Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice
  • ¼ Cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tsp Dried Rosemary
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • ½ Tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 Chicken Breasts

Instructions
 

  • In a mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients and whisk until well combined.
  • Place the chicken in a large freezer bag and pour the marinade over the top. Make sure you close the bag securely. Gently massage the bag with your hands to ensure all the chicken is covered in the marinade.
  • Marinade for at least 4 hours, overnight is best. Cook chicken until internal temperature reaches 165°F.

Nutrition

Calories: 664kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 50gFat: 33gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 145mgSodium: 2505mgPotassium: 1095mgFiber: 1gSugar: 34gVitamin A: 68IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 61mgIron: 3mg

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.

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One Comment

  1. Sarah says:

    This chicken marinade is one of the best I have ever made. It leaves the chicken very moist and flavourful. The best chicken I have had using this marinade.

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