If it’s grilled chicken breasts, thighs or drumsticks here is a collection of twenty recipes using healthy chicken marinades.
Summer is almost here off and that means grilling season is in high gear. Whether you’re hosting a party for the 4th of July holiday or just looking for a quick and easy weeknight dinner, I’ve got 20 healthy chicken marinades to keep you grilling all season long.
Making Chicken MarinadeS
Making a Chicken Marinade is pretty easy and saves you money by avoiding the store bought options which normally contain various preservatives. There are normally just a few key ingredients to making a successful marinade.
Olive oil or some other fat
A meat tenderizer such as vinegar or lemon juice.
Salt and/or pepper
Dijon Mustard, Soy Sauce, Worcestershire sauce, balsamic vinegar, honey and many others!
The best Marinade Ratio:
There isnt an exact science to this but I would suggest a 1/2 cup of marinade to every one pound of chicken.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long should I marinate chicken for?
Chicken can be marinated in the fridge from anywhere from 30 minutes to 6 hours.
Should chicken be marinated in the refrigerator?
Yes. It would be unsafe to leave it on the kitchen counter.
Should be marinated chicken be placed in a bowl or bag?
Resealable plastic bag are best. This keeps the meat submerged in the marinade for maximum flavor. You could also do a large bowl with plastic wrap.
Ginger Teriyaki Grilled Chicken Breasts
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This fresh and flavorful teriyaki marinade is ideal with chicken but also delicious with pork, beef or grilled vegetables.
My low carb Grilled Paleo Lemon Chicken with Thyme is delicious and bursting with fresh herb flavor and garlic! You can easily cook it on an indoor cast iron grill pan as I did or use an outdoor grill.
These maple ginger chicken thighs are packed full of flavor and perfect for any day of the week. Marinated in a maple syrup ginger mixture and baked to perfection with sweet fall apples. If you love maple syrup this is your new favorite recipe!
The marinade is super easy to throw together in the morning and makes for juicy, flavorful chicken. The topping is really bright and fresh and it pairs beautifully with the chicken right off the grill.
This cilantro lime chicken is easy to make and packed with flavor! While the cilantro This cilantro lime chicken can stand on its own, I’ve included accompanying recipes for a cilantro lime rice base and a delicious mango avocado salsa. This transforms this cilantro lime chicken into a tasty and healthy meal that is sure to be a hit.
For this grilled chicken with chimichurri sauce, the chimichurri doubles as the marinade and the sauce. It’s a quick and easy weeknight meal you can throw on the grill. And it’s gluten-free, dairy-free, and paleo.
Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families.