4.87 from 15 votes
The Very Best Chicken Marinade Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins

Sweet and tangy, the very BEST Chicken Marinade makes the very BEST grilled chicken, oven roasted chicken or pan seared chicken around. The most versatile marinade in your kitchen arsenal.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken marinade
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 318 kcal
Author: Kellie
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 lemon, juice and zest
  • 3 tbsp italian seasoning
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breast (or 4 bone in thighs and 4 bone in chicken legs)
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, soy sauce, honey, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, lemon zest, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper until combined.

  2. Place the chicken in a large zip top bag and place the bag in a large bowl to prevent leaking. Pour the marinade over the chicken and seal the bag pressing out as much air as possible.

  3. Transfer the chicken to the refrigerator and marinade for 1-24 hours. 

  4. Remove the chicken from the bag. Cook, as desired.

    To Grill:

    Grill the chicken over medium-high heat for 4-5 minutes (for boneless chicken) or 7-8 minutes for bone in chicken. Flip the chicken over and cook for an additional 5-10 minutes or until cooked through and no longer pink in the center.

    To roast:

    Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place the chicken on a baking sheet lined with parchment or foil. Roast the chicken for 20 minutes for boneless and 35-40 minutes for bone in chicken or until cooked through and no longer pink in the center.

Nutrition Facts
The Very Best Chicken Marinade Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 318 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 54mg18%
Sodium 2319mg101%
Potassium 513mg15%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 490IU10%
Vitamin C 9mg11%
Calcium 63mg6%
Iron 2.3mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.