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Top 10 Chicken Marinade Recipes

Most Popular and Best Chicken Marinade Recipes


Have a problem with chicken drying out on the grill? A good poultry marinade will not only help prevent meats from drying out, but also protects the more delicate pieces while adding extra flavor. When marinating poultry, makes sure to the separate pieces, allowing the marinade to reach as much of the meat as possible. Skinless, boneless chicken breasts can be marinated in as little as 30 minutes while a whole chicken needs between 6 to 8 hours.

1. Pineapple Marinade

Pineapple Chicken Marinade
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This sweet, fruity marinade packs the power of pineapple and cider vinegar, which allows it work its way into meat. Add to this a collection of exotic flavors that turn any cut of pork or chicken into something truly delicious.

2. Jamaican Jerk Marinade

You've heard of Jerk seasonings and Jerk rubs, well this is a jerk marinade that gets that fantastic flavor deep into the meat. While this can be used on beef, pork, and fish, it works particularly well on chicken.

3. Lemon and Rosemary Marinade

Lemon and Rosemary Marinade
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With a hint of acid from the lemon and earthy freshness from the rosemary, this is a great marinade recipe for chicken. It produces a lemon-herb flavor similar to that found in so many store made chickens. However, this is much better.

4. Chicken Marinade with Red Wine

Bursting with flavor, this red wine marinade is good on anything from chicken breast to chicken thighs. You can also use it as a basting sauce for rotisserie chicken or even on grilled turkey breasts.

5. Lemon Pepper Marinade

This light and easy marinade recipe uses the power of lemon juice to help tenderize and flavor meats. This marinade is particularly good on poultry like rotisserie chicken.

6. Fajita Marinade

Loaded with the perfect ingredients for making fajitas, this marinade is compatible with most meats. Marinate beef the longest, poultry less, and fish for up to 30 minutes.

7. Carne Asada Marinade

Although, Carne Asada usually refers to beef, this marinade works just as well on chicken or pork. If you want to put together a delicious Mexican dish, then this is a great marinade to start with.

8. Teriyaki Marinade

Teriyaki Marinade
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Want to get that sweet and savory Teriyaki flavor into your favorite dish? This marinade is sure to do that. While you can use this mixture on most meats or even vegetables, it works particularly well with pork and poultry.

9. Lemon-Wine Marinade

Rich with the flavors of lemon and wine marinade, this marinade works really well on fish or chicken. Remember to decrease the marinating time (up to 30 minutes) for any fish or seafood, as the acids in the ingredients can render a mushy and sometimes, rubbery result. However, if preparing chicken breasts, thighs, or drumsticks, you can marinate for 2-3 hours

10. Orange and Onion Marinade

Arguably one of my favorite Asian fusion recipes, utilizing a soy sauce and cider vinegar base, complimented by the sweet citrus component, this marinade works magic on chicken, pork, and beef. Remember to let the marinade cool considerably before using it on raw meat.

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