Recipe: Easy Chicken Marinades

Honey Glazed ChickenIt’s that time of year again – GRILLING SEASON!  I love the no-mess convenience of cooking outside.  Preferably while drinking a glass of chilled Pinot Blanc.

Here are three chicken marinades that are quick and easy.  Making your own marinade is a simple way to avoid added sodium and processed ingredients like high fructose corn syrup and partially hydrogenated oils that are often found in the bottled kind.  You’ll be pleased with how much flavor the fresh herbs and spices add to the meat.

It’s important to note that you can let the chicken marinate for as little as two hours and up to 48 hours, but the longer you marinate it, the more flavor it will have.  These recipes make enough marinade for approximately 2lbs. of chicken.

Marinade: Mint Coconut Chicken
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • ½ onion (coarsely chopped)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • handful of fresh mint
  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor. Process until blended.

This recipe uses the same ingredients as Pulled Pork in a Crockpot so if you liked that, you should definitely try this.
Marinade: Honey Glazed Chicken
  • 3 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • 1 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup water
  1. Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Add liquid ingredients and mix well.
  3. Pour/brush over all sides of chicken.

I found this last recipe on Allrecipes and have been using it for years.  It was by a user named JILLYPOOH and originally posted here.  It was simply titled Marinade for Chicken.  I don’t know anything about JILLYPOOH – aside from the fact she makes a darn good Marinade for Chicken.
Marinade for Chicken
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¾ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ cup red wine vinegar
  • ⅓ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper (optional)
  • 1½ teaspoons finely minced fresh parsley
  1. In a medium bowl, mix together oil, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, wine vinegar, and lemon juice.
  2. Stir in mustard powder, salt, pepper, and parsley.

Happy, Clean Grilling!


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