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5 Easy, Super-Flavorful Marinade Recipes for Grilled Chicken

chicken marinade recipes
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Fresh chimichurri-style marinade recipe

Inspired by Suburbia Unwrapped.

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 – 1-1/2 cups extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup red wine vinegar
  • 4 large limes, juiced and zested
  • 4 fresh jalapeños, seeded and finely chopped
  • 8 cloves garlic, very finely minced or crushed
  • 2 cups flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1 cup fresh oregano
  • 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 chicken breasts

Directions:

  1. In a bowl, combine all of the ingredients except for the chicken, mixing very well.
  2. Add the chicken breasts to a large zip-closed bag and pour the marinade over top. Close the top and toss the chicken. Marinate overnight or until ready to grill.

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Dijon & white wine marinade recipe

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounce (1 cup) jar Dijon-style mustard
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar (can also substitute red wine vinegar)
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons fresh oregano, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 chicken breasts

Directions:

  1. In a bowl, combine all of the ingredients except for the chicken, mixing very well.
  2. Add the chicken breasts to a large zip-closed bag and pour the marinade over top. Close the top and toss the chicken. Marinate overnight or until ready to grill.

Citrus & garlic mojo marinade recipe

Yields 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 large sweet oranges, juiced
  • Zest of 1 whole orange
  • 2 limes, juiced and zested
  • 2 lemons, juiced and zested
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 chicken breasts

Directions:

  1. In a bowl, combine all of the ingredients except for the chicken, mixing very well.
  2. Add the chicken breasts to a large zip-closed bag and pour the marinade over top. Close the top and toss the chicken. Marinate overnight or until ready to grill.

A version of this article was originally published in June 2013.

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