Best Ever Grilled Chicken Marinade - This marinade imparts the ultimate flavor experience and produces a juicy tender piece of grilled chicken. Be sure to add this to your 4th of July menu.

Best Ever Grilled Chicken Marinade

The best ever grilled chicken marinade recipe by far!

For years we used Dale’s Steak Seasoning and then switched to Moore’s Original Marinade for the lower sodium content.

I would mix those marinades with bottled Italian dressing and just go with it. Why not make a homemade version, right?

Please don’t let the ingredient list frighten you away. I PROMISE this is the best marinade you will ever try and it’s super easy.

It is 100 times better than any store-bought kind.

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Best Ever Grilled Chicken Marinade

Grilled Chicken Marinade - marinated chicken pieces cooking on the grill

This marinade imparts the ultimate flavor experience and produces a juicy tender piece of grilled chicken.

We grill year-round and this chicken was planned for our lunches. Every week I make a large salad to keep in the fridge.

It’s lunch for me most days. But my husband has to be coaxed to eat salad on a regular basis.

Well, this week he actually asked for salads with grilled chicken for his lunches. (We’ll see how long this lasts.)

Grilled Chicken Marinade -marinade mixed in a metal bowl

Just whisk the marinade ingredients together in a small bowl. Pour over the chicken (usually about 2 1/2 to 3 pounds of chicken) and marinate for a minimum of 1 hour.

We usually go for 3-4 hours of marinating the chicken.

We also like cutting the chicken breasts into strips. It’s also a great recipe for chicken thighs.

This infuses more marinade flavor and allows for more grilled crispiness (my favorite part) on the chicken pieces.

If you like, reserve some of the marinade in a separate bowl to baste the chicken while grilling.

Grilled Chicken Marinade - chicken marinating in a zip top bag

Grill the chicken 3-6 minutes per side. This will depend on the thickness of the chicken. Do NOT overcook! Cook to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. No one likes dry chicken.

Grilled Chicken Marinade - chicken grilling on a hot grill

Serve and enjoy! This marinade also works great for pork too.

Keep it light and healthy by serving some of our favorite side dishes like Healthy Marinated Vegetable Salad or Roasted Green Beans and Mushrooms.

Best Ever Chicken Marinade Recipe

Best Ever Grilled Chicken Marinade - This marinade imparts the ultimate flavor experience and produces a juicy tender piece of grilled chicken. Be sure to add this to your 4th of July menu.

Best Ever Grilled Chicken Marinade Recipe

This is by far the best ever grilled chicken marinade recipe!
4.50 from 18 votes
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Course: Barbeque, BBQ, Grilling
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best, chicken, marinade
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 343kcal
Author: DSTR


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon molasses
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon dried oregano
  • Salt to taste


  • In a small bowl whisk all the marinade ingredients together.
  • Place the chicken in a zip bag or covered container, pour the marinade over and mix the marinade around to cover evenly.
  • Marinate at least 1 hour but 2-4 hours is preferred.
  • Preheat the grill to medium heat about 375-425 degrees F.
  • Grill the chicken 3-6 minutes each side until cooked through. Chicken should be at 165 degrees F at its thickest part.


We use the low sodium soy sauce to give us control of the salt. We usually add 1 teaspoon of sea salt and it’s perfect for us.
If you’re not a thyme kind of person just omit.


Calories: 343kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 1069mg | Potassium: 738mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 73IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 3mg

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  1. Meilleure recette de marinade au monde! Simple, rapide et des ingrédients toujours sous la main. Merci pour cette belle trouvaille.5 stars

  2. I wanted to cook a boneless, skinless turkey breast for supper on a rainy day here and happened upon your recipe thru a Pinterest email. I thought well it’d be just as good on turkey and after marinating a few hours put the breast, marinade and all in the oven to bake. It was awesome and the marinade thickened down to a lovely, flavourful sauce for the turkey! Thanks for a great recipe.5 stars

    1. Hey, Cathy! Great idea, we are going to have to try it soon! Thanks so much for coming by to tell us!!!

  3. This is by far the best marinade recipe I’ve come across is a long time!! Absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing it!

  4. This marinade is my new go to for
    a fast, tasty, summer dinner. I’ve made it twice in the one week and the whole family loves it.

  5. We had your grilled chicken recipe tonight. It was wonderful!!! The only things I changed: I used teriyaki sauce instead of soy sauce ( it’s what I had) and I also added crushed garlic. All 7 of us loved it!!!! Used chicken tenders, too, so it grilled quickly and had a lot of your yummy seasoning!!!5 stars

    1. We’ve never made this in bulk but I don’t see why it couldn’t live in your fridge for 5 days or so. Thanks for the good question. If anybody else wants to chime in with an opinion have at it.

  6. Any idea how much sodium is absorbed into the chicken? For someone who is on a sodium restricted diet.

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