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May 8, 2021

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Grilled Chicken Marinade

I can’t believe I haven’t shared this grilled chicken marinade recipe with you yet! I use it all the time when cooking for my family. It truly is the best marinade that you can use on any type of chicken (tenders, chicken breast, wings, thighs, etc. Plus, the recipe comes together so quickly, and it’s neutral enough that you can pair it with any side dish: rice, pasta, veggies—whatever!

Notes About This Grilled Chicken Marinade

This grilled chicken marinade uses the juice of one lemon and lime. Since citrus can change the texture of meat if left on too long, you don’t want to leave the meat marinating overnight. Instead, I usually pop it in the fridge in the morning and and grill it up that night. But you can make it up as little as an hour ahead of time and still enjoy juicy, tender meat.

Grilled Chicken Marinade Ingredients

  • 2-3 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts, tenders, or thighs
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp whole grain mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • ¼ cup brown sugar (or coconut sugar)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
Chicken marinade ingredients

Instructions

In a large bowl, whisk together all marinade ingredients. Place chicken in the mixture and let marinade for 1-8 hours. (Do not marinate overnight, as the citrus can change the texture of the chicken if left too long.) 

Grilled Chicken Marinade

Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Next, grill chicken for about until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees, flipping once. 

Grilling the chicken

Chicken breasts take about  7 minutes per side, chicken thighs take about 5 minutes per side, and chicken tenders take about 3-4 minutes per side.

The best grilled chicken

Then let rest for 5 minutes before slicing. I know your whole family will love this versatile grilled chicken marinade!

The final product: amazing grilled chicken!

Grilled Chicken Marinade

Ingredients

  • 2-3 lbs skinless chicken breasts, tenders, or thighs
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp whole grain mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar or sub coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, whisk together all marinade ingredients.
  • Place chicken in the mixture and let marinade for 1-8 hours. (Do not marinate overnight, as the citrus can change the texture of the chicken if left too long.) 
  • Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
  • Grill chicken for about until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees, flipping once. (Chicken breasts take about  7 minutes per side, chicken thighs take about 5 minutes per side, and chicken tenders take about 3-4 minutes per side.)
  • Let rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

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