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An easy chicken marinade that’s tangy and savory made with delicious spices and fresh ingredients. This one will keep you coming back for more.

savory easy grilled chicken marinade

Summer Grilling Series

Welcome back to another summer grilling post! If you’ve been following along, I’ve been sharing a great grilling recipe with you each week with all the summer flavors.

This one might be my favorite for chicken (I don’t know, I love Teriyaki too!).The blend of flavors is fantastic, and honestly quite hard to describe. I thought about calling it “secret sauce chicken” for that reason.

easy chicken marinade

The best description I could come up with is “savory”. It’s exactly that. It has a combination of fresh herbs and ingredients along with some seasoned salt and dried spices like smoked paprika that intensify the flavor. Just trust me, you’ve got to try this one.

It’s unique, and summery and just plain amazing. Perfect for a quick dinner, but also impressive to serve guests.

Easy Chicken Marinade

easy grilled chicken marinade

One of the reasons I love doing a bunch of marinades in the summer is because it gives me more time to enjoy the sunshine and the kids. It really only takes 5 or 10 minutes to put it together and then it just has to do it’s magic marinating in the fridge.

savory grilled chicken

Grilling only takes 10-15 minutes or so and dinner is on the table. Serve it with grilled Corn on the Cob and a salad with lots of yummy fresh veggies and you’re good to go.

You can even make these marinades ahead, toss the meat in them and freeze them. I love having a freezer stocked with ready to go meals. Make sure you thaw them in the fridge before cooking.

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savory easy grilled chicken marinade

Savory Grilled Chicken

An easy chicken marinade that’s tangy and savory made with delicious spices and fresh ingredients.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Marinate: 30 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 433kcal


  • 2-2 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice fresh squeezed from 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp seasoned salt
  • 1 clove garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tbsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme


  • Combine all ingredients except chicken in a small bowl and stir well.
  • Place the chicken in a shallow dish or zip lock bag and pour the marinade over top, making sure all chicken is covered well.
  • Marinade for at least 30 minutes and up to one day.
  • Preheat Grill to 400-500 degrees. Grill chicken for 5 minutes on each side or until cooked through.


To make ahead, place chicken in a ziplock bag. Make marinade and pour over chicken and coat well. Place in the freezer, laying it flat. Thaw in fridge before cooking.
**I typically slice chicken breasts in half lengthwise. This makes it go further and helps it to cook more evenly.


Calories: 433kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 123mg | Sodium: 1843mg | Potassium: 748mg | Vitamin A: 645IU | Vitamin C: 4.2mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1.3mg
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  1. Hi Missy,
    To use these in other recipes, it would really depend on what you want to put it in. Mainly because they are so flavorful already. I think it would work well on top of a salad, as a sandwich, shredded or cut up as a chicken salad, or in some soups. I would probably not put it in chili, as I think the flavors would compete too much. Just make sure that whatever you add it to, allows the chicken to be the starring role and you shouldn’t have a problem. I would love to hear what you do with it! 🙂

  2. Have you ever baked this recipe and used it in recipes that call for chicken breasts?

  3. It’s my FAVORITE one! I’m so glad you said that about the salt, because I have thought that too, but by the next time I make it, I have forgotten. I’m going to adjust that in the recipe. So glad you like it. It’s great on everything!

  4. 4 stars
    We have now made this marinade multiple times. My only thought is that it has too much salt. We cut it down to two teaspoons of salt, one of each. It was still delicious! It is now my go-to marinade. It has a bright, fresh flavor.

  5. Jessica, I’m so glad it worked for you. I find it completely versatile. Thanks for sharing it, I appreciate it. 🙂

  6. Hi Chellie!
    I’m always on the hunt for a new marinade and this was PERFECT to share with my readers in the new chicken breast blog post! Thank you so much for letting me feature it! (Jessica from the Mediavine FB group!) XOXO

  7. I’m always looking for great grilling recipes and this chicken looks fantastic.