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8 different Chicken breasts in a variety of Marinades, pictured in ziploc bags.
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Best Chicken Marinades - 20+ Ways!

These chicken marinade recipes include everything from teriyaki to honey mustard and fajita flavoured. Most have 5 ingredients or less! 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Marinating time20 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 169kcal

Ingredients

Teriyaki marinade

  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp minced gingerroot

Honey mustard marinade

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup mustard

Balsamic marinade

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp each salt & pepper

Fajita marinade

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 tbsp homemade fajita seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp each salt & pepper

BBQ marinade

  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce

Pesto

  • 1/2 cup jarred pesto

Garlic herb marinade

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine or lemon juice
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp each salt & pepper

Lemon rosemary marinade

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp fresh or dried rosemary
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp each salt & pepper

Chicken

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 F. Mix together chicken marinade of choice in a small bowl and pour over chicken in a Ziploc bag or small bowl. Marinate for 15-20 minutes.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or tin foil. If you'd like to do multiple marinades at a time, make dividers using your tin foil as shown in the video below.
  • For 6 oz breasts: bake 18-20 minutes. For 8 oz breasts: bake 20-22 minutes. For 10oz breasts: bake 25-28 minutes. Check that chicken is cooked through by slicing one of the breasts down the middle and meat thermometre reads 165 F.
  • Let chicken rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing or chopping. Store in glass containers for later or serve immediately with a side dish. Enjoy!

Video

Notes

Make multiple chicken marinades at once using foil dividers.
Freeze your chicken in the marinade for up to 3 months.
Be extra careful while dealing with raw chicken to avoid contamination.
Use an oil, vinegar, emulsifier and sweetener for a basic four-ingredient marinade.

Nutrition

Calories: 169kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 942mg | Potassium: 450mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 1.3mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 0.8mg