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Delicious Chicken Thigh Marinades in 5 ziploc bags
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Delicious Chicken Thigh Marinades {5 Ways}

These Delicious Chicken Thigh Marinades are perfect for meal prep and super easy! Try Sesame, Chipotle, Greek, Balsamic and Honey Dijon.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Resting time20 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 308kcal


  • 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs

Garlic sesame marinade

  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh minced ginger

Chipotle marinade

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp each salt & pepper

Honey dijon marinade

  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp each salt & pepper

Balsamic marinade

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

Greek marinade

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


  • Preheat oven to 425 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. Add chicken thighs with bottom area facing down. Bake for 12 minutes, then flip and bake 8 more minutes.
  • Check that chicken is cooked through by slicing one of the thighs down the middle and if meat thermometer 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!



If you want crispier chicken, use chicken thighs with the skin on.
Make multiple marinades at once using foil dividers.
Serve with a side of steamed veggies, rice, salad or roasted potatoes.
Marinade your chicken ahead of time then store it in the fridge for 24 hours or freeze it for up to 3 months.


Calories: 308kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 215mg | Sodium: 732mg | Potassium: 582mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 54IU | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 2mg