This is the BEST Grilled Chicken Marinade

This simple Chicken Marinade is quick and easy to throw together and makes the BEST chicken for the grill. With just a few ingredients, it’s perfect for an easy meal for your family or a backyard barbeque party.

Marinated Grilled Chicken on a blue plate

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My Grandma is an AMAZING cook.

Her Thanksgiving dinner is so legendary that I’ve driven through blizzard-like conditions on more than one occasion just because there was no way I was going to miss out on her stuffing and coconut cream pie.

And, because I know that I’ve never eaten anything at her house that didn’t make me want to go back for seconds and thirds, one of my favorite things to do when I visit is perusing her recipe box.

I’ve passed over this Grilled Chicken Marinade recipe numerous times, thinking that it looked “blah” and would result in an ordinary, uninspiring grilled chicken.

To quote Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman “Big mistake. Big. Huge.”

I finally decided to try her Grilled Chicken Marinade last week. I’ve made it twice since then. In a word, it’s GOOD. In two words, it’s TOTALLY AMAZING. This is one of the moistest, flavorful grilled chicken breasts I’ve ever tasted.

You can also easily double this recipe and grill extra chicken for making salad later in the week.

This post will show you how to make the BEST Grilled Chicken Marinade!

What You’ll Need to Make the Chicken Marinade

  • 1 packet of Good Season Italian Dressing Mix (dry)
  • 4 tbsp lemon juice
  • 4 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

This recipe will marinate 4-5 chicken breasts.

A note on Olive Oil: When making a marinade or dressing, I really love to use Zoe’s Organic Olive Oil. It’s a really great-tasting olive oil at a reasonable price. And I love the fact that it comes in a tin container (BPA free), which protects it from the light.

How to Make the Best Grilled Chicken Marinade

Step One

Start by placing the chicken breasts into a shallow dish.

  • Because most chicken breasts are so thick, I like to cut them in half horizontally before I marinate and grill them. Not only does this give you more surface area for the marinade, but it also reduces the grilling time down substantially.
  • I use a rectangular glass food storage dish for marinating the chicken. Because it has a lid, it’s an easy way to keep the food covered. And, you can hold the top down tightly and give it a good shake to distribute the marinade.
chicken breasts marinating in a glass container

Step Two

Next, mix the marinade ingredients in a small bowl. Once thoroughly mixed, pour over the chicken breasts, making sure to coat the chicken breasts thoroughly with the marinade.

(You can also place all the ingredients, including the chicken, into a large ziplock bag, making sure to coat the chicken thoroughly.)

Step Three

Allow the chicken to marinate for about 30 minutes.

Do not allow the chicken to marinade much longer than that. When working with lemon juice, more time in the marinade doesn’t equal more flavor and it can cause the meat to toughen. If you want a really moist and tender chicken breast, stick to the 30-minute mark with the marinade.

Marinated Chicken Breast on a bed of zucchini quick weeknight meal

How to Grill the Marinated Chicken

After you’ve marinated the chicken, place them on a preheated grill over medium heat. I usually grill them for 6-8 minutes, then flip the chicken over, and grill for an additional 6-8 minutes.

The chicken breasts are done when they’ve reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. For a totally FOOLPROOF way to keep track of the temperature of your food while it’s grilling, check out my new FAVORITE GRILLING PRODUCT!

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Grilled Marinated Chicken on a bed of zucchini on a blue plate
Marinated Grilled Chicken on a blue plate

The BEST Grilled Chicken Marinade

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This simple Chicken Marinade is quick and easy to throw together and makes the BEST chicken for the grill. With just a few ingredients, it's perfect for an easy meal for your family or a backyard barbeque party.
Prep Time:30 mins
Cook Time:15 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 packet of Good Season Italian Dressing Mix dry
  • 4 tbsp lemon juice
  • 4 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4-5 chicken breasts

Instructions

  • Step One
  • Start by placing the chicken breasts into a shallow dish.
  • Because most chicken breasts are so thick, I like to cut them in half horizontally before I marinate and grill them. Not only does this give you more surface area for the marinade, but it also reduces the grilling time down substantially.
  • I use a rectangular glass food storage dish for marinating the chicken. Because it has a lid, it’s an easy way to keep the food covered. And, you can hold the top down tightly and give it a good shake to distribute the marinade.
  • Step Two
  • Next, mix the marinade ingredients in a small bowl. Once thoroughly mixed, pour over the chicken breasts, making sure to coat the chicken breasts thoroughly with the marinade.
  • (You can also place all the ingredients, including the chicken, into a large ziplock bag, making sure to coat the chicken thoroughly.)
  • Step Three
  • Allow the chicken to marinate for about 30 minutes.
  • Do not allow the chicken to marinade much longer than that. When working with lemon juice, more time in the marinade doesn’t equal more flavor and it can cause the meat to toughen. If you want a really moist and tender chicken breast, stick to the 30-minute mark with the marinade.
  • How to Grill the Marinated Chicken
  • After you’ve marinated the chicken, place them on a pre-heated grill over medium heat. I usually grill them for 6-8 minutes, then flip the chicken over, and grill for an additional 6-8 minutes.
  • The chicken breasts are done when they’ve reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. 
Course: Marinade
Servings: 4 Servings
Author: Snug & Cozy Life

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