Dry, tasteless chicken-no-more! Use one of these 6 delicious chicken marinade recipes to infuse flavor into your chicken. You’ll never go back to plain, boring chicken again.
In this post, we’ll teach why you should marinate your chicken, how to make a chicken marinade, and how to freeze marinated chicken!
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Easy Chicken Marinade – 6 Ways
I grew up eating Italian-marinated chicken almost weekly as a kid. My mom would marinate chicken breasts in store-bought Italian dressing and then bake or grill it – so simple and such a great way to add flavor to chicken!
Today we’re sharing 6 of the best chicken marinade recipes to give you the best-tasting and juiciest chicken you’ve ever eaten. Enjoy!
What is a chicken marinade?
A chicken marinade is a combination of herbs, spices, oil, and other flavor add-ins that you use to flavor chicken with. Think of it like a sauce that infuses flavor into your meat.
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Well, what about a chicken dry rub or chicken seasoning? Dry rubs typically flavor the outside of your meat, but a marinade is going to flavor the entire cut of chicken. Sometimes, we like to use a combination of both!
Why marinate your chicken?
We recommend marinating your chicken not only to infuse the entire thing with flavor, but to make it extra tender and juicy.
Like we mentioned above, marinades really do add so much body and flavor to the ENTIRE cut of meat.
How long should I marinate my chicken?
We recommend marinating your chicken for anywhere from 30 minutes to 6 hours.
If your chicken marinade does not contain a citrus fruit or acid-like vinegar, you can marinate it overnight or for up to 24 hours.
How much marinade do I need per 1 lb. of chicken?
Per 1 to 1.5 lbs. of chicken, you’ll need around 1/2 cup of marinade. So, feel free to double or triple any of these marinades to flavor more chicken.
What cuts of chicken can I marinate?
Any cut of chicken can be marinated: chicken breasts, chicken legs, chicken thighs, and whole chickens!
What should I marinate my chicken in?
When it comes time to actually marinating your poultry, pretty much any container large enough to house your chicken works! Here are our top 3 choices.
- Casserole dish: we love using a simple casserole dish because it makes for easy baking when it’s time to cook!
- Gallon-size plastic bag: planning to freeze your marinated chicken? Use a plastic bag as your vessel for marinating.
- Glass container or bowl: don’t have either of the above? Any glass container or bowl will work!
How do I cook marinated chicken?
Pretty much any cooking method is fair game. We’re linking to some of our basic chicken breast recipes below so you can learn how to easily cook your marinated chicken.
- Instant Pot
- Slow Cooker
- Sous Vide
- Air Fryer
How to Freeze Marinated Chicken
Freezing marinated chicken is one of our secret meal-prep tips! Simply place your chicken in a large, gallon-size bag and then add the marinade. Remove as much air as possible and then seal the bag shut. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
PS: there is no need to let your chicken marinate for the full 24 hours before freezing. It will marinate as it freezes and as it thaws!
And now, please enjoy 6 of our go-to chicken breast marinade recipes! Because I know you’re curious, my personal favorite is the teriyaki 😛
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