Grilled Chicken Marinade Recipe

This easy chicken marinade recipe is sure to become a staple in your kitchen. It’s great for grilling and baking, and it produces so much flavor and keeps the chicken incredibly moist and outrageously delicious.


Grilled Chicken Marinade 🔗

Keep this grilled chicken marinade on hand for easy weeknight cooking. You’ll get juicy chicken every time so you never have to worry about dry chicken again!

Prep: 30min

Total: 1h10min


  • 1/2 c. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 c. soy sauce
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar 
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves, chopped
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 4 lb. bone-in chicken pieces, such as drumsticks, thighs, or leg quarters
  • 1 c. marinade
  • Oil, as needed


  1. For the marinade: Combine the olive oil, soy sauce, garlic, brown sugar, lemon juice, dijon mustard, thyme, salt, and black pepper in a pint-sized mason jar. Cover and shake well to combine. Use immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days before use.
  2. For the grilled chicken: Place the chicken in a zip-up gallon bag. Add all of the marinade, seal the bag, and refrigerate for 30 minutes (or up to 4 hours).
  3. Meanwhile, pre-heat one side of the grill to medium heat, around 350°, and leave the other side unlit. Oil the grill grates well.
  4. Remove the chicken from the marinade and pat dry with paper towels. Discard the remaining marinade. Place the chicken skin-side down over the lit side of the grill. Cover and cook until grill marks appear and the chicken easily releases, 6 to 8 minutes.
  5. Flip the chicken and transfer it to the unlit side of the grill. Cover and cook until the internal temperature reads 165˚, 35 to 45 minutes more (depending on the size of your chicken pieces). Let rest for 5 minutes, then serve immediately.


How long you should marinate the chicken?

When learning how to marinate chicken, use the following guidelines as a general guide: Boneless chicken: 30 minutes to 2 hours; bone-in chicken breasts, drumsticks, wings, or thighs: 1 to 12 hours.

What is the best way to marinate a chicken?

InstructionsPierce chicken breasts all over with a fork and place in a bowl with oil, lemon juice, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, salt, and pepper. Let marinate for at least 30 minutes. Turn on the grill to medium heat. Place the chicken on the grill.

How does Gordon Ramsay make grilled chicken?

To ensure that no heat escapes while your chicken is cooking, it’s crucial to keep the lid of your grill closed at all times. Place your marinated chicken breasts on the grill and cook for 6 to 8 minutes on one side.

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