4 Easy Chicken Marinade Recipes For Grilling Perfection

By Good Ranchers May 7, 2020

Chicken is one of the easiest meals to prepare. In fact, most families eat chicken a few times a week; thanks to the ease and variety of ways you can cook it. But if you want to spice up your weekly chicken routine, here are a few of our favorite chicken marinade recipes you can try right now. Whether you like spicy or tangy, or somewhere in between, we’ve got a few marinade recipes everyone is sure to love.

Before you begin meal prepping your favorite chicken dishes, be sure to stock up on Good Ranchers Chicken, where we are proud to offer quality meats at a reasonable price.

If you love big flavor and little prep work, these 4 chicken marinade recipes are for you.
Easy Chicken Marinade Recipe


1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

3 tbsp fresh lemon juice

3 tbsp soy sauce

2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

1 tbsp worcestershire sauce

3 minced garlic cloves (can also use 1/2 tsp garlic powder)

1 1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

Fresh parsley for garnish (optional)


  • In a bowl, mix oil, lemon juice, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, salt, and pepper.
  • Stab chicken breasts with a fork 7-9 times, before placing them and the marinade in a Ziploc bag. Turn chicken or massage so it gets fully coated.
  • Marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes – 5 hours.
Italian Chicken Marinade


  • 16 oz bottle Italian-style salad dressing
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt, to taste


Mix the dressing, garlic powder, and salt in a bowl. Place chicken in the bowl, and turn to coat. Marinate in the refrigerator at least 4 hours, up to 24 hours.

Easy Lemon Grilled Chicken Marinade


  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper


Rinse and pat dry chicken. Mix the lemon juice, soy sauce, ginger, and black pepper in a bowl; pour into a resealable plastic bag with chicken. Massage to evenly coat chicken with marinade. Refrigerate at least 20 minutes, or up to 24 hours.

Easy Spicy Chicken Marinade 


  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 7oz can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (or favorite peppers in sauce)
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (add more for extra spice)


Add all ingredients into food processor and pulse until it becomes liquid form. Pour marinade over chicken in a resealable plastic bag and turn to coat chicken entirely. Refrigerate 1-24 hours and grill.

Good Ranchers chicken is 100% American Cornish, and is all-natural with no added hormones, ever. Follow our Chicken Recipe board on Pinterest.

Our mission at Good Ranchers is to provide families all over the country with affordable, tasty, high-quality meat you can trust. Check out our pop-up locations to see if we’re near you so you can stock up for the whole family, and just in time for summer grilling! Visit our blog for more recipes and grilling inspiration.

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