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A Tasty Introduction to Easy Chicken Marinade Recipes

A chicken marinade recipe can make the different between a plain, uninteresting chicken breast or thigh, and a really juicy and delicious one, which is literally bursting with flavor.

Not all recipes require you to marinate the bird but sometimes doing so is a great idea because of the fantastic results. Most marinades combine an acidic ingredient like vinegar, yogurt or lemon juice, with some oil and also flavorings such as fruit, mustard, herbs or spices. There are literally hundreds of different recipes and sometimes you can switch one ingredient for a similar one (lemon juice for lime juice perhaps, or chili powder for cayenne pepper) to make something totally new and unique.

What is the Marinade for Poultry?

Actually there are different ones for different occasions. Perhaps you want to add a touch of citrus or a garlic flavor to your bird, or maybe you want to give it a smoky hot flavor for the grill. You can choose from international style recipes, ones for the grill or rotisserie and much more, depending what you want to eat.

Some steak marinades can double up as chicken ones, which might be a good idea if you are grilling a lot of meat and poultry at once, but some of the steak ones are designed to break down and tenderize the meat, which is not necessary for poultry since it is not naturally tough like some cheap cuts of beef.

Making Your First Marinade

A good recipe will advise you on the best ingredients to choose and talk you through preparing the marinade like a pro. Often, it is simply a question of whisking the ingredients together and leaving the poultry in the marinade for a specific amount of time. This could be anything from ten minutes to overnight or even longer. The longer you leave the marinade on, the stronger flavor it will leave in the poultry.

It is important to follow advice about whether to throw the used marinade away. If you are marinating vegetables, for example, you can reuse the marinade as a sauce or basting liquid but in the case of poultry it is usually recommended to discard it, since bacteria from raw chicken can contaminate the cooked meat.

Alternatively you might be able to use it for basting (not during the final five minutes though) or boil it for a few minutes to make a sauce. Follow the individual recipe for the best advice or, if in doubt, discard it afterwards.

Basic Marinating Tips for Home Cooks

When poultry is frozen, its pores are closed. This means it cannot absorb any liquid. Forget about pouring sauces or liquids over frozen poultry. You could always freeze chicken in the marinade though, and then by the time it thaws out it will be flavored to perfection.

Never marinate chicken in a metal container. It might be fine but sometimes you get a metallic flavor which is not good. Plastic or glass is better. Some chefs claim that using a plastic bag means the chicken cannot "breathe" but this is up to you.

Whichever you feel is the best recipe for you and your family, why not make it for dinner tonight? There are lots of ways to flavor poultry and plenty of delicious side dish ideas to go with it. Marinated poultry is always supremely juicy and positively oozing with amazing flavor.

Thanks for visiting,

Christine and everyone here at Easy Chicken Marinade

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The Best Grilled Chicken Marinades

There are a lot of different marinades to choose from, whether you are planning to grill your chicken breasts or drumsticks whole or whether you fancy making kabobs. You can either grill or broil these kabobs. If you want to broil them, keep them five inches from the heat and give them about fifteen minutes. You will find the directions for grilling the chicken in the recipe itself. Chargrilling gives the kabobs a smoky flavor which broiling cannot.

In the following recipe, the bird is marinated in a spiced mixture of pineapple juice, soy sauce, ginger, lemon juice and more. This combination of ingredients gives it plenty of flavor and since the meat is chopped up before being added to the marinade, it will have a stronger flavor. If you use a whole chicken breast, only the outside gets the taste because it is in contact with the marinade. Marinating chopped chicken means more of the bird's surface area is in contact with the liquid, therefore it will end up with a more intense flavor.

This is one of the best recipes if you want to make kabobs and you can serve them with fresh salad leaves and tomato, as well as a fruity salsa. Pineapple salsa is nice but since the kabobs contain pineapple chunks and the marinade contains pineapple juice, why not try a mango salsa recipe instead, for a better contrast? Use unripe green mango or ripe orange-colored mango, as you prefer.

Marinated Grilled Kabobs

Summary: There are many various grilled chicken marinades you can to choose from, if you're thinking of grilling your chicken breasts, drumsticks, or whole bird you may fancy marinating chicken kabobs even.

Contributed by Christine Szalay-Kudra.

Published Thursday, August 02, 2012


  • 6 whole chicken breast filets, cut into 24 cubes
  • 1 whole onion, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 12 whole pineapple chunks
  • Lettuce and tomato wedges, to serve

For the Marinade:

  • 1 tablespoons lemon juice
  • cup soy sauce
  • tablespoons ground ginger
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • cup brown sugar
  • tablespoons onion powder
  • tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 cup pineapple juice

For the Salsa:

  • whole red onion, sliced lengthwise
  • 2 whole big mangoes, peeled and cut into inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 whole de-seeded, finely chopped jalapeno
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Fresh mint sprigs, for garnish


Combine the marinade ingredients and soak the chicken in it for 2 hours, in the refrigerator.

Alternate the chicken with the onion and pineapple on skewers.

Grill 8 inches from moderately hot coals for about 12 minutes or until the chicken is no longer pink inside.

Turn often, brushing with marinade.

Do not apply any marinade during the final 5 minutes of cooking.

Toss the red onion, mangoes, jalapeno and lime juice together. Season with salt and pepper.

Serve the hot kabobs with the lettuce and tomato wedges, as well as the mango salsa.

Garnish with fresh mint.

Further details

Enough for (Serves 6).

Preparation time is approximately 15 min

Grilled Chicken Marinades

Grilled Chicken Marinades

Photo Description:

As you can see from the picture, this is a tasty-looking and very colorful kabob recipe. There are different marinade recipes you could choose from but something sweet yet piquant usually works well when you are grilling. Alternatively feel free to adapt your favorite rotisserie marinade to infuse the poultry with a different flavor. You can see how the mango salsa looks great served alongside the kabobs. This is a hearty and satisfying meal which the whole family will enjoy.

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An Introduction to Marinating Poultry

If you have never made anything like this before, you are going to have great fun with your first one. A good marinade will make your bird juicy, tender, and flavorful and they are so simple to use. Of course chicken needs time to marinate properly so you will want to make your marinade and add the meat at least a couple of hours before cooking it.

You can serve the resulting dish with any of your favorite side dishes and you might wish to echo the marinade ingredients in the side dishes. For example, if you have used garlic in the marinade and the chicken has an aromatic garlic taste, you might like to serve garlic mashed potatoes with it. Alternatively you can serve contrasting side dishes.

Marinating your poultry gives it a gourmet flavor and whether you want to feed the family or cater for a dinner party, making such a dish is a great way of providing a truly satisfying meal. You can begin it in the morning, let the chicken soak all day and then cook it in the evening when you are ready, using your favorite cooking method.

How Easy Can a Marinade Be?

It can be as easy as combining two or three basic ingredients or it can be more complex, requiring a lot of different components. Every recipe is different although most require just a few ingredients and are really simple to put together. You can prepare some chicken marinade recipes in less than a minute if there is no chopping or slicing involved.

How to Use a Marinade

Once you have prepared it, all you need to do is add the poultry and allow it to soak up the wonderful flavors. You do not need to make too much marinade but the chicken does need to be covered in the mixture. There are two ways to apply the marinade and that is either a shallow dish or a plastic bag.

If the bird is in a dish, it might need to be rotated or turned over a few times during the marinating time, just to make sure there is plenty of marinade in contact with the meat. If you are using a bag, use a strong Ziploc bag which you can re-seal. Add the marinade and shake or stir it in the bag, then add the chicken and squeeze all the air out. This ensures the poultry will be in contact with the marinade.

The smaller the surface area of the chicken, the less contact it has with the marinade, so for example soaking one inch cubes of chicken in the mixture will give it a more intense flavor than soaking a whole chicken breast, because more of the chicken is in direct contact. Some recipes suggest that you poke holes in the chicken with a fork so the flavored mixture can penetrate deeper, so you can try this if you want to marinate larger cuts.

You can boil some marinades while the chicken is cooking, if you want to turn them into a sauce. Others are best discarded because they do not make good sauces and they have performed their job already by flavoring the bird. Since a marinade is designed to flavor the meat, some do not taste good as a sauce or basting agent, although they might give the poultry a delicious taste when used for marinating.

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Baked Chicken Marinade Baked Chicken Marinade

The Yummiest Recipes - The Yummiest Recipes - Poultry is a lean meat, which means that although it is healthier for you than fatty meat, it is also prone to drying out. When you cook it in the oven, or use another dry heat source, the risk of your meat drying out is greater. This is why using a baked chicken marinade is such a great idea. Such a mixture will not only give your poultry plenty of wonderful flavor but it will also keep it moist and succulent the whole time it is in the oven. There is a suitable recipe for every occasion.


Chicken Breast Marinade Chicken Breast Marinade

A Great Recipe for the Breasts - A Great Recipe for the Breasts - Chicken breasts make a versatile ingredient, which means you can use pretty much any kind of marinade on them. Whether you want to add a delicate citrus touch, some aromatic herbs or really spice them up, you can do this with a good marinade. Add Asian flavors with lemongrass, chilies, cilantro or soy sauce, sweetness with molasses or honey, or give the mixture some fire with curry powder, chili powder or other spices. A good marinade will bring your chicken breasts to life, infusing them with an amazing flavor and keeping them really moist.


Chicken Marinade Recipe Chicken Marinade Recipe

Exciting Recipe Ideas - If you are stuck for ideas, you might like to browse our comprehensive collection of marinades. You can find ones for grilling, baking and rotisserie cooking, amongst others. Part of the fun of marinating is deciding which recipe to choose. You also need to choose which side dishes are going to go with your meat but you can keep these simple if you like. There are some really easy ideas to start you off, including combining just two or three ingredients, using fresh herbs or freshly-ground spices or even using oriental ingredients.


Grilled Chicken Marinades Grilled Chicken Marinades

Summertime Grilling Marinades - Grilled chicken is popular all year but especially in the warmer months when standing over a grill is a pleasure rather than a chore. The best thing about a charcoal grill is that it gives your meat a delicious smoky aroma and flavor. If you have a gas grill, you will already know how easy it is to control the cooking temperature. Whatever kind of grill you have, there are some tasty marinades to try out. Whether you prefer your poultry sticky and sweet, herby, fruity or something else, you can find the best marinades right here.


Rotisserie Chicken Marinade Rotisserie Chicken Marinade

Marinating for the Rotisserie - Marinating for the Rotisserie - Skewering a whole bird on a spit and slow-cooking it in the oven or over a fire is one great way to crisp up the outside whilst keeping the inside moist, but using a marinade in addition to this style of cooking means an extra special result. Not only can you be sure that the bird will stay moist during the long cooking time but you can also give it any flavor you like by matching a marinating mixture to your preferences and palate. There are various marinade ideas you can try out, all of which add a gourmet touch, soaking into the poultry to give it an amazing taste.


Simple Chicken Marinades Simple Chicken Marinades

Basic Ways to Flavor Poultry - There is no need to make complicated marinades when simple ones do the job just fine. A five, four or even three ingredient marinade can infuse your bird with fantastic flavor and give it a wonderful taste on the grill, in the oven or however you choose to cook it. There are simple marinades for every occasion and anyone can make an easy marinade, even somebody who is totally new to cooking. Try a tasty one for the rotisserie, an Asian-inspired recipe, or even one of our classic grilled chicken marinades.


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Handy Cooking Tips for Adventurous Home Cooks - If making a great marinade is new to you, you might wish to learn a few handy cooking tips before you dive into the world of baked or grilled marinades. For example, do you know how to make the best marinade or how long you should let your chicken soak in it? Should you marinate chicken at room temperature or in the refrigerator, and is it safe to baste chicken with leftover marinade while it cooks? Find the answers to these questions and more in our useful cooking tips section.


Chicken Articles Chicken Articles

Essential Marinating Info - Even beginner cooks will find learning a chicken marinade recipe easy. A rotisserie chicken marinade, breast marinade or even grilled chicken marinades can enhance the flavor and moistness of your bird, infusing it with a mouthwatering flavor and giving it a gourmet touch. If you want to make something easy with poultry, marinating it in a homemade marinade is one of the best ways to do just that. Most of these recipes are very easy to prepare and you should already have most (or all) of the necessary ingredients in your pantry or refrigerator.


Five Reasons to Make Your Own Chicken Marinade Recipes

1. They Really are Easy

You can make a tasty marinade in a couple of minutes. Simply whisk together your chosen ingredients and you can make something quickly and easily. Marinating the poultry will take a while but plan ahead and these recipes can be a timesaving solution.

2. They are So Tasty

Whether you want to marinate chicken breast, poultry for the rotisserie oven, or try another of our easy recipes, there is no doubt they will give your poultry an amazing taste.

3. There are Plenty to Try

There are Asian style recipes, spicy ones, simple two or three ingredients ones and smoky grilled chicken marinades. There are plenty of ethnic marinades to try out, as well as classic traditional ones. You will never get bored of marinating chicken because there are so many different recipes.

4. These Marinades are Incredibly Versatile

Marinating your bird does not necessarily mean you have to grill it or broil it. You can marinate it and then cook it on the rotisserie or you can slice it up and add the marinated slices to a stir-fry. You can even make marinated chicken kabobs.

5. Poultry is a Delicious Budget Choice

Most people cannot afford to eat fine steak or lobster every day, and nor would most of us want to. Chicken is a great choice because it is healthy, affordable, and versatile. You can pick up a couple of breasts for less than two dollars and make a mouthwatering marinade recipe to give it the perfect flavor.


How to Make Really Memorable Dishes

Marinating poultry should give it a wonderful flavor and texture without interfering with the natural taste. After all, a marinade is meant to enhance your meat, not mask its natural flavor.

Your recipe should be memorable for its great taste and this means you need to use good quality ingredients which blend well together. You can also recognize a great marinade by how well it tenderizes the chicken, as well as how much of its flavor remains on the bird after cooking.

The Best Ingredients and Presentation

Some marinade recipes will color your meat as well as flavoring it, so this can make the presentation more interesting. If you are boiling the marinade to serve with the poultry as a sauce, you might like to keep the side dishes simple so you can enjoy the chicken and sauce. Choosing rice, mashed potatoes or something else to soak up some of the sauce is a good idea, and you can also serve one or two cooked vegetables, or some salad.

You can cook the veggies with the meat if you like, perhaps grilling them if you are grilling the poultry or baking them if you prefer to do the meat in the oven.

Quality and Quantity

The quality of your marinade and the quantity you make are both important factors in the success of the recipe as a whole. You should use the best quality ingredients you can afford to make a truly stunning dish, and you should ensure you make sufficient marinade to coat the meat.

Oils help to hold in moisture so use a good quality extra-virgin olive oil in your marinade, or a neutral oil if you do not want the distinctive olive oil flavor.

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