Favourite Grilled Chicken Marinade Recipe

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This BEST EVER grilled chicken marinade recipe makes perfectly tender & tasty meat for Summer grilling – with only 4 ingredients!

(Original post updated July, 2021 with new photos and a convenient printable recipe card.)

Grilled chicken breasts are one of our favorite hot summer day barbecue meals.

The marinade just takes minutes to mix up, and makes the best bbq chicken ever!

3 steps to make easy grilled chicken marinade

How to make Grilled Chicken Marinade

Ingredients you’ll need for this recipe

4 ingredients for easy chicken marinade

Along with the chicken breasts, you only need 4 ingredients for this marinade:

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder (or 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced)
  • 3 large chicken breasts, skinless and boneless

How to stir up quick chicken marinade

Stir ingredients together in a container with a tight lid (like this Tupperware one) for grilled chicken marinade.

I like to use my old school Tupperware marinade container for this recipe, but any container with a tight fitting lid – or even a ziplock bag works well!

I simply dump the soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, and minced garlic in the container and stir.

Place the chicken in the container with marinade and flip over so both sides are coated well.

Then, I add the chicken breasts, poke them with a knife a few times (to get the marinade to flow through them), and flip them over to coat both sides.

Place the lid on the container and place in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.  Throughout that time, occasionally flip over the container or bag to evenly coat the chicken.

How to make this chicken marinade as a freeze ahead meal recipe

One of the easiest freeze ahead meals is marinating meat in ziploc bags.  Here are some tips to make it quick and easy:

  • Purchase a large family pack of boneless, skinless chicken breasts – fresh or frozen. 
  • Place the 3 chicken breasts in a ziploc bag, pour over the marinade, label the bag with a sharpie marker, and pop into the freezer. 
  • On the day I want to use them (or the night before), place a bag in the fridge to unthaw.  As it thaws out, it will be marinating in deliciousness!  

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{And no matter what I tried, I just couldn’t get marinating meat to look beautiful…}

How to grill marinaded chicken

To cook this marinaded chicken on a barbecue, follow these simple steps:

  • Oil the clean grates and preheat the grill to high heat.
  • Place the marinaded chicken on the grill and brush with extra marinade.
  • Cover the grill and cook for 3 minutes per side. (Cooking times will vary based on the thickness of the chicken.)
  • If the chicken is sticking to the grill, let it cook a bit more. It should release easily when it’s time to flip.
  • Chicken will be cooked when there is no pink when cut in half.

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BEST EVER Grilled Chicken Marinade Recipe

BEST EVER Grilled Chicken Marinade Recipe

Yield: 3
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Additional Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 12 minutes

This BEST EVER grilled chicken marinade recipe makes perfectly tender & tasty meat for Summer grilling - with only 4 ingredients!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 3 large chicken breasts, skinless and boneless

Instructions

    Add the soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, and garlic in a container with a tight lid - or ziploc bag - and stir. If using a ziploc bag, seal the bag and shake it to combine the ingredients.

    I add the chicken breasts, poke them with a knife a few times (to get the marinade to flow through them), and flip them over to coat both sides.

    Place the lid on the container and place in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.  Throughout that time, occasionally flip over the container or bag to evenly coat the chicken.

    To cook this marinaded chicken on a barbecue, follow these simple steps:

    1.Oil the clean grates and preheat the grill to high heat.

    2.Place the marinaded chicken on the grill and brush with extra marinade.

    3.Cover the grill and cook for 3 minutes per side. (Cooking times will vary based on the thickness of the chicken.)

    If the chicken is sticking to the grill, let it cook a bit more. It should release easily when it’s time to flip.

    Chicken will be cooked when there is no pink when cut in half.

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