5 Easy Chicken Marinades

4 glass storage containers filled with raw chicken and 4 different marinades

These 5 easy chicken marinades give you flavor-packed chicken with just a few ingredients!



Lemon Dijon

  • Juice of 2 large lemons
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard




1/2 cup store-bought BBQ sauce, or 1/2 cup of this homemade BBQ sauce:

  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoons coconut aminos
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


  • 3 limes, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt


  1. Whisk together the ingredients for your chosen marinade until fully combined.
  2. Pour the marinade into a large bowl or gallon-sized Ziplock bag, then add the chicken breast and toss to coat. Each marinade makes enough for about 2 large chicken breasts or about 1 pound of chicken.
  3. Seal the bag or cover the bowl that the chicken is marinating in, then refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, up to overnight. The longer you let the chicken marinate, the more flavor it will have.
  4. Sear, bake, grill, pressure cook, or slow cook the chicken following your favorite method. For full instructions for baked chicken, see our easy oven baked chicken breast recipe.

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