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    The 15 BEST Chicken Marinade Recipes

    Marinades are a great way to add flavor to your chicken. There are so many to choose from in the grocery store. But if you really want that super delicious meal, making your own is the way to go. That’s why we’re presenting you with this collection of the 15 best Chicken Marinade Recipes.

    From super simple flavors to bold and exotic, this list will give your chicken the boost it deserves. Whether you’re looking for sweet, spicy, garlicy, herby or umami, you’ll find it all here.

    Go through this great list of chicken marinade recipes, and grill or bake the best chicken dinner ever!

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    The Best Chicken Marinades Recipes:

    1. Cuban Mojo Marinade

    We’re starting this list of chicken marinades with this extremely flavorful, citrusy, garlicky, tangy Mojo marinade. It will end your dilemma of how to give that piece of chicken more “Oh Wow!”

    It’s great for your everyday casual dinner, or an elaborate Cuban affair. Super easy to make with just a few simple fresh ingredients, you’ll never give another look to store-brand Mojo bottles.

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    2. Greek Chicken Marinade

    Try this sensational marinade with help of this simple but flavorful recipe, Greek Chicken Marinade! It’s made with your party staple ingredients like olive oil, lemon, garlic, and fresh herbs, that’s it.

    Your easy and quick marinade is ready to dress up your favorite chicken. This is a marinade you can use universally, and create amazing dishes.

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    3. Jamaican Jerk Marinade

    Add some island flair to your food with this famous Jamaican marinade! It has deep and complex flavors that are unlike any other marinade.

    Make it mild or make it spicy, either way, get ready for an explosion of flavor!

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    4. Harissa (North African Chili Paste)

    This North African Harissa is going to add a ton of flavor to your kitchen. Use it to marinade your chicken when you want some deep smoky flavors.

    The marinated chicken is equally great on the grill or baked.

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    5. BBQ Chicken Marinade

    BBQ Chicken Marinade is the most loved and common marinade, right? It is also very easy and quick to make at home, and tastes just like you are having a takeout BBQ chicken.

    The perfectly sweet and tangy flavor of marinade will make your chicken super delish. This marinade recipe is freezer friendly, too.

    Get the Recipe @ julieseatsandtreats

    6. Pesto Marinade

    Pesto! This classic sauce or marinade from Genoa is an Italian classic.

    Blending the freshness of basil, the pungency of garlic, the buttery nuttiness of pine nuts, and of course some nice olive oil.

    Although it is most commonly used as a sauce, it makes a wonderful marinade for chicken.

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    7. Chicken Fajita Marinade

    Make your favorite Mexican-flavored marinade and impress everyone! This super easy homemade Chicken Fajita Marinade is the perfect blend of flavors and spices, and takes only 5 minutes to whip up.

    Marinate your chicken minimum for 30 minutes and you are good to go. Perfect to make your Mexican dishes like burritos, nachos, and tacos.

    Get the Recipe @ dinneratthezoo

    8. Cilantro Lime Chicken Marinade

    Looking for a citrusy marinade for your next chicken meal? Look no further than this Cilantro Lime Chicken Marinade.

    It’s made fresh with some cilantro, lime, garlic, red paper flakes, and ground cumin. It makes your chicken so flavorful and citrusy that it will become one of your favorite chicken marinades.

    Get the Recipe @ thrivinghomeblog

    9. Tandoori Chicken Marinade

    Make the most popular Indian Tandoori Chicken Marinade, at home and get the same flavors from your famous restaurant.

    This super easy marinade is made with yogurt, ginger, turmeric, and other spices, giving a bold flavor to the chicken.

    Marinate overnight, or a minimum of half an hour, to make this smashing tandoori chicken. Grill it and WOW everyone.

    Get the Recipe @ easychickenrecipes

    10. Chipotle Chicken Marinade

    Make your dinner flavor packed and perfectly spicy with this Chipotle Chicken Marinade! This easy and quick marinade can give any meat an awesome flavor which everyone will love.

    Make batches of this chicken marinade for an easy and delicious weeknight dinner.

    Get the Recipe @ familydinners

    11. Balsamic Chicken Marinade

    Balsamic Chicken Marinade is a boldly flavored marinade that makes stunning grilled chicken.

    Marinate your chicken beforehand and make your busy weeknight dinner easy.

    Get the Recipe @ savorynothings

    12. Honey Mustard Chicken Marinade 

    Are you eating healthy lately and compromising on your taste? Then don’t. Make this Honey Mustard Chicken Marinade and give your simple plain chicken an amazing and delicious flavor.

    You can cook the marinated chicken in any way, and it will taste just fabulous.

    Get the Recipe @ thefrugalgirls

    13. Teriyaki Chicken Marinade

    Make your dinner easier and tastier with this easy Teriyaki Chicken marinade recipe! This marinade is mind-blowingly delicious and can jazz up any meat.

    This summer, make your meals outstanding with this super addictive Teriyaki marinade.

    Get the Recipe @ bakeeatrepeat

    14. Greek Yogurt Chicken Marinade

    Craving for some Mediterranean flavors for dinner? Then just try this incredible Greek Yogurt Marinade at home!

    This easy and quick recipe is made with lots of garlic, lemon, and oregano mixed in thick Greek yogurt, that’s it.

    Get the Recipe @ playswellwithbutter

    15. Southwest Chicken Marinade


    We are wrapping up this list of easy and flavorful marinade recipes with Southwest Chicken Marinade!

    Add Tex-Mex flavors to your meal and make it a winner with your family. Just try it today…

    Get the Recipe @ thrivinghomeblog

    So there you go, fifteen amazing chicken marinade recipes to ramp up the flavor. Which one will you try first?

    Save or pin this collection of great recipes so you always know where to find it. And be sure to subscribe to GypsyPlate, we’re always cooking up new easy recipes for you!

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    15 BEST Chicken Marinade Recipes

    This collection of easy Chicken Marinade Recipes are going to add so much flavor to your otherwise humble white meat.


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