Easy Grilled Chicken Marinade

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This Grilled Chicken Marinade recipe isn't a fussy recipe, just basic pantry ingredients like olive oil, lemon juice, zest, kosher salt, black pepper, and chile powder.

Do you wash chicken before marinating?

It is never a good idea to wash meats and poultry. For years, both the CDC and USDA have been advising home cooks not to wash or rinse their raw poultry.

4 Main Ingredients for Marinade

01 Coarse  Kosher Salt

02 Lemon Juice

03 Oil

04 Herbs/Spices

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Flour Bag
Flour Bowl

Can you use olive oil to marinate chicken?

Extra virgin olive oil keeps this chicken extra moist and juicy. 

What types of herbs are best for marinades?

I am a huge fan of Boonville Barn Collective's Piment d'Ville chile powder.

How long should I marinate the chicken?

For as little as 15 minutes, but for maximum flavor and texture give the chicken 5-6 hours to marinate.

Recipes to Use It in

Garden Cobb

Traditional Cobb

Strawberry Cobb

- Skinless, boneless chicken breasts, sliced in half and pounded thin, see note. - Extra Virgin Olive Oil - Zest of 1 lemon - Juice of 1 large, juicy lemon - Piment d'Ville chile powder - Garlic powder - Coarsely ground black pepper


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Combine the prepared chicken and all of the ingredients in a large bowl or a plastic bag. Toss to combine and coat. Marinate for as little as 10 minutes and up to 5 hours.


Preheat grill to 375 or 400F. Place marinated chicken breasts onto the preheated grill, and close the lid. Keep the grill lid closed while you cook the chicken.


Cook your chicken breast on the grill for 6 minutes on one side. Flip the chicken. Cook for 6 minutes more.


When the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 F, it is done and can be transferred to a clean plate or platter


Immediately cover the chicken with foil to seal in the juices and allow it to rest for 5-10 minutes before cutting into it.