We’re pretty sure we could live on grilled chicken (aka the world’s most versatile food) alone. But let’s be clear about something: We would never advocate throwing a plain chicken breast on the grill without a good long soak in a flavor-packed marinade—it truly makes all the difference in the world. Presenting eight of our favorites.
8 Quick Marinade Recipes for Grilled Chicken
Balsamic Peach Sauce
Peach season is fleeting, so we recommend making a double batch of this savory sauce and freezing it for winter. You’ll love the sweet hint of peach when there’s snow on the ground.
Grilled Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken Skewers
Who needs the stuff in the jar? Making your own teriyaki sauce is almost as easy, and about a thousand times more delicious.
Lemon Garlic Chicken Thighs
Good news: We bet you have all the ingredients to this deceptively simple (but crazy delicious) marinade in your pantry already. Which means that you can get this on the dinner table tonight without another trip to the grocery store.
Buffalo Chicken Marinade
We’d eat buffalo wings and blue cheese dip every night of our life if we could. Instead, we use this spicy marinade on grilled chicken breasts and give ourselves a big healthy-eating pat on the back.
Honey Soy Sauce Chicken Drumsticks
This marinade is great on drumsticks, but go wild and use it on boneless chicken breasts or thighs, too. Bonus: It’s always a hit with kids.
Spicy Lemon Herb Sauce
Our secret to getting dinner on the table on busy weeknights? Have a few go-to sauces or marinades like this on hand that work on anything.
This super-easy marinade has brown sugar, Dijon mustard, balsamic vinegar and lots of herbs and spices—basically all of our favorite things. We’re officially adding it to the weekly rotation.