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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Cilantro Lime Grilled Chicken

We love this zesty chicken in tacos or fajitas. But sometimes, we do as Coterie member Heidi Larsen does and just throw it together for a quick dinner on its own.

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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.

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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.

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Chicken Marinade

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.

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