Home-cooked meals are a great way to connect with family and friends over good food and conversation. Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or cooking a weeknight meal for your family, invite others to your table and enjoy each other’s company. Make your next meal extra flavorful with any of these easy 4 ingredient chicken marinades. Creating a marinade has been nailed down to a simple science so luckily, delicious chicken is not hard to achieve! All marinades should feature acid + oil/fat + seasoning.

Short on time? Even a 30-minute marinade can take your chicken up a notch in terms of juiciness and tenderness. And with most ingredients already in your fridge or pantry, you can get creative by experimenting with a variety of flavors. As warmer weather approaches, fire up the grill and host a backyard party with friends!

Directions for a 4 Ingredient Chicken Marinade:

  1. First, combine all marinade ingredients together and add salt and pepper. The measurements below are suggested for 1 pound of chicken. (Tip: For best results, use a blender or food processor to mix ingredients.)
  2. Combine marinade and chicken in a resealable plastic bag or covered glass baking dish.
  3. Marinate in the refrigerator for the suggested length of time or up to 12 hours if time allows. (Tip: Acidic marinades with citrus or vinegar work much quicker.)
  4. Remove your chicken from the marinade and allow excess to drip before cooking – no need to pat dry.
  5. Ready, set, grill!

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Test out these easy 4 ingredient chicken marinades in the kitchen and experience a whole new world of flavor. You can experiment by adding your own seasonings for a truly unique dish. With all of these new cooking skills, add some new kitchen gear to your mix or surprise your favorite host or hostess with a special gift.


Recipes inspired by the following sources: All Recipes 1, 2 | The Spruce Eats 1, 2, 3 | The Food Network | Unsophisticook | EVOO Marketplace | Julies Eats and Treats | The Kitchen Magpie | Sweet Baby Rays | A Sweet Pea Chef | Six Sisters Stuff 1, 2 | Flavorite | Barefeet In The Kitchen | Bon Appetit | Billy Parisi | Genius Kitchen | Little Broken