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Easy Chicken Marinade Recipe featured by top US food blogger, Practically Homemade

Easy Chicken Marinade Recipe

A simple and easy chicken marinade that will take your summer grilling to the next level!

Course Main Course
Prep Time 8 hours 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • juice 2 limes
  • zest 1 lime
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 3-4 sprigs cilantro
  • 1/2 onion {cut into rings}


  1. Combine the oil, lime juice, lime zest, brown sugar, cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, salt and dried oregano in a liquid measuring cup {or mason jar} and whisk together {or shake} to combine ingredients.

  2. Put chicken breasts into a large Ziploc bag and pour marinade mixture over the top of the chicken. Add the cilantro sprigs and onion rings to the bag. Seal and place bag into a pan with sides {just in case the bag leaks}. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours {8 hours - overnight is ideal}.

  3. Grill chicken over medium-high heat {discard remaining marinade} until thermometer inserted in the thickest part of chicken breast reads 165 degrees {about 5-7 minutes per side}. Remove chicken from grill and cover with foil. Let chicken rest for 4-5 minutes before serving. Store leftover chicken in refrigerator.