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This simple chicken marinade recipe made with olive oil, soy sauce, fresh lime juice, garlic, brown sugar, and a blend of seasonings makes the most flavorful and juicy grilled chicken. Not to mention, it goes great with chicken, beef, or pork and fast and easy to whip together!
This marinade recipe came from my mother-in-law and has become my own personal favorite over the years. She uses Accent in place of the Mrs. Dash seasoning, which adds a nice umami flavor punch from the MSG. There's really no solid evidence that it's actually bad for you, but I usually substitute with an all-natural, salt-free, alternative. There's plenty of salt in the soy sauce to add great flavor. This chicken marinade is so tasty and makes the meat really moist and tender. It has all the great components of a good marinade: salt, fat, acid, and heat!
I recommend marinating the meat overnight in the refrigerator for the best results. This is our favorite marinade recipe for flank steak, too! So versatile and delicious!
Now that the weather has warmed up, I'm craving ALL the grilled foods. I love using my grill when it's nice outside and it's a big plus to keep my kitchen clean while I cook. 🙂
This recipe makes enough marinade for 4-5 pounds of chicken.
Side Dish Ideas
Since you are already heating up the grill to make this flavorful grilled chicken, you should also try this delicious grilled Parmesan Asparagus recipe! You also can't beat a good salad to go with grilled meats in the summertime for a light and healthy meal. This Mediterranean orzo pasta salad is a delicious option, or this copycat Olive Garden salad recipe. The dressing is SO good!!
More Favorite Grilled Chicken Recipes
Grilled Chicken Fajita Tostadas
Best Ever Grilled Chicken Marinade
- 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
- ½ cup soy sauce
- ½ cup lime juice freshly squeezed
- 3 cloves garlic pressed
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp fresh black pepper
- ½-1 tsp Tabasco sauce
- 2-3 tbsp brown sugar or coconut sugar
- 1 tsp Accent seasoning or substitute with a salt-free all-purpose seasoning, like Mrs. Dash
- Whisk all ingredients together and add your meat
- Cover and soak overnight
- I use this for boneless and bone-in chicken breasts, flank steak and london broil