The Best Grilled Chicken Marinade
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5 from 8 votes


This really is the best grilled chicken marinade! It's easy to prepare and makes any chicken taste like restaurant-quality chicken. So good!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Best Grilled Chicken Marinade
Servings: 6
Calories: 284kcal
Author: Brandie @ The Country Cook


  • 1 cup olive oil
  • ¾ cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • ¼ cup mustard (Dijon or yellow)
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1-½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds chicken tenderloins
  • 1 package wooden meat skewers (or metal skewers if you have them)


  • Combine all marinade ingredients and whisk together well.
  • Put chicken tenders into a lidded container and pour marinade over top of chicken.
  • Make sure all the chicken is coated, then snap on the lid.
  • Pop it into the fridge for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  • When chicken is ready, soak your wooden skewers in water for at least a half an hour (so they don’t burn on the grill).
  • Obviously you can skip this step if using metal skewers.
  • Preheat grill on medium-high heat.
  • Once skewers have soaked, begin threading chicken onto skewers.
  • Preheat grill to medium high heat.
  • Place skewers on clean grill.
  • Cook for about 5-6 minutes per side (until internal temp. is 165F degrees).
  • It's really important that you flip the chicken using tongs and you handle it by the meat portion of the skewer.
  • Don't try flipping using the skewer itself.
  • Metal ones will be too hot to handle at this point and the wooden ones might break.
  • Allow to cool for a couple of minutes before serving.



To keep food from sticking to your grill, you need to make sure you scrub off any baked-on food that might still be on your grill grates or your chicken is just going to stick to that blackened char. Don't have a grill brush? Just preheat your gas grill to high for a few minutes and close the lid. Open it up, turn down the heat, and scrub grates with a wad of aluminum foil. Works for me every time!


Calories: 284kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 1907mg | Potassium: 729mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Vitamin C: 7.6mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1.9mg