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Grilled marinated chicken

The Best Ever Chicken Marinade

This is the best chicken marinade recipe with southwestern flavors. It makes your grilled chicken juicy and flavorful without any heat.
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Gluten-free, Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings



  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced in a garlic press, or else use 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1-1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast raw


  • Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl.
  • Place raw chicken into a zip-top plastic bag. Pour the marinade over top and squish it around to coat.
  • Place the bag in the refrigerator for 2 hours to overnight. We prefer overnight, but you could do less time and still have it turn out nicely.
  • Pull chicken out of the bag to cook; discard marinade.
  • Grill chicken. If you want to use the sauce to baste the chicken while grilling, you will have to make a second batch. It's not safe to use the marinade that the raw chicken was in.


Note: If you are marinating shrimp, you should only marinate for 30 minutes. If you are marinating steak, you can do the 2 hours to overnight time frame and be fine.
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