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7 Chicken Marinade Recipes You Can Freeze

7 chicken marinade recipes to keep dinner exciting! Showing you how to prepare and marinate your chicken for the best flavor, and how to assemble ahead and freeze for easy dinners.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Marinating time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 5 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2
Calories: 190kcal

Ingredients

* marinade recipes are for 1 large chicken breast (7 oz); hover over the portion size to increase the recipe portions

    Cilantro Lime Chicken Marinade

    • 1 boneless skinless chicken breast
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1 tablespoon lime juice
    • 2 teaspoons honey
    • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves chopped
    • 1 clove garlic minced
    • 1/8 teaspoon salt

    Sweet Chili Chicken Marinade

    • 1 boneless skinless chicken breast
    • 3 tablespoons sweet chili sauce
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce (reduced sodium recommended)
    • 2 tablespoons water

    Jerk Chicken Marinade

    • 1 boneless skinless chicken breast
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
    • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1 tablespoon lime juice

    Lemon Ginger Chicken Marinade

    • 1 boneless skinless chicken breast
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
    • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
    • 1/8 teaspoon salt
    • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)

    Chipotle Lime Chicken Marinade

    • 1 boneless skinless chicken breast
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1 teaspoon adobo sauce (from a can of chipotle peppers)
    • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
    • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
    • 1 clove garlic minced
    • 1 tablespoon lime juice
    • 1/8 teaspoon salt

    Honey Garlic Chicken Marinade

    • 1 boneless skinless chicken breast
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1 tablespoon soy sauce (I prefer reduced sodium)
    • 2 tablespoons honey
    • 1 clove garlic minced
    • 2 tablespoons water

    Yogurt Curry Chicken Marinade

    • 1 boneless skinless chicken breast
    • 2 tablespoons yogurt
    • 1 teaspoon lime juice
    • 1/8 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon curry powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar

    Instructions

    • Combine all ingredients in a heavy duty freezer bag or reusable silicone bag. Add chicken breasts and turn to coat in marinade.

    Fridge

    • Marinate the chicken in the fridge for 2-24 hours.

    Freezer

    • If freezing, place in the freezer immediately. Thaw in the fridge overnight, or by immersing the bag in a bowl of cold water for a couple of hours.

    To Bake

    • Heat oven to 425°F.
    • Pour chicken from the bag (including all marinade juices) into a baking dish (5x5 for a single chicken breast and 8x8 for 2+).
    • Bake for 10 minutes, flip, and bake for 10-20 more minutes, depending on the size of your chicken breast (see *). Chicken is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.
    • Remove chicken from the oven and cover with a baking dish. Rest for 10 minutes before serving.

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    Notes

    * approximate total cook times for chicken breasts:
    • For small, 5 oz chicken breasts, 18-20 minutes at 425°F
    • For 7 oz chicken breasts, 25 minutes at 425°F
    • For 10.5 oz chicken breasts, 25-30 minutes at 425°F

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1/2 chicken breast (3.5 oz) | Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 48mg | Sugar: 7g