12 Flavorful Ways to Marinate Chicken

We tend to eat a lot of chicken. In fact, we eat so much of it that sometimes I get tired of it! Without a little creativity, it just gets old.

Fortunately, there are numerous ways to jazz up chicken so it’s not boring. One of the easiest and most affordable ways to do this is to use marinades. After a few hours soaking in one of these, chicken takes on a whole new excitement!

Here are 12 marinades that I’m considering using on our next menu.

Flavorful chicken marinades

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1. Citrus marinade

2. Easy chicken fajita marinade

3. Garlic ranch marinade

4. Hawaiian marinade

5. Honey sriracha marinade

6. Lemon and garlic marinade

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7. Lime cilantro marinade

8. Mango teriyaki marinade

9. Peanut ginger marinade

10. Raspberry marinade

11. Smokey and spicy yogurt marinade

12. Sweet balsamic marinade

These sound great! Keep in mind that though most of these images feature grilled chicken, you don’t have to grill marinated chicken. You can bake it, stir fry it, etc.

Do you like marinated chicken? What’s your favorite marinade?

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  1. This looks great, pinned for future reference. Visiting from Coffe & Conversation.

  2. Shannon, this post is such perfect timing-I had a couple gaps in our meal plan, and I’m going grocery shopping later today. So, I think I’ll give cilantro marinated chicken a whirl this weekend! 🙂 These are all super ideas! I think a lot of times, I get relatively close-minded when it comes to chicken. I’ll make it into nuggets, marinade it in teriyaki sauce, or put it in a white sauce-not that any of these are bad, but they can get old. Marinades are great, too, since you can just throw it in the fridge for hours and then cook it up right before dinner!

  3. This is a great list of options for a go-to supper. Thanks for sharing it at the Healthy Living Link Party.
    Blessings, Leigh

  4. Shannon,
    LOVED this post! Can’t wait to try out the lime cilantro marinade. I try to buy chicken in bulk when it’s on sale, but my family gets a little tired of it sometimes… These are perfect 🙂
    Appreciate you sharing this on Coffee & Conversation; love seeing your posts over there!!
    Have a great week!!!

    • Hi Pat,
      We buy it in bulk, too, hence the need for variation! I hope you enjoy some of these.
      Thanks for hosting!

    • Pat, the lime cilantro marinade is really good! My husband and I tried it out this weekend in a green lettuce salad, and I just ate the leftovers for lunch today. Very sprintimey, pretty looking, and flavorful 🙂 Shannon, thanks again for this list!

  5. I’m so ready for grilling season this will come in handy. Looks so yummy!
    Thanks for joining the Inspiration Spotlight party. Pinned & shared. Hope to see you again soon.

    • Shannon says:

      Hi Theresa,
      Yes, I will definitely be referring to it once summer rolls around. Thanks for stopping by!

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