Easy Chicken Marinade Recipe

Will you marinade me?

Whether you prep a night in advance or just before you leave for work in the morning, this is the ultimate easy chicken marinade. Simply break down a whole chicken; throw it in a resealable bag along with Worcestershire sauce, whole-grain mustard, aromatics like smashed garlic, thyme sprigs and lemon wheels; and let it do the work for you.

We call for a whole chicken in this recipe, but feel free to use pre-butchered chicken breast, thighs, etc.

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Recipe from the Tasting Table Test Kitchen

Easy Lemon And Herb Chicken Marinade
4.4 from 51 ratings
This chicken marinade is incredibly easy and gets its flavor from simple ingredients like lemon, thyme, garlic, Worcestershire sauce and whole-grain mustard.
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cups (enough to marinade a 3-to-4-pound chicken)
Total time: 5 minutes
  • One 3-to-4-pound chicken
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 3 thyme sprigs
  • 1 jalapeño, thinly sliced
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  1. On a clean cutting board, break down the chicken into wings, breasts, thighs and drumsticks. Discard the carcass (or reserve for making stock).
  2. Place the chicken pieces in a resealable bag, add the remaining ingredients, seal the bag and coat the chicken thoroughly. Allow the chicken to marinate for 8 to 12 hours.
  3. When you're ready cook the marinated chicken, roast with the accompanying marinating ingredients or discard the marinating components and grill or sear the chicken.
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