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.
Easy Lemon and Herb Chicken Marinade
Recipe from the Tasting Table Test Kitchen
Yield: 2 cups (enough to marinade a 3-to-4-pound chicken)
Prep Time: 5 minutes, plus marinating time
Cook Time: N/A
Total Time: 5 minutes, plus marinating time
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.