Easy Overnight Chicken Marinade

Will you marinade me?
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93% would make again
Easy Overnight Chicken Marinade Recipe
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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

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.

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