Published on July 14, 2023
Unsure of what to make for dinner tonight? These marinated chicken recipes rule the roost. Flavor-boosters like herbs, spices, and hot sauce meet moisture-infusing elements such as yogurt and buttermilk in these too-tasty-to-miss marinated chicken recipes. Many are copycat recipes of the best restaurant chicken dishes!
Smoky Paprika Garlic Chicken
If you’re convinced that chicken breast is always bland and boring, this marinated chicken recipe might just inspire you to revise that reputation. Fresh mint, garlic, lemon juice, and paprika team up to add a flavor punch to each ounce of this lean protein option. Olive oil lends moisture—and keeps the chicken from sticking to the grill grates.
Inspired by our go-to order from our local Indian restaurant, our Test Kitchen pros found that there are three secrets to acing this copycat recipe. First, start with chicken thighs, which naturally have a bit more flavor and fat than chicken breasts. Then, use yogurt and some warm spices to tenderize, add juiciness, and amp up the flavor even more. And lastly, lean into tomato paste, a splash of cream, ginger, and garam masala to make what one BHG fan declares is “one of the best sauces that I’ve ever made!” Another adds, “This was the easiest and most delicious chicken recipe I have enjoyed in a very long time. Warm but not too spicy to enjoy. Worth the effort.”
Pesto Chicken and Radicchio Skewers
It’s tough to believe this fresh, summery, and restaurant-quality marinated chicken recipe calls for just 5 ingredients. The key for the easiest-ever marinade? Store-bought or homemade pesto. Combine that herbaceous sauce with an equal amount of tangy, tenderizing fresh lemon juice and a drizzle of olive oil. After 4 to 8 hours of marination time followed by a quick trip to the grill (alongside radicchio wedges, which check the veggie box for this meal), you can upgrade boneless chicken breasts or thighs to scene-stealing territory.
Korean Fried Chicken
The crunchy coating and sauce play a starring role to make this fried chicken stand out from its culinary competition. But the magic really begins with a subtle yet vital step: a marinade. One hour in a combo of sweet rice wine (aka mirin), fresh ginger, and garlic makes all the difference to help the chicken itself pack enough flavor to stand up to the pleasantly-powerful gochujang-based sauce. “This was so yummy and tender and crispy! It was finger-licking good,” raves one five-star reviewer.
Chicken in Avocado-Buttermilk Marinade
Buttermilk isn’t just for pancake batter or ranch dressing. Since it’s naturally acidic, buttermilk helps tenderize chicken. But that’s not the only ingredient in the stand-out chicken marinade; avocado, lime juice and zest, jalapeño, and cumin blitz up beautifully in the blender to create a smooth, Tex Mex-style sauce. Since the marinated chicken recipe (prior to cooking, of course), is designed to be prepped ahead and frozen for up to 4 months, we often assemble batches of this recipe when we have avocados that are inching ever closer to overripe territory. These freezer meal kits are supper saviors during busy weeks!
Turmeric-Ginger Marinated Chicken
Plain Greek yogurt plays a similar role to the aforementioned buttermilk in this marinated chicken recipe that one fan deems “a must-save recipe.” After 2 to 24 hours of marination time, fresh turmeric, ginger, lime, garlic, and coriander (the dried seed of cilantro) scent every bite of this easy chicken dinner idea. We suggest pairing the tender, nicely-spicy grilled chicken over basmati rice. Then top with fresh cilantro to echo the coriander notes.
Nashville Hot Chicken
This spicy chicken recipe lives up to its billing as having a “boldly crisp outside and lusciously tender inside.” While much more subtle than the spice-infused oil dunk and the crunchy battered exterior, the meat itself is certainly a star, too. Hot sauce, sugar, and buttermilk team up in the Tennessee-style brine that helps the protein hold its own.
Mix ‘N’ Match Chicken Wings
Speaking of spice, these chicken wings certainly bring the heat. Any marinated chicken recipe that starts with a mix of fiery hot sauce and tenderizing buttermilk is off to a great start. From there, you can choose your own adventure with our options for spice rubs, sauces, and dips. Whether you’re ready for an episode of Hot Ones or prefer to walk on the mild side, you can tweak this wing recipe accordingly.
Chicken MarbellaChicken Marbella is a classic dish that originated from The Silver Palate Cookbook. It’s a flavorful and tangy chicken dish that combines Mediterranean flavors with sweet and savory elements. Here’s a recipe for Chicken Marbella:
Ingredients:- 4 chicken breasts, bone-in and skin-on- 4 chicken thighs, bone-in and skin-on- 1/2 cup pitted prunes- 1/2 cup pitted green olives- 1/2 cup capers, drained- 4 cloves garlic, minced- 2 tablespoons dried oregano- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar- 1/4 cup olive oil- 1/2 cup brown sugar- 1/2 cup white wine- Salt and pepper to taste- Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)
Oil Free Recipe By ijaz Ansari | Quick And Easy Recipe | Egg Recipes |
Instructions:1. In a large bowl, combine the minced garlic, dried oregano, red wine vinegar, olive oil, brown sugar, white wine, salt, and pepper. Mix well to make the marinade.2. Place the chicken breasts and thighs in a large resealable plastic bag or a shallow dish. Pour the marinade over the chicken, making sure it’s evenly coated. Seal the bag or cover the dish and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight to marinate.3. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).4. In a baking dish, arrange the marinated chicken pieces in a single layer.5. Add the pitted prunes, green olives, and capers to the baking dish, distributing them evenly around the chicken.6. Pour the marinade over the chicken and other ingredients in the baking dish.7. Bake the chicken in the preheated oven for about 45-50 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the skin is golden brown and crispy.8. Remove the chicken from the oven and let it rest for a few minutes.9. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley before serving.10. Serve the Chicken Marbella with the flavorful pan juices and accompaniments of your choice, such as rice, couscous, or roasted vegetables.
Enjoy this delicious and flavorful Chicken Marbella dish!