I know people can get so sick of chicken but honestly, I never do. I find it to be so versatile and easy to make yummy when done right. Which is why you can never have enough easy chicken marinades. I love having multiple ways to serve up my staple proteins like chicken tenderloin, pork tenderloin, and even grilled flank steak!

Honey Chipotle Chicken Marinade

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This quick and easy honey chipotle chicken marinade requires a simple chicken prep, whisking up the marinade, grilling, and done! It’s easy enough for a busy weeknight, but delicious enough to prepare for a special meal. And chicken tenderloins in this marinade pair well with so many of my favorite sides like Mexican spaghetti squash boats, fresh and healthy taco salad, and cauliflower rice bowls.  

Green Goddess Grilled Chicken

green goddess chicken marinade

As long as you’ve got non-fat Greek yogurt, a large shallot, and a cabinet full of spices, you likely have everything you need to whip up this Green Goddess chicken marinade. For this recipe, I do recommend using fresh herbs, which is what the recipe calls for, but you can use dried in a pinch. You’ll want to let the tenderloins or breasts sit for at least 30-60 minutes before grilling, but if you can prep it the night before and let it sit in the marinade longer, that’s even better! This Green Goddess chicken marinade is so simple and delicious, and of course macro friendly.

Apple Cider Dijon Chicken Bulk Marinade 

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My family loves this apple cider dijon chicken marinade because it’s so simple. It’s always been an eyeballing, throw-it-in-a-bag kind of thing. But this marinaded grilled chicken is also one of the foods we eat the MOST of…throw it into everything and anything… like this yummy panini, salads like my favorite Thai, watermelon, Waldorf, BLT salad flatbreads, pizzas, crunch wraps. It’s really that good. It’s why I’ve never been tempted to change up the marinade. 

BBQ Soy Ginger Chicken Thigh Marinade

BBQ soy ginger chicken 
excellent for chicken tenderloin recipes

We cook so many breasts and tenderloins over here. But THIGHS. You guys. Where have I been? It is one of those cuts of meat that is foolproof. So juicy and hard to mess up. This BBQ soy ginger marinade was created for juicy chicken thighs. In our house, we love it in an Asian-style salad or rice bowl. Or you could add the chicken to the Asian Edamame Salad, Asian Chopped Salad, or Asian Slaw. Just build a big bowl of greens, add BBQ Soy Ginger Chicken Thighs and all the fixings.  You could also hollow out your favorite ciabatta roll and make a tasty chicken sandwich. There are just so many great ways to enjoy them!

Herby Mediterranean Marinated Chicken

herby Mediterranean chicken tenderloin recipe

Another quick and easy must-have marinade is this herby Mediterranean chicken marinade. I make a ton of chicken tenderloins marinated in herby goodness and build meals all week! They are the perfect addition to so many of my salad recipes, especially the veggie rainbow bowl, berry and goat cheese salad, and farro arugula salad with lemon and herbs

Balsamic Herb Chicken Marinade

balsamic herb chicken tenderloins

It’s always good to have an easy recipe on hand for those times you want to make a big batch of protein, or for when you have a crowd to feed and don’t want to spend a ton of time in the kitchen. Either way, this balsamic herb grilled chicken marinade recipe is going to become your new favorite. This balsamic herb grilled chicken serves 14 people which makes it perfect for your next get-together or bbq. Serve it with one of my summer salads on the side. You won’t regret it.

Cilantro Lime Marinated Chicken

cilantro lime chicken tenderloins

This cilantro lime chicken marinade is a simple recipe that is really quick to put together. Plus, it has the perfect balance of smoky and spicy. If you’re good at planning ahead, yay! You’ll have time to marinate for longer. But if you don’t, even 30 minutes will be great. And if you know me, I’m no planner so you can bet ours is usually hanging out on the counter for 30. Ha. 

Lemon Basil Honey Chicken Marinade

lemon basil honey chicken tenderloins

Obviously, you can’t really go wrong. Lemon. Basil. Honey. Yep– certainly. Oh, and I didn’t even mention — but perhaps above all, GARLIC! This lemon basil honey chicken marinade has a classic flavor that goes well with just about everything. It’s perfect for any sandwich, wrap, salad, rice bowl… anything! We like to grill a bunch for Sunday dinner and use the leftovers throughout the week for meals to make life easier. 

Moroccan Chicken Marinade

Moroccan chicken tenderloins

If you are looking for a marinade that has little to no oil, try out this Moroccan chicken marinade. It’s as easy as any marinade, just stir your ingredients together and go. The flavors pair really nicely with salads or tucked into a wrap or pita. You can also serve it over rice or cauliflower rice with some grilled veggies. It’s easy. Friends with everyone.

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Greek Marinated Chicken

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Another must-have for our family is this Greek chicken marinade. It’s easy! Nothing fancy. Whisk up your marinade and throw it on your chopped chicken tenderloin in this fancy ziplock bag. Squish it around and let it get all garlicky and herby and lemony and Greek-y. We like putting our Greek chicken on skewers and sending it to the grill. The perfect way to finish off your chicken is with a little bit of fresh lemon juice! YUM!

Easy Chicken Marinades

I don’t know if we just consume way more protein than the average family. But we can NEVER have enough grilled chicken hanging out in our fridge. This is why I LOVE having multiple easy chicken marinades to choose from. If you love grilled proteins like us or are looking for more marco-friendly meal ideas, you should check out my cookbooks and hang out with me on Instagram and TikTok. I love sharing recipes and ideas to make healthy eating as delicious as possible. 
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