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Marinated Chicken

The easiest way to marinate chicken. Amazing flavors, little effort!
Course Main Course, Meat
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Christina Lakey


  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 3/4 cup to 1 vinaigrette of your choice - enough to cover all of the meat I like sun-dried tomato, balsamic, or sesame ginger


  1. Prepare your chicken breasts by pounding and/or poking holes generously in each piece with a fork (this helps it absorb the marinade faster).
  2. Place your chicken breasts in a large plastic bag or container.
  3. Add vinaigrette to chicken.
  4. Seal bag or container.
  5. Place in refrigerator.
  6. Let marinate for about 2 hours (or can go as little as 30 minutes or up to 2 days in the refrigerator, according to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service.).
  7. Heat your grill or pan.
  8. When fully heated, place the chicken on the grill or pan and cook for about 4 minutes per side, or until cooked through (less if you have pounded it flatter).
  9. Alternatively, you can cook your chicken in the oven at 375 for about 15 minutes, or until cooked through (will vary depending on the thickness of your chicken breast).

Recipe Notes

Quick Tips:

Always marinate in the refrigerator, not room temperature.

Try to plan ahead and throw the marinated meat in the fridge the night before or morning before you head out for the day. The flavor will be better.

Plastic bags are best for marinating as they allow you to evenly distribute the marinade.

Throw out the leftover marinade - do not reuse!