Chicken Breast Marinade

Three large chicken breasts marinating
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  • Total: 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: Makes 1 Cup (4 to 6 Servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
208 Calories
18g Fat
11g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: Makes 1 Cup (4 to 6 Servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 208
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 446mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 2g
Calcium 54mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Skinless, boneless chicken breasts can dry out quickly on the grill. This chicken breast marinade helps solve this problem by mixing a little vinegar with a good dose of olive oil. This creates a barrier between the chicken and the hot cooking grate so you can keep your chicken tender and moist without it drying out.


  • 1/2 cup/120 mL olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons/45 mL balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons/10 mL white sugar
  • 1 teaspoons/5 mL salt
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 1 teaspoon/5 mL dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon/5 mL dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon/5 mL onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon/1.25 mL black pepper
  • Optional: 1/4 teaspoon/1.25 mL red pepper flakes (use more for more heat)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Add balsamic vinegar to a small bowl, slowly whisk in olive oil. Add salt and sugar and continue whisking until dissolved. Add garlic, oregano, basil, onion powder, black pepper, and red pepper flakes (if using for some heat). Stir to combine. Let mixture stand at room temperature for at least 5 to 10 minutes before using.

  3. Pour into a zip-top bag and add the chicken breasts. Marinate for 30 minutes to 2 hours. This is enough marinade for 4 to 6 chicken breasts.

  4. If making ahead of time, store marinade in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days after initial preparation.