Balsamic Grilled Chicken Marinade

Bored of plain, flavorless grilled chicken? 😞 Are you tired of using that same old bottle of Italian Dressing to marinate your chicken every…single…time? Yeah, I’ve been there. Trust me, it’s time for something new! If you love flavorful juicy grilled chicken, then you must give this balsamic chicken marinade recipe a try! It’s easy and delicious!

Are you looking for grilled chicken boasting with flavor that requires minimal effort? Now that’s what I’m talking about! 😁 Keeping a well-stocked pantry and chicken always in the freezer makes this a simple recipe easy to enjoy any time you want!

For the full instructions and ingredient measurements, jump down to the full recipe by pushing the button above. Keep scrolling for step-by-step pictures and video instructions.

Recipe and Instructions

Save time and mess by mixing your ingredients right in the bag! I used to mix together the marinade in a bowl then transfer to the baggie with the chicken. However, I have found that to be wasted time and effort. Simply fold the bag over a bowl for no-spills guaranteed.

I used a gallon-sized plastic bag placed inside a large quart measuring glass. In the video, I placed the bag inside of a 2-quart glass measuring bowl. Either one, or any large bowl will work just fine.

Add everything (except the chicken and parsley)! Don’t worry too much about mixing. You will do that after adding the chicken.

Put the chicken in the bag and gently rub to mix the marinade and fully coat the chicken.

Let the chicken marinate in the fridge for at least 2 hours for the best flavor.

Due to living in an apartment building, I tend to use an electric indoor grill most often and it works so well! I absolutely love my George Foreman (pictured)!! Of course, you can use any type of grill that you like or have.

When grilling, it is usually best to flip the chicken only once. However, I sometimes do flip it and move it around in my Foreman multiple times to ensure even grill marks all over all of the chicken. It should take about 5-7 minutes on each side to cook throughout. However, cooking time greatly depends on the thickness of your chicken. Thinner pieces may only require 3 or 4 minutes on each side. (p.s. I like to still flip my chicken, even on a George Foreman grill which cooks from both top and bottom. However, that is just personal preference.)

After the chicken is fully cooked, sprinkle the parsley on top. Dried or fresh both taste great! While I prefer fresh parsley, I often use dried parsley from the pantry when I am feeling lazy. 😬 Parsley can brighten any dish with both color and flavor.

Food Safety

Be sure to always check that your chicken is properly cooked. The best way is by using a thermometer to check the internal temperature. Chicken should reach a temperature of 165 degrees F. Don’t have a meat thermometer? Get one here! Knowing that your food has been cooked to a safe temperature is well worth the small cost!

I paired my balsamic grilled chicken with edamame pasta coated in herbs and butter (pictured above). So so good! This chicken also tastes great with rice, potatoes, or just about any veggies. Enjoy it sliced on top of a chopped salad with a balsamic vinaigrette! Let me know how you enjoyed your balsamic grilled chicken. I would love to hear from you in the comments section below.

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5 from 1 vote

Balsamic Grilled Chicken Marinade

An easy marinade with pantry staples that will give you flavorful, tender grilled chicken every time!
Course: Main Course
Keyword: chicken, marinade


  • 1/3 cup Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 3 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • Β½ tsp Onion Powder
  • Β½ tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Thyme dried
  • Β½ tsp Kosher Salt
  • Β½ tsp Black Pepper freshly ground
  • 2-3 lbs. Chicken Breasts
  • Parsley for garnish


  • In a large container, or large plastic zipper storage bag, combine the oil, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, onion and garlic powder, brown sugar, thyme, and salt and pepper.
  • Place the chicken in the bag and seal tightly. Rub gently to mix around and coat the chicken in the marinade.
  • Place in the refrigerator and allow chicken to marinate for at least 2 hours, or longer if you wish. Turn the bag and gently rub to redistribute the marinade once or twice.
  • Preheat grill. You may choose to brush grill with oil to prevent sticking if you wish.
  • Spoon some of the remaining marinade over the chicken. Cook chicken until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F, about 5-7 minutes on each side. Cook time will depend on thickness of chicken.
  • Sprinkle chicken with dried or fresh chopped parsley.


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  1. 5 stars
    This looks mouth watering! I can’t wait to try it!

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