Want the juiciest chicken recipe ever?? Then you’ve got to make this 3 ingredient chicken marinade. It’s the most simple combination of garlic and herbs, a hint of buttery-melt-in-your-mouth flavor and then that pop of the champagne vinegar. Which is a must if you haven’t ever tried using different vinegars.
Last summer we were crazy busy trying to move and I needed some fast and easy dinner recipes. On a whim I bought a bottle of Champagne vinegar and whipped up a lazy, 3 ingredient chicken marinade that ended up being the best chicken marinade EVER. In fact, I even caught a short little video of the process so scroll down and check out a blast from the past in our old house.
(PS, fun fact! Did you know we write our blog posts an entire year out? So right now it’s September 2022, and I’m sitting at the counter of the rental house we finally found after the most insane summer. Did you follow that story? Talk about stressful chaos! I wonder, by the time this recipe goes live, will we have found our future home and be getting ready to settle in? I can’t wait to see where life takes us so leave a comment if you want an update!
Chicken Marinade Ingredients
You can’t get any more simple than just 3 ingredients for the most delicious chicken marinade! This is all you will need:
- Olive Oil – the base of the marinade and helps the chicken stay moist and juicy
- Champagne Vinegar – this can be hard to find sometimes, but it really is the best flavor for this marinade
- Kinder’s Buttery Steakhouse Seasoning – we buy ours at Costco, but I’ve seen it at Walmart and Smith’s, and of course there is always Amazon
The measurement for each ingredient can be found in the recipe card at the end of this post.
How to Make a Grilled Chicken Marinade?
I like to throw all three of the ingredients into a shallow baking dish and to whisk it all together. Then place the chicken breasts into the marinade and give them a flip to coat both sides. Then let it marinade in the fridge.
You can also use a ziploc bag to marinate the chicken. Just whisk all the ingredients together in a glass measuring cup and pour the marinade over the chicken in the bag and let it sit in the fridge until you’re ready to grill.
Can Other Types of Vinegar Be Used?
The best substitute for champagne vinegar is Asian rice vinegar. White wine vinegar or sherry vinegar are also good substitutes.
Red wine or apple cider vinegar are ok substitutes but they are less sweet and pack bolder tangy vinegar flavor.
Can Other Cuts of Chicken Be Used?
You can absolutely use this marinade on chicken thighs, wings, or drumsticks.
How Long to Marinate Chicken
Marinating chicken for even just 15 minutes can add so much flavor to chicken. I have found the sweet spot for this marinade is from 2-6 hours. For the best f