Honey balsamic chicken marinade is a fast and easy way to get tender, flavorful chicken that will taste like it’s been marinating for days.
When I think of easy weeknight meals, marinating chicken is not the first type of recipe that comes to mind. It seems like a long process, and the idea of making your own marinade from scratch is intimidating. That’s why I reluctantly tried this recipe.
J takes grilled chicken to work every day for lunch; he grills up a batch once a week. I’d been marinating his chicken in salad dressing and his favorite was balsamic vinaigrette. Until we ran out of dressing.
I tried this recipe and J said he loved it. I tried it again with my own tweaks and adjustments and he said it’s the best grilled chicken he’s ever had. Seriously. Now, not only do I not have to buy salad dressing to use as marinade, but I also have a mouthwatering recipe that we can use any night of the week.
Here’s what makes this honey balsamic chicken marinade so special: it contains balsamic vinegar, which actually helps to break down the chicken and leave it more tender in a shorter amount of time. In addition, the ingredients hit all the right flavor notes. The honey and ketchup provide a backdrop of sweetness, the vinegar brings the acid, and the paprika and red pepper flakes introduce just the right amount of heat.
We prefer to grill our chicken. The heat of the grill seals in the juicy flavors and carmelizes the outside of the chicken. Don’t worry though, there’s really no wrong way to prepare chicken that’s been bathed in this marinade.
Honey Balsamic Chicken Marinade
adapted from Homemade Hooplah
(I use this marinade for two pounds of chicken; adjust amounts to meet your needs)
2 tbs. balsamic vinegar
2 tbs. ketchup
2 tbs. honey
1 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
1 tbs. olive oil
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Whisk to combine. Place chicken in a gallon-size zip top bag and pour marinade over the top. Marinate for at least an hour, or overnight. Cook chicken whatever way you prefer.
Tayler Morrell says
That sounds so delicious I love balsamic!
Me, too, Taylor! And it’s so perfect with the sweetness!
This sounds all sorts of amazing–can’t wait to try it out!!
Thanks, Farrah! We love it!
Easy Peasy Life Matters says
This sounds to die for!!! Pinned! 🙂
Thank you! I hope you love it 🙂
Angela @ Setting My Intention says
This looks so delicious! I’m definitely adding this to my meal prepping ideas. Thanks Abby!
Thank you, Angela! I think your family would love it 🙂
Oh yum, I could totally go for a plate of these right now! Love this post, especially your food-tography 🙂 Have a great day! xo
Thanks for the compliment, Jess!
April R - Uncookie Cutter says
This marinade sounds delish! And perfect for grilling season! I’d love to have you stop by and link up at our new link party, You Link It, We Make It, where we actually make the features each week! Thanks so much for sharing! http://bit.ly/1LqkYTN
Thanks for the invite! I’m all linked up 🙂 That’s one of the neatest party concepts I’ve ever seen!
April R - Uncookie Cutter says
Also amazing! What a nice combination- honey and balsamic. I’m pinning this to use on the grill (soon, soon)!