4 Quick & Easy Chicken Marinades

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Mediterranean Chicken sliced on plate with a tomato and feta pasta. This Mediterranean Marinade is only a few ingredients, can be made ahead, and is delicious!

It’s Back to School, Back to Fall, Back to the Grind TIME!  That means life may be gettin’ a little crazy and you need easy go-to dinners!   Well, I got you!  Here I have 4 Fantastic Make-Ahead, Quick & Easy Chicken Marinades guaranteed to make dinners easier! Jump to Recipe

One of the easiest ways to get ahead on meals for the week AND save some money, is to buy in bulk and then divide up for several different meals. BUT…it’s boring if you divide up into the same exact 4 meals.

So, today, I have 4 super easy Prep-Ahead Chicken Marinades that will completely transform the bulk chicken into 4 unique and delicious dinners.

Here are 4 Delicious Make-Ahead Quick & Easy Chicken Marinades that you can make now and enjoy later!

 

Get ready to make Dinner Easier with these Chicken Marinades!

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1.  Hungarian Paprika Chicken

Hungarian Paprika Chicken sliced on plate with Paprika Aioli drizzled on top and fork dipping a bite. The paprika gives beautiful color and a deep, peppery flavor. #chicken #easychicken #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner

First up in Chicken Marinades is my  Hungarian Paprika Chicken Marinade recipe that I published back in May.  This recipe is a quick way to get those delicious goulash flavors into a weeknight dinner!  The Hungarian Paprika gives beautiful color and a deep, peppery flavor. This recipe only has 5 ingredients, which means it’s so simple!  Drizzle with or dip in the easiest Paprika Aioli for a creamy, irresistible finish!  Prepare days or months (in the freezer) ahead!  On this side, my Veggie Quinoa Salad with Cream Lemon Vinaigrette would be a terrific pairing!  

Not only is this one yummy and easy, but Paprika is a great source of antioxidants and can help eye health. If you go for the hot paprika, then the capsaicin that gives the heat also has anti-inflammatory benefits.

Full recipe is down below, but the gist is this…put all the ingredients into a storage bag/container and then marinade for 1 hour up to overnight.  Cook in a skillet or roast in the oven, make aioli, and enjoy!

Hungarian Paprika Chicken raw marinating in a bag. The paprika gives beautiful color and a deep, peppery flavor. #chicken #easychicken #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner

Hungarian Paprika Chicken raw cooking in a skillet. The paprika gives beautiful color and a deep, peppery flavor. #chicken #easychicken #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner

Mixing paprika and garlic into mayonnaise for the Aioli for Hungarian Paprika Chicken. The paprika gives beautiful color and a deep, peppery flavor. #chicken #easychicken #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner

Squeezing Paprika Aioli from a baggie to a silver cup next to Hungarian Paprika Chicken. The paprika gives beautiful color and a deep, peppery flavor. #chicken #easychicken #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner

 

2.  Mediterranean Chicken Marinade

Fork with bite of Mediterranean Chicken sliced on plate with a tomato and feta pasta. This Mediterranean Marinade is only a few ingredients, can be made ahead, and is delicious!

Mediterranean Chicken Marinades are so versatile and can go with so many different side dish options.  You only need a few ingredients here, fresh garlic, tons of herby dried Oregano, olive oil, salt, and pepper.  It’s simple, but full of flavor! 

Scroll down for the full recipe, but again, just put all ingredients into a storage container and let marinade for 1 hour up to overnight.  Then cook in a skillet or roast in the oven, serve with a simple pasta and enjoy!  My favorite sides to go with this are my Grilled Halloumi & Tomato Salad which takes it in a Greek direction.  Or, try my amazing Walnut & Ricotta Pasta with Spinach which takes you to Italy.  Or, go red with this easy Tomato Cream Sauce Pasta

Mediterranean Chicken marinating in a storage bag. This Mediterranean Marinade is only a few ingredients, can be made ahead, and is delicious!

Mediterranean Chicken Cooking in a skillet. This Mediterranean Marinade is only a few ingredients, can be made ahead, and is delicious!

Mediterranean Chicken sliced on plate with a tomato and feta pasta. This Mediterranean Marinade is only a few ingredients, can be made ahead, and is delicious!

 

 3. Sesame Sweet Chili Marinade

Bite of Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken on a fork over more sliced on a plate with rice. It is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat. You can prepare it days ahead, it takes just minutes to prepare, minutes to cook, and everyone will love it!! #chicken #marinades #easydinner #easychicken #chickenrecipes #easysauces #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

This EASY Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken is quick to make and mouth wateringly yummy! The fantastic marinade and sauce is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat. It will please any ‘chicken-is-boring’ naysayers and kids love it for the sweet and salty sauce. Win Win in my house!

There is so much flavor in this marinade that you can pair it with a simple white rice and stir fried veggies and call it a night!  Or pair it with something cooling, my Sesame Asian Slaw!

Once again, it’s a simple 2-step process of tossing the easy few ingredients into a storage container with the chicken and marinating it for 1 hour up to overnight.  Then for this one, I recommend searing and cooking in a skillet vs. roasting in the oven.  That way, you can add a bit of water at the end to pick up all of those delectable sweet and savory bits and create a delicious sauce to pour over top of the sliced chicken. 

Keep on scrollin’ down for the full recipe!

Raw Chicken Marinating in a storage bag propped up in a bowl for Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken recipe. It is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat. You can prepare it days ahead, it takes just minutes to prepare, minutes to cook, and everyone will love it!! #chicken #marinades #easydinner #easychicken #chickenrecipes #easysauces #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Raw Chicken getting seared in skillet for Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken recipe. It is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat. You can prepare it days ahead, it takes just minutes to prepare, minutes to cook, and everyone will love it!! #chicken #marinades #easydinner #easychicken #chickenrecipes #easysauces #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Cooked Chicken in skillet for Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken recipe. It is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat. You can prepare it days ahead, it takes just minutes to prepare, minutes to cook, and everyone will love it!! #chicken #marinades #easydinner #easychicken #chickenrecipes #easysauces #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken cooked and sliced on a plate with rice and cilantro. It is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat. You can prepare it days ahead, it takes just minutes to prepare, minutes to cook, and everyone will love it!! #chicken #marinades #easydinner #easychicken #chickenrecipes #easysauces #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

 

4.  Mexican Spice Chicken Marinade

Our last stop on the Chicken Marinades Tour is Mexican Chicken Marinade.  The chicken in this recipe is infused with so much smokey, savory flavors from the fresh garlic, chili powder, and cumin.  

As with the four previous marinades, the chicken plus the few other ingredients all go into the storage bag or container.  Then let them marinate for 1 hour up to overnight!  Then cook in the skillet, serve with rice or my super easy make-ahead Cilantro Lime Quinoa!  Or serve added to a Black Bean Taco Bowl!

Hand taking marinated Mexican Chicken out of bag to cook in skillet. This marinade is an easy, make-ahead, and delicious recipe! The chicken is infused with so much smokey, savory flavors from the fresh garlic, chili powder, and cumin.  #marinade #chicken #easydinners

Marinated Mexican Chicken cooking in skillet. This marinade is an easy, make-ahead, and delicious recipe! The chicken is infused with so much smokey, savory flavors from the fresh garlic, chili powder, and cumin.  #marinade #chicken #easydinners

Marinated Mexican Chicken cooking in skillet with lid on. This marinade is an easy, make-ahead, and delicious recipe! The chicken is infused with so much smokey, savory flavors from the fresh garlic, chili powder, and cumin.  #marinade #chicken #easydinners

Marinated Mexican Chicken cooking in skillet. This marinade is an easy, make-ahead, and delicious recipe! The chicken is infused with so much smokey, savory flavors from the fresh garlic, chili powder, and cumin.  #marinade #chicken #easydinners

Almost there, scroll a little more and these 4 recipes are your for the printing!

I hope you love these easy Chicken Marinades as much as I do!  Please also send me YOUR easy make-ahead marinade ideas!

😍 Carrie

4 Easy Meal Prep Chicken Marinades

Back to School means life may be gettin’ a little crazy, so you need easy go-to dinners! Well, I got you! Here are 4 Fantastic Make-Ahead, Quick & Easy Chicken Marinades guaranteed to make dinners easier! Hungarian Paprika Chicken ~ Mediterranean Chicken ~ Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken ~ Mexican Spice Chicken #marinades #chicken #chickendinners #easydinners #dinners #familydinners #busymom

Course Main Course
Keyword chicken, chicken dinner, dinner, easy dinner, marinade
Prep Time 15 minutes
Marinating Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 16 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 64 oz Chicken, Boneless & Skinless Eight 8 oz Chicken Breasts

Hungarian Paprika Marinade

  • 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tbps Water
  • 1 tsp Hungarian Paprika You can use Hot, Sweet, or Regular
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced

Mediterranean Marinade

  • 1 Tbls Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper

Asian Sweet Sesame Marinade

  • 1 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 3 Tbsp Sweet Chili Sauce
  • 1 tsp Sesame Oil
  • 1 clove Garlic, Minced
  • 1 tsp Sesame Seeds

Mexican Marinade

  • 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp Salt

Instructions

Prep-Ahead

  1. Open your bulk package of chicken breasts. Make sure that you have 8 breasts about equal in size, 2 for each marinade.

  2. Since every recipe has fresh minced garlic, you can mince all 5 cloves in advance. Note, each clove is approximately 1 tsp, so when dividing it up again, you can use a tsp measure, with the Hungarian Paprika recipe getting 2 tsp and the others getting 1 tsp.

Hungarian Paprika Chicken Marinade

  1. In a storage bag or storage container, add the olive oil, water, paprika, minced garlic, and salt. Mix together, then add the raw chicken breasts. You can marinade the chicken in the sauce for 1 hour up to 8 hours. You can also freeze the chicken in marinade at this point and use it up to 4 months later!

    Hungarian Paprika Chicken raw marinating in a bag. The paprika gives beautiful color and a deep, peppery flavor. #chicken #easychicken #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner
  2. Preheat a skillet on high, add a tsp of Olive Oil and spread around. Remove the marinated chicken breasts from the marinade using tongs, saving the marinade to cook. Add the chicken breasts to the hot skillet. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the the chicken starts to sear.

    Hungarian Paprika Chicken cooking in a skillet. The paprika gives beautiful color and a deep, peppery flavor. #chicken #easychicken #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner
  3. Add 1/4 cup water and the remaining marinade then bring to a simmer. Add back the chicken and juices and then cover the skillet and cook for 8-10 minutes until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 F degrees or the chicken feels firm with a little give.  

  4. Uncover, turn off the heat and move the skillet off the hot burner. Let rest for a few minutes. Then remove the chicken and slice it on a bias in 3/4 inch slices. This should give you about 5-6 slices.  Spoon the sauce from the skillet on top.

    Hungarian Paprika Chicken sliced on plate. The paprika gives beautiful color and a deep, peppery flavor. #chicken #easychicken #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner

Mediterranean Chicken Marinade

  1. In a storage bag or storage container, add the olive oil, minced garlic, oregano, salt and pepper. Mix together, then add the raw chicken breasts. You can marinade the chicken in the sauce for 1 hour up to 8 hours. You can also freeze the chicken in marinade at this point and use it up to 4 months later!

    Mediterranean Chicken marinating in a storage bag. This Mediterranean Marinade is only a few ingredients, can be made ahead, and is delicious!
  2. Preheat a skillet on high, add a tsp of Olive Oil and spread around. Remove the marinated chicken breasts and add to the hot skillet. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the the chicken starts to sear. Cover the skillet and cook for 8-10 minutes until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 F degrees or the chicken feels firm with a little give.  

    Mediterranean Chicken Cooking in a skillet. This Mediterranean Marinade is only a few ingredients, can be made ahead, and is delicious!
  3. Uncover, turn off the heat and move the skillet off the hot burner. Let rest for a few minutes. Then remove the chicken and slice it on a bias in 3/4 inch slices. This should give you about 5-6 slices.  

    Mediterranean Chicken sliced on plate with a tomato and feta pasta. This Mediterranean Marinade is only a few ingredients, can be made ahead, and is delicious!

Asian Sweet Sesame Chicken Marinade

  1. In a storage bag or storage container, add soy sauce, chili sauce, sesame oil, garlic, and sesame seeds. Mix together, then add the raw chicken breasts. You can marinade the chicken in the sauce for 1 hour up to 8 hours. You can also freeze the chicken in marinade at this point and use it up to 4 months later!

    Raw Chicken Marinating in a storage bag propped up in a bowl for Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken recipe. It is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat. You can prepare it days ahead, it takes just minutes to prepare, minutes to cook, and everyone will love it!! #chicken #marinades #easydinner #easychicken #chickenrecipes #easysauces #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes
  2. Add the chicken to a preheated skillet, leaving as much of the marinade behind as possible.  You will add the marinade later to cook down into a sauce.

    Raw Chicken getting seared in skillet for Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken recipe. It is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat. You can prepare it days ahead, it takes just minutes to prepare, minutes to cook, and everyone will love it!! #chicken #marinades #easydinner #easychicken #chickenrecipes #easysauces #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes
  3. Cook the chicken for 5 minutes on one side to both sear and start cooking.  Then flip the chicken over and cook for another 3 minutes, just until seared.  Remove the chicken to a plate.

    Chicken cooking with char in skillet for Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken recipe. It is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat. You can prepare it days ahead, it takes just minutes to prepare, minutes to cook, and everyone will love it!! #chicken #marinades #easydinner #easychicken #chickenrecipes #easysauces #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes
  4. Add the remaining marinade then bring to a simmer. Add back the chicken and juices and then cover the skillet and cook for 8-10 minutes until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 F degrees or the chicken feels firm with a little give.  

    Cooked Chicken in skillet for Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken recipe. It is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat. You can prepare it days ahead, it takes just minutes to prepare, minutes to cook, and everyone will love it!! #chicken #marinades #easydinner #easychicken #chickenrecipes #easysauces #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes
  5. Uncover, turn off the heat and move the skillet off the hot burner. Let rest for a few minutes. Then remove the chicken and slice it on a bias in 3/4 inch slices. This should give you about 5-6 slices.

    Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken cooked and sliced on a plate with rice and cilantro. It is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat. You can prepare it days ahead, it takes just minutes to prepare, minutes to cook, and everyone will love it!! #chicken #marinades #easydinner #easychicken #chickenrecipes #easysauces #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Mexican Chicken Marinade

  1. In a storage bag or storage container, add olive oil, garlic, chili powder, cumin, and salt. Mix together, then add the raw chicken breasts. You can marinade the chicken in the sauce for 1 hour up to 8 hours. You can also freeze the chicken in marinade at this point and use it up to 4 months later!

    Hand taking marinated Mexican Chicken out of bag to cook in skillet. This marinade is an easy, make-ahead, and delicious recipe! The chicken is infused with so much smokey, savory flavors from the fresh garlic, chili powder, and cumin.  #marinade #chicken #easydinners
  2. Preheat a skillet on high, add a tsp of Olive Oil and spread around. Remove the marinated chicken breasts and add to the hot skillet. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the the chicken starts to sear. Cover the skillet and cook for 8-10 minutes until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 F degrees or the chicken feels firm with a little give.  

    Marinated Mexican Chicken cooking in skillet. This marinade is an easy, make-ahead, and delicious recipe! The chicken is infused with so much smokey, savory flavors from the fresh garlic, chili powder, and cumin.  #marinade #chicken #easydinners
  3. Uncover, turn off the heat and move the skillet off the hot burner. Let rest for a few minutes. Then remove the chicken and slice it on a bias in 3/4 inch slices. This should give you about 5-6 slices.

 

 

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