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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 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.