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Grilled Chicken Marinade

The Best Grilled Chicken Marinade - chicken marinated in a mixture of balsamic vinegar, mustard, and brown sugar. Sweet and tangy in every bite!
Course dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword grilled chicken marinade
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
marinade time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 6 chicken thighs
Calories 230kcal


  • cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • cup soy sauce reduced sodium
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil 2 tsp if using dried
  • 2 tbsp mustard yellow is fine. If using dijon, use 1 tbsp less
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic (about 3 cloves)
  • 2.5 lbs chicken thighs or breasts


  • Whisk together all marinade ingredients.
  • Make sure chicken is all relatively the same thickness. Pound out with a meat mallet if necessary.
  • Place chicken in a gallon Ziplock bag. Pour the marinade over chicken.
  • Seal bag and marinade 2 hours or in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Grill over medium heat until done, 12 to 15 minutes.


Calories: 230kcal