20 Marinated Chicken Recipes That Put Your Fridge to Work

Marinading adds so much flavor with minimal effort. These marinated chicken recipes are some of our favorites.

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Grilled Huli Huli Chicken

Looking for a marinated chicken recipe that’s juicy and flavorful? Let a sweet and savory overnight marinade with brown sugar, ginger and soy sauce do all the work.

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Grilled Glazed Drummies

These chicken wings are more mild than traditional hot wings, but still bring layers of flavor with a sweet and sour ginger, honey and soy sauce blend. Give yourself at least four hours for the drumettes to marinate. If you enjoyed this recipe, then you must try sweet and sour chicken.
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Roasted Honey Mustard Chicken

You can’t go wrong with honey mustard. This roasted chicken only needs to marinate for three hours. Toss any leftovers into what’ll easily become your new favorite chicken salad.
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Sticky Chicken Wings

Sweet and sticky chicken wings are always a crowd-pleaser. The brown sugar marinade makes every bite worth the stack of napkins you’ll need to get through them!
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Sheet-Pan Lemon Garlic Chicken

This sheet-pan chicken with roasted potatoes and a bright pop of lemon is so easy to make. No need to plan too far ahead: You only need to marinate the chicken for 30 minutes.
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Sheet-Pan Tandoori Chicken

This sheet-pan marinated chicken recipe is easy to put together but tastes like a special occasion dinner. The chicken marinates all day in an aromatic blend of spices and yogurt. You can adjust the amount of red pepper flakes to make it milder or hotter.
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Tropical Island Chicken

This overnight marinated chicken is perfect for summer. The ginger, garlic and soy sauce aroma alone will have you drooling! Sesame seeds add a satisfying texture.
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Grilled Basil Chicken and Tomatoes

Tomato and basil is a classic combination for a reason. Serve this marinated chicken dish with pasta, potatoes or a green salad.
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Filipino Chicken Adobo

The chicken only needs to sit for 20 to 30 minutes to soak up all the flavors of the mildly sweet and tangy sauce. The vinegar helps make this marinated chicken extra tender.
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Five-Spice Chicken Wings

The overnight marinade is the key to these crispy five-spice wings. We recommend making extra sauce for dipping.
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Slow-Cooked Mandarin Chicken

This orange and olive chicken requires planning ahead, but most of the work is hands-off. Let the chicken marinate overnight, then cook it on low in the slow cooker all day. The end result is saucy and moist. It’s perfect over rice.
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Caribbean Chicken

You won’t find a marinade this flavorful at the grocery store. It requires little prep work and has a big payoff. Friends and family will request this sweet and spicy chicken all the time.
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Flavorful Chicken Fajitas

Need a meal in hurry? These one-hour marinated chicken fajitas are beautifully seasoned with just the right amount of zing. Serve them with a selection of toppings, like shredded cheese, sliced red onions and salsa.
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Honey-Glazed Chicken Kabobs

These sweet and savory kebabs are a whole meal. But if you’re looking to serve a feast, some garlic bread on the side goes a long way. The six-hour marinade works with steaks as well.
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Roasted Lime Chicken

This roasted chicken is sub-lime! You’ll impress your guests but more importantly your tastebuds with this herby marinade.
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Orange-Spiced Chicken

Chinese five-spice powder is your grocery store’s best kept secret. So orange you glad you came across this overnight marinade recipe?
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Apple-Marinated Chicken & Vegetables

Apple juice and chicken? Sign us up! This marinade goes on both the chicken and the vegetables, so all you have to do is grill and enjoy.
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Oven-Fried Chicken Drumsticks

With a Greek yogurt, mustard and garlic marinade, you won’t even be able to tell the chicken isn’t actually fried. You can make the marinade and coat the chicken the night before, so everything is ready when it’s time to cook.
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Ranch-Marinated Chicken Breasts

Ranch and chicken is one of our favorite combinations. Use the leftover sour cream marinade for a zesty wrap—it packs more of a punch than you’d expect.
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Grilled Basil Chicken

This light summer meal is perfect with grilled romaine. Make it the night before so it’s ready for dinner.

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