3 Mouth-Watering Chicken Marinade Recipes You Can Freeze & Eat Later by Ann Marie Patitucci

3 Mouth-Watering Chicken Marinade Recipes You Can Freeze & Eat Later

I need to get better at meal prep because it’s so worth it! One thing that has helped me in the past has been marinating chicken in advance. That way, whether I’m cooking or my hubby is grilling, we have something ready to go. I prefer freezing so that I know nothing will expire in the fridge when our plans change.

We love these three easy chicken marinade recipes! The chicken absorbs so much flavor with these three easy marinade recipes. Then all you have to do it take it out to thaw the night before. Easy and delicious, too!

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Servings: 4 servings per bag


Cilantro Lime Marinade

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves, chopped and loosely packed
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Chipotle Marinade

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons adobo sauce (from a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika or smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 - 2 chipotle peppers, chopped (optional if you want it spicy)

Lemon Garlic Marinade 

  • 1 pound boneless, chicken breasts
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice (2 to 3 lemons)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce (I use low-sodium soy sauce)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Here's how to make it:

  1. To make the marinades, combine all the ingredients in a heavy duty plastic food storage bag or reusable freezer bag. Seal the bag and then use your hands to combine (smoosh) everything together well. Add chicken to the bag and coat it in the marinade.
  2. After combining the marinade ingredients with the chicken, squeeze as much air out of the bag as you can. Pro tip: Label the bag with marinade name and date. Then place in the freezer immediately. Freeze for up to 3 months.
  3. When ready to use, thaw in the refrigerator overnight or by immersing the bag in a bowl of cold water for a couple of hours. Cook as desired.

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Olive Oil $4 & Up
Honey $3 & Up
Sweet Paprika $3 & Up
Smoked Paprika $3 & Up
Brown Sugar $2 & Up
Dried Oregano $3 & Up
Soy Sauce $2 & Up

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Elisa Schmitz
This is a genius idea, Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead . My mouth is definitely watering and I can't wait to make these!
Great way to simplify meal planning.
Ema Manuela
These marinades sound great! How do the marinaded chickens taste?
Ann Marie Patitucci
Delicious! And so easy to make!
Donna John
Have these in my freezer right now. Thanks for the great ideas!

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