5 Easy Chicken Marinades That Are Perfect for Filling Your Freezer

You'll feel like a meal-prep hero when you fill bags with these recipes. They can be ready for dinner tonight — or in a month.

September 24, 2020
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Photo By: Matt Armendariz

Photo By: Matt Armendariz

Photo By: Matt Armendariz

Photo By: Matt Armendariz

Photo By: Matt Armendariz

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It's In the Bag

Chicken is a hard-working ingredient for many of us in the kitchen, but it needs some friends (read: spices, herbs, sauces) to be tasty and satisfying night after night. These colorful marinades add variety to your cooking, and can help you get ahead. Fill a few bags with chicken and these recipes, and you can have dinner tonight and be prepped for many nights in the coming month by tossing some in the freezer.

BBQ Chicken Marinade: The Ingredients

This marinade comes together with ketchup, light brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, ground cumin, paprika, garlic, and salt and pepper.

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BBQ Chicken Marinade: The Preparation

Marinate 4 boneless chicken breasts or 8 boneless chicken thighs for at least 2 hours in the fridge or freeze for up to 1 month. Then grill until cooked through and lightly charred.

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Chimichurri Chicken Marinade: The Ingredients

For this marinade, combine parsley, red wine vinegar, dried oregano, crushed red pepper flakes, scallions, garlic, lemon zest, olive oil, and salt and pepper.

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Chimichurri Chicken Marinade: The Preparation

This marinade also makes enough to coat 4 boneless chicken breasts or 8 boneless chicken thighs. Marinate for at least 2 hours in the fridge or freeze for up to 1 month. Roast in the oven on a foil-lined baking sheet for an easy dinner.

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Curry Chicken Marinade: The Ingredients

This warmly spiced marinade includes vegetable oil, fresh ginger, curry powder, garam masala, paprika, garlic, shallots, and salt and pepper.

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Curry Chicken Marinade: The Preparation

Four boneless chicken breasts or 8 boneless chicken thighs can sit in this marinade in the fridge for at least 2 hours, or freeze for up to 1 month. To cook, roast on a foil-lined baking sheet.

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Honey Mustard Chicken Marinade: The Ingredients

There are just four ingredients in this one: honey, Dijon mustard, whole-grain mustard and salt.

Honey Mustard Chicken Marinade

Again, it's the perfect amount of marinade for 4 boneless chicken breasts or 8 boneless chicken thighs. Marinate in the fridge for at least 2 hours or freeze for up to 1 month. Roast in a baking dish covered with foil, removing the foil for the last 10 minutes of cooking to reduce the liquid a bit.

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Teriyaki Chicken Marinade: The Ingredients

All you need for this marinade is soy sauce, canola oil, sugar, fresh ginger, sesame oil, sesame seeds, garlic and salt.

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Teriyaki Chicken Marinade: The Preparation

Combine the ingredients and marinate (you guessed it) 4 boneless chicken breasts or 8 boneless chicken thighs for at least 2 hours in the fridge or freeze for up to 1 month. Broil until lightly charred and cooked through on a foil-lined baking sheet.

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