Best Chicken Marinade

At the end of a hot summer day, we all like to fling a piece of chicken (or fish or steak) on the grill, and be eating dinner with no fuss in short order.  But not a boring dinner, no that’s not for us.

Lemon Garlic Chicken Marinade

If you want one boilerplate marinade for the summer, this is it. With this 5-ingredient mixture you’ll be turning basic chicken breasts into a meal you’d be happy to serve your family and just about anyone who might stop by on a warm summer night.   The marinade is also great paired with shrimp and fish, even pork, and it will last for at least 5 days in the fridge.

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This is a vibrant mixture of lemon, garlic, shallots, and of course Dijon mustard.  Truly when you start any marinade with garlic and lemons it’s hard to go wrong.  The mustard helps emulsify the marinade, making it thicker so it really clings to the food.  It will last for several days in the fridge, and if you are visiting a friend, a pretty jar of this makes a wonderful gift (especially if you then use it to make dinner).

The Best, Basic Marinade of the Summer: Dijon, Garlic and Lemon Marinade with garnishes

How Long to Marinate Chicken in Lemon Garlic Marinade

Marinate boneless skinless chicken breasts (or pork chops) for 4 to 8 hours, marinate bone-in chicken for up to 12 hours. If you are using the marinade for shrimp, marinate those for 30 minutes to 1 hour, and fish for 30 minutes max (more on marinating times here).

How to Make Lemon Garlic Marinade

Put the shallots, garlic, lemon zest, mustard, and salt and pepper in a bowl or a jar with a lid. 

Lemon Garlic Chicken Marinade

Add the lemon juice and the olive oil, and whisk or shake to combine well.

Lemon Garlic Chicken Marinade

Adjust seasonings as needed and use as desired.

Dijon, Garlic and Lemon Marinade: This 5-ingredient marinade comes together in minutes and is perfect for chicken, pork, shrimp, and any fish.

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This is also a great salad dressing, especially if you substitute half the lemon juice with rice vinegar. If you do use it as a salad dressing you’ll want to diulute it with another few glugs of olive oil, and it’s pretty potent. And it takes well to all kinds of add-ins, like fresh basil, or green onions or scallions subbed in for all or part of the shallots.

The Best, Basic Marinade of the Summer: Dijon, Garlic and Lemon Marinade / Mia / Katie Workman / themom100.com

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Lemon Garlic Chicken Marinade

This 5-ingredient marinade comes together in minutes and is perfect for chicken (also also pork, shrimp, and any fish).
Yield: 10 Servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

Directions

  • Put the shallots, garlic, lemon zest, mustard, and salt and pepper in a bowl or a jar with a lid.  Add the lemon juice and the olive oil, and whisk or shake to combine well. Adjust seasonings as needed and use as desired.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 6g | Calories: 112kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 53mg | Potassium: 70mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 11IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg

The nutrition values are provided as an estimate. It is not intended as a substitute for the advice of a qualified healthcare professional.

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  1. Hi, quick question- to use with pork tenderloin, how long should it marinate? With the lemon I’m thinking my usual overnight soak isn’t a good idea?

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