Sweet and savory grilled chicken marinade

It’s grilling season! I plan to try several marinades this season for a variety of meats on the grill. I will share any that I find to be good! The first marinade that I have tried and liked I will share below. I tweaked it a little to make it healthier and to what I had in stock and it turned out really good. Don’t be freaked out about the citrus additions, I promise your chicken will not taste like fruit! I was worried too at first but it actually adds a mildly sweet but savory taste to the chicken. Also, the red pepper gives it a bit of a kick so if you are feeding children you may want to either add less or omit it completely. My kids found it to be a little spicy however us adults didn’t think it to be overwhelmingly noticeable. Ok, enough babbling lets get to the recipe!


  • 1/2 c olive oil
  • 1/2 c orange juice (the less sugar the better)
  • 1/4 c packed brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp of lime juice
  • 2 tbsp of liquid aminos (healthier alternative to soy)
  • 1 tbsp of Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 tsp of dried chopped onion
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 lbs of chicken breasts


  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix together
  2. Pour over chicken and marinade for at least a couple hours. I marinated it for about 8 hours and it was very flavorful
  3. Remove chicken from marinade and slap it on the grill. Voila!

Definitely take advantage of grilling season this spring and summer. Put a lean meat on the grill with minimal toppings and some fresh veggies and you can really put together a nutritious and macro friendly meal! I also used my leftover chicken for lunch the next day and it was even better after it was reheated. That is a win! I will be posting more marinades and grilling ideas as the season progresses. Stay tuned!

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