Easy No-Fail Lemon Chicken Marinade

If you’re on the lookout for a simple, no-fail chicken marinade recipe, you’ve found it. Use this for baked or grilled chicken. Jump to the Chicken Marinade Recipe or watch our quick recipe video showing you how to make it.

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This easy (and healthy) chicken marinade has a tangy combination of lemon, garlic, red pepper flakes and mustard. This just might be one of the best marinades, ever.

It is perfect for roasted, baked, or grilled chicken and works well for chicken breasts or thighs. In fact, if you scroll down a little, you’ll see it’s versatile enough to work with turkey, pork, seafood, and vegetables.

This flavor combination is one of our favorites — we’re clearly big fans of the lemon-mustard combo, just take a look at our Easy Lemon Chicken Thighs. We use lots of lemon juice, some garlic, and mustard with the chicken thighs. It was this recipe that inspired us to share this marinade. One we’ve used lots of times since then.

Here’s another way we love using the marinade. Our Grilled Lemon Garlic Chicken Wings marinate for at least an hour, and then we grill them until tender and brown. They are seriously delicious.

This is the Best Chicken Marinade. Bonus: It Can Be Used for Pork, Fish, and Vegetables!

The combination of lemon, garlic and mustard is killer with chicken, but this can be used for so much more. Any hearty white fish would love it — think mahi mahi or swordfish — and don’t get me started with how amazing shrimp would be.

Easy No-Fail Lemon Chicken Marinade

Vegetables like cauliflower and broccoli would be great, too. Try tossing broccoli in the marinade then grill it. Incredible!

Easy No-Fail Lemon Chicken Marinade

You could even turn this into a tangy salad dressing.

By reducing the mustard a little and increasing the olive oil, you would have a homemade dressing ready for salad or veggies — we really like the idea of tossing it with some roasted vegetables. Check out our recipe below for how to transform the marinade into a dressing.

You May Also Like this marinade that we used to make our Lemony Chicken Breasts paired with a Cucumber and Feta Salad. It’s very similar to this, but without the mustard. The salad is also incredibly good!

Easy No-Fail Lemon Chicken Marinade

Recipe updated, originally posted June 2015. Since posting this in 2015, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear. – Adam and Joanne

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