The Best Grilled Chicken. And the only chicken marinade you need.

Organic chicken tenders marinated in red wine vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, grated parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, oregano, garlic powder and salt. We make this marinade year-round 1-2 times a week. It’s easy, flavor-packed and is one of those recipes I get asked to share over and over. You rarely see chicken featured here on the blog, but it’s something we eat a couple times a week, so it was time to write down the ingredients and share it with you.  It’s our go-to recipe for grilled chicken … and likely will be yours too.

Grilled chicken with fresh parsley on a white plate

Marinate the chicken in the fridge, for best flavor, for at least 4 hours, preferably 8 hours, if you have the time. When I know we’ll be eating around 6pm dinner, I’ll try to have the chicken in the marinade by 10am.

This recipe is kid-friendly unless you have a child that does not do well with grill marks, like my Lucca. Lucca picks off the outer part (grill marks/browned parts) of the chicken, so that only the pristine white inside of the tender is left. Basically, he’d like his chicken (and everything else) boiled with no seasoning (and no flavor). But, the rest of us are not up for eating boiled chicken. So, he’ll be picking off those grill marks for the unforeseeable future (sorry, bud).

Serve this grilled chicken with any sides you’d like. Typically when we’re grilling fish/chicken/meat, I’ll add veggies to the grill as well, to keep things simple and minimize clean-up. Things like broccoli (our go-to), onions, cabbage, corn (in season), etc. Then, we’ll have some nice crusty bread (our local French bakery has an olive bread that is incredible), farro or brown rice.

An overhead shot of grilled chicken on a white plate with marinade ingredients behind it

Here’s how to make The Best Grilled Chicken – hope you enjoy it!

The Best Grilled Chicken

Organic chicken tenders marinated in red wine vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, grated parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, oregano, garlic powder and salt. We make this marinade year-round 1-2 times a week. It’s easy, flavor-packed and is one of those recipes I get asked for over and over. It’s our favorite way to eat grilled chicken.

Course Main Course
Keyword grilled chicken
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings 4 people

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup red wine vinegar*
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil*
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 pounds organic** chicken tenders boneless skinless (or chicken breasts)

Instructions

  1. Add all marinade ingredients to a resealable plastic bag. Add chicken. Marinate chicken at least 4 hours, preferably 8 hours.

  2. Preheat grill to high heat. Clean and oil grates. Add chicken to grill and reduce heat to medium high. Discard marinade. Grill chicken about 4 minutes, flip, then grill until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees, as measured by a meat thermometer. Remove chicken from heat and let rest 5 minutes. Serve.

Recipe Notes

*Note: you can use a red wine vinaigrette instead of red wine vinegar + olive oil. We often buy and use Fanny's Italian Vinaigrette, which is a red wine vinaigrette. 

 

**We choose to purchase organic chicken for health, taste and environmental reasons, but acknowledge that organic food is more expensive and does not fit in everyone's budget, so choose the chicken that fits your family's needs. You'll have the same results. 

 

Grilled chicken on a white plate with parsley.

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A side shot of grilled chicken