Chicken marinades are a great way to add different flavours to your barbecue, and cater for different tastes. They’re easy to prepare and can really give your summer menu a tasty lift. Take a look at these sweet, smoky and spicy recommendations and try something new next time you’re grilling for guests.
How To Make A Chicken Marinade
For the recipes below, combine all the ingredients together in a mixing bowl and add 4 chicken breasts (approx 500g) or 8 chicken thighs (approx. 500g each). Mix well until all the chicken is thoroughly coated, cover with cling film and refrigerate for 12 hours.
We recommend skinned and boned chicken thighs, but skinless and boneless will work just as well, and drumsticks are ideal for certain recipes too. All recipes are for the barbecue but can be cooked under a medium-hot grill for around 20 minutes, turning the chicken over half way through cooking. Ensure the chicken is piping hot all the way through.
Top Marinating Tip:
Prick your chicken with a cocktail stick before marinating - so your sauces soak into the chicken more.
Sweet chicken marinades are ideal for eating outdoors with friends and family - fruity ingredients are fun for children to make and try, and they make a particularly good glaze for chicken that really bring out the flavour of the meat.
Quick Pick: Maple & Orange Glaze
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With a little more ‘zing’ to them, smoky barbecue marinades will work well if your guests don’t have a sweet tooth but might not want to go for a spicy bite either. The smoky flavour works well with chicken, but you can try with other meats like pork too.
Quick Pick: Smoky Chipotle
Quick Pick: Spiced Smoky Yoghurt
Marinades are especially good for cheaper cuts of meat if you’re barbecuing on a budget. The sugars, oils and spices will tenderise your chicken as well as adding flavour - and you can play with different recipes to impress your guests and mix things up if you host lots of gatherings over the summer.
For those who like their chicken with a kick, spicy marinades take thinks up a level - and you can add more heat to taste too. Martin recommends his favourites below, including a drumstick version that’s great for sharing around at larger gatherings.
Quick Pick: Buffalo Lime
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