Poultry Essentials: Speedy Chicken Marinade

Andy Anderson !


This is an easy/peasy way to get some great flavor going in your next chicken dish, and it only takes 30 minutes. The trick is to use fresh ingredients, and lemon juice, but more on that later.

FYI: The main photo is marinated chicken breasts, pan-fried with mushrooms.

So, you ready… let’s get into the kitchen.


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30 Min
20 Min
Stove Top



  • 2 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 4 Tbsp
    olive oil, extra virgin
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
    lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 2 Tbsp
    oregano, freshly chopped
  • 1 Tbsp
    ginger, freshly grated
  • 2 tsp
    salt, kosher variety
  • 1 tsp
    white pepper, freshly ground
  • 1/4 tsp
    tamari sauce, or liquid aminos

How to Make Poultry Essentials: Speedy Chicken Marinade


  2. A Thirty Minute Brine? The trick to the short brine time is the use of the lemon juice. Lemon juice is an acid, and those quick 30 minutes will tenderize the chicken, and allow those spices to infuse themselves.
    However, no more than THIRTY minutes. After that, the chicken will begin to get mushy, and we HATE it when that happens.
  3. This marinade calls for fresh ingredients. If you do not use freshly chopped oregano, and freshly minced garlic, you will not get the awesome flavors this marinade was designed to deliver.
  4. I tried this marinade on chicken breasts and chicken thighs, bone-in, or bone-out. However, because you are attempting get the marinade into the chicken, the chicken must be skinless.
  5. Gather your ingredients (mise en place).
  6. Add all of the ingredients in a bowl, and whisk together.
  7. Add the chicken, cover, and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Set a timer.
  8. Chef’s Note: Because brining uses salt, remember to reduce the salt that is called for in the recipe you are using.
  10. Remove from the fridge, pat dry, and cook as you would for any chicken recipe. Enjoy.
  11. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Poultry Essentials: Speedy Chicken Marinade

Course/Dish: Chicken
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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