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This Balsamic Chicken Marinade is made with Balsamic vinegar, honey, and spices, and comes together in just minutes. It’s perfect for any cut of chicken!

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Looking for an easy chicken marinade recipe? This one is simple and delicious!

The honey in the marinade gives it a touch of sweetness, while the vinegar provides a nice tangy flavor. Made with just a few simple ingredients, this balsamic chicken marinade is perfect for grilled or baked chicken.

Balsamic Chicken Marinade Recipe

This Balsamic vinegar marinade is perfect for chicken! It’s simple to make and only requires a few ingredients.

This marinade is ideal for honey Balsamic chicken or any recipe that calls for marinating chicken first. Whether grilled, baked, or seared in a skillet, this marinade will give your chicken a delicious flavor!

The balsamic vinegar and honey pair together for a tangy sweetness, while the garlic and spices deepen the flavors n the chicken.

The best thing about this recipe is that it’s so versatile. You can use this recipe for any cut of chicken, whether breast meat, thighs, or drumsticks. And you can adjust the amounts of vinegar and honey to suit your taste.

a golden spoon scooping the Balsamic chicken marinade in a glass jar with its lid and a salt cellar in the background.

Balsamic Chicken Marinade Ingredients

  • Balsamic vinegar – I like Costco’s Kirkland brand
  • Olive oil
  • Honey
  • Dijon mustard – I like Trader Joe’s or Grey Poupon
  • Garlic 
  • Dried oregano
  • Dried basil 
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper – white pepper is ideal

Note: Roll the dried herbs between your fingers to crush them and release the oils.

Ingredients for making Balsamic Chicken Marinade which contains Balsamic vinegar, honey, salt and pepper, Dijon mustard, minced garlic, dried herbs, and olive oil.

Equipment Used for Balsamic Vinegar Chicken Marinade

How to Make Balsamic Chicken Marinade

Mix the Ingredients. In a medium bowl, combine balsamic vinegar, olive oil, honey, Dijon mustard, garlic, oregano, and basil.

all the ingredients for Balsamic Chicken Marinated are placed in a clear mixing bowl.

Whisk the Ingredients. Use a whisk and mix everything together until it’s smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

(Optional) Taste the Marinade. Give it a taste to see if you need to adjust the seasonings. Add more spices, vinegar, honey, or mustard to taste.

whisking the Balsamic Chicken Marinade ingredients in a clear bowl with a salt and pepper cellar in the background.

How to Use the Balsamic Chicken Marinade

Once the honey balsamic marinade is mixed, you can use it immediately or store it in the fridge for later.

If using immediately, place chicken in a large resealable bag and pour in the desired amount of marinade.

Seal the Ziploc bag, making sure to get all the air out. Gently massage the bag so the chicken is evenly coated in the marinade, then marinade the chicken pieces in the refrigerator for 6-12 hours.

Use this as a make-ahead dinner: You can prepare the honey balsamic marinade in the morning. Then, let the chicken marinate all day in the refrigerator. When it is time for dinner, the chicken will be ready to cook.

Marinated chicken placed in a glass container with a golden spoon on it and small bowls and salt cellar in the background.

Recipe Variations

  • Add a squeeze of lemon juice for a fresh, tart flavor.
  • Use garlic powder instead of fresh garlic for a milder flavor.
  • Use white balsamic vinegar for mellow flavor.
  • Swap out the honey for agave nectar or maple syrup.
  • Add a pinch of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes for a spicier version.
  • Use fresh herbs instead of dried herbs and spices.

How to Store Leftover Balsamic marinade for Chicken

If you have any excess, unused honey balsamic marinade, put it in a sealed container and refrigerate for up to 5 days. Discard the marinade as soon as you take the chicken out. Do not reuse it.

Can I freeze this?

Yes, you can freeze this marinade. Just place it in a freezer-safe container and store it for up to six months.

When ready to use it, thaw it overnight in the fridge, then proceed with the recipe as normal.

Balsamic Chicken Marinade placed in a glass jar with a salt and pepper cellar in the background.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long can I safely marinade raw chicken in balsamic vinegar?

You can marinate chicken in balsamic vinegar for up to 12 hours. Any longer than that, the acid in the vinegar will start to break down the chicken, making it tough.

Do you rinse marinade off chicken before cooking?

There’s no need to rinse the balsamic marinade for chicken before cooking. Rinsing the chicken could keep it from browning in the oven. Just pat the chicken dry with paper towels, then continue with your recipe.

Can you cook chicken in the marinade?

No, you should not cook chicken in the marinade. The honey and sugar will burn when exposed to high heat. Plus, raw chicken + marinade = a bacteria party. So be sure to discard the used marinade before cooking the chicken.

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Balsamic Chicken Marinade

This Balsamic Chicken Marinade is made with Balsamic vinegar, honey, and herbs, this comes together in just minutes and is perfect for any type of chicken.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Chicken, poultry marinade, brine recipe, marinade recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 35kcal

Equipment

  • medium bowl
  • whisk

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar (I like Costco's Kirkland brand)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon prepared Dijon mustard (I like Trader Joe's or Grey Poupon)
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano roll the dried herbs between your fingers to crush them and release the oils
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil roll the dried herbs between your fingers to crush them and release the oils
  • salt and freshly ground pepper white pepper is ideal

Instructions

  • Using a medium bowl, whisk together balsamic vinegar, honey, Dijon mustard, garlic, oregano, and basil. Add salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Marinade chicken pieces in this poultry marinade for 6-12 hours.
    Use this as a make-ahead dinner: prepare the marinade in the morning and marinate the chicken all day. Then, it's all ready when it's time to make dinner in the evening.

Notes

Dispose of the marinade as soon as you remove the chicken. Do not reuse marinade. To store any extra, unused marinade, place it in an air-tight container and refrigerate for up to 5 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 35kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 0.3g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.02g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 31mg | Potassium: 32mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 9IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 0.4mg

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