Say no to boring chicken with these 5 Healthy Chicken Marinades! Made with minimal ingredients, paleo, keto and Whole30 – they’re perfect for meal prepping! This post is sponsored by Sutter Buttes Olive Oil.
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Do you ever meal prep something and after 2 days of eating it feel SO bored with whatever you’ve made? Yea, me too.
That’s why I came up with these 5 Healthy Chicken Marinades! These easy chicken marinade recipes will make your meal prepping a breeze, and give you something new + exciting to have for lunch or dinner every day.
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From Lemon Garlic to Asian Ginger, the marinades are loaded with flavor and super easy to make.
As with all delicious food, a good marinade starts with good ingredients. One of my favorite olive oils to cook with is Tuscan Blend Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Sutter Buttes.
Their olive oil is such high quality, and you can literally see and taste the difference.
It has a delicious rich flavor that actually tastes like olives (unlike some olive oils!), and a gorgeous dark color.
I used this as the base of all of the healthy chicken marinades, along with a little salt and pepper.
It’s great for cooking with but also delicious in a dressing for salads! When combined with a few other ingredients, it helps to make these chicken marinades extra tasty – and allows the chicken to stay moist rather than drying out while cooking!
My favorite out of all of the healthy chicken marinades is probably this Cilantro Lime marinade, it’s got a little zip from the lime juice/zest and the smooth cilantro is delicious with it.
If cilantro isn’t your thing, this Lemon Garlic Marinade is super tasty too! I like it with these Spiralized Rosemary Potatoes!
You can’t go wrong with this Basil Balsamic marinade either.. if you aren’t paleo/whole30 you can even add a little honey to this which really amps up the flavor!
This Asian Ginger marinade is also SUPER delicious. The fresh ginger is just so yummy when combined with the coconut aminos and lime!
Last, but certainly not least – this Italian Herb marinade is super light and fresh. The fresh basil + parsley give it so much flavor!
Things we used to make these healthy chicken marinades:
- parchment paper
- garlic powder
- citrus juicer
- lemon zester
- balsamic vinegar
- coconut aminos
- Sutter Buttes Olive Oil
How to cook the chicken:
In order to cook the chicken, allow the chicken a minimum of 30 minutes to marinate (overnight is best for maximum flavor). Preheat oven to 425 + prepare a lined baking sheet. Lay chicken on the sheet side by side. Bake for 20 minutes. Allow chicken to rest for 5 minutes + store in containers with veggies/side for meal prepping.
What should you pair these Healthy Chicken Marinades with?
The options are really endless for these healthy chicken marinades – they will go with just about anything! Here are some recipes you can pair them with:
- Salad of your choice
- Brown Rice or Quinoa
- Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad
- Crispy Rosemary Smashed Potatoes
- Harvest Quinoa and Brown Rice Salad
- Healthy Lemon Parmesan Roasted Asparagus
- Crispy Sheet Pan Roasted Potatoes
- Garlic Rosemary Roasted Brussels Sprouts
- Crispy Garlic Thyme Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Regardless of what you pair these healthy chicken marinades with – you will love having them for lunch or dinner! They’re sure to make your meal prepping quick and easy!
5 Healthy Chicken Marinades
- 2.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
- In separate bowls, whisk together marinades. Pour into individual ziploc bags. Place 1 large chicken breast (about 8oz chicken) with each marinade. Carefully try to squeeze out air from the bag.
- If cooking immediately: Allow the chicken a minimum of 30 minutes to marinate (overnight is best for maximum flavor). Preheat oven to 425 + prepare a lined baking sheet. Lay chicken on the sheet side by side. Bake for 20 minutes. Allow chicken to rest for 5 minutes + store in containers with veggies/side for meal prepping
- If grilling: Allow the chicken a minimum of 30 minutes to marinate (overnight is best for maximum flavor). Heat grill over medium high heat (about 400 degrees). Cook chicken for about 7-8 minutes on each side. Transfer to a plate, allow the chicken to rest for 5 minutes + store in containers with veggies/side for meal prepping.
- If freezing: Transfer the individual bags to the freezer. Lay flat in freezer. To defrost, remove from freezer 24 hours in advance + place in refrigerator. Allow to defrost + cook per directions above.