The Best Simple Marinade for Pork or Chicken

Posted May 28, 2019 by Thirty-Something Angie in Recipes, Wellness / 0 Comments

Simple Marinade for Chicken or Pork

My favorite simple marinade for grilled pork or chicken. It’s just a few simple ingredients and it whips up in a moment. Try this the next time you grill for a punch of flavor!

In the summer time, we absolutely love to grill. The kids jump in the pool or on the trampoline having a blast and dinner changes from a chore to something enjoyable.

While we always love a good steak, one of our favorite everyday meals is actually grilled porkchops or chicken breasts. We also cook a lot of burgers and kabobs.

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Easy Homemade Marinade Recipe

This easy chicken marinade is one of my favorite recipes for the grill and is so simple to make! It’s only 3 ingredients and only takes a couple of minutes of prep work. Plus, it packs a ton of flavor!

We use it a lot for chicken, but it’s also a great simple marinade for pork! Find the recipe below or scroll to the bottom for a printable version of the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbs organic brown mustard (look for one with no added ingredients like sugar)
  • 3 tbs balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 c extra light olive oil
  • season with: salt, pepper, onion, garlic, and cayenne

Mix all ingredients together and pour over chicken, making sure to coat it well. Let it marinade in the fridge for at least 2 hours, but I like to leave mine overnight.

chicken on the grill, grilled chicken

How to Grill Chicken:

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Chicken can be a little tricky on the grill. You want it to be thoroughly cooked, but not over done and dry.

Personally, I don’t man the grill, so for this part of the recipe, I turned to my husband, Willie, to give me a rundown of how he does it.

  • Preheat grill to 350-400 degrees. Once the grill is hot, clean with a wire brush and then oil the grates.
  • Place marinated chicken on the grill for 5-10 minutes
  • Turn chicken and cook for another 5-10 minutes, or until the internal temp is 160 degrees.
  • Turn chicken and cook for another 5-10 minutes, or until the internal temp is 160 degrees.
  • To find the internal temp, we like to use a meat thermometer like this one that constantly monitors the temp like this one. Be sure the thermometer isn’t touching the grill, bones, or fat to get an accurate reading.

The best grilled dinners we have also include vegetables on the grill. Not only does it bring a whole new flavor to the veggies, but it also means virtually no cleanup for mom!

My Favorite Grillable Vegetables

There are a lot of options when it comes to grillable vegetables, but here are some of my favorites:

Corn on the Cob: This is one of the simplest sides to cook on the grill. I know most people remove the husk and wrap their corn in foil, but I’ve learned that it retains so much flavor if you just cook it in the husk! Plus, it saves on waste. We just take our corn, drop it right on the grill, and cook it for about 10 minutes, turning ocassionally. Let it cool a little and remove the husk.

Grilled Zucchini and Squash: I cut mine in half lengthwise, brush with a little olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and place them right on the grill. These cook in less than 10 minutes.

Grilled Peppers and Onions: Make thin slices and place in a foil pack with butter, salt, and pepper. Cook on the top rack while you’re cooking your meat, or for about 15 minutes.

Asparagus: I love asparagus on the grill. Brush it with olive oil, season to taste, and cook directly on the grates for 2-3 minutes, depending on how well done you like yours.

grilled chicken, dinner

Simple Marinade for Pork or Chicken

My favorite simple marinade for girlled pork or chicken. It's just a few simple ingredients and whips up in a moment. Try this the next time you grill for a punch of flavor.
Prep Time5 mins
Resting Time2 hrs
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: grill, keto, marinade, paleo, thm-s

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp organic brown mustard look for sugar free
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup extra light olive oil

Instructions

  • Mix all ingredients together and pour over chicken or pork.
  • Marinade in the fridge for at least 2 hours, but I like to leave it over night.
  • Preheat grill to 350-400 degrees. Once the grill is hot, clean with a wire brush and then oil the grates.
  • Place marinated chicken on the grill for 5-10 minutes
  • Turn chicken and cook another 5-10 minutes, or until internal temp is 160 degrees.

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