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Easy Chicken Marinade

Easy Chicken Marinade for grilling or baking. A simple combination of coffee, brown sugar seasonings and spices adds so much flavor to chicken along with ensuring that your chicken is tender, juicy and delicious.

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Oval platter with grilled chicken tenders and pineapple

Easy Chicken Marinade

If you are looking for a flavorful and easy chicken dinner, this easy chicken marinade is just the ticket. We love this marinade for ribs, pork chops, seafood and definitely chicken. The flavor combination is incredibly delicious.

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Marinated and grilled chicken with pineapple on a white plate

How to Make an Easy Chicken Marinade:

  1. Start with brewed coffee (works great with your leftover morning coffee) and brown sugar in a small saucepan. Add in Worcestershire sauce, Italian seasonings, smoked paprika, granulated garlic and kosher salt. Easy Chicken Marinade in a Le Creuset Pan with whisk
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil, then lower to a simmer for 5 minutes. Set aside to cool. Speed up the cooling process by placing marinade in the freezer for about 15 minutes.Chicken tenders covered in a coffee and brown sugar marinade.
  3. Place chicken in a shallow dish or bowl and pour marinade over the top. Stir to coat chicken well. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour or up to 12 hours. 

How To Grill Marinated Chicken:

  • Prepare grill to about a 300° fire. 
  • Place marinated chicken over the fire and cook 2 minutes, flip over to sear the other side about 2 minutes. Move chicken to indirect heat and grill until internal temperature reaches 165°. 

Marinated chicken tenders on a grill with fire below

How Long to Grill Chicken:

  • Chicken Tenders ~ about 12 – 15 minutes, until internal temperature reaches 165°. 
  • Boneless Chicken Breasts ~ about 20-25 minutes, until internal temperature reaches 165°. 
  • Bone- in Chicken about 30-40 minutes, until internal temperature reaches 165°. 

Platter of grilled chicken and pineapple with a bowl of mashed potatoes

How to Bake Marinated Chicken:

Preheat oven to 375°. Place chicken on a greased or lined baking dish in an even layer, not touching. 

  • Boneless Chicken Breasts: Bake for about 25- 30 minutes, until internal temperature reaches 165°. 
  • Boneless Thighs or Chicken Tenders: Bake for about 17-20 minutes, until internal temperature reaches 165°. 
  • Bone-in Chicken: Bake for about 40-45 minutes, until internal temperature reaches 165°. 

White plate with grilled marinated chicken, pineapple, garnished with cilantro

We grilled marinated chicken tenders and also grilled up a fresh pineapple that we cut into wedges. We just placed the pineapple over the indirect heat. We turned the pineapple once and cooked it about a total of 5 minutes. Just long enough for it to start to caramelize. 

Grilled pineapple goes great with this marinated chicken. You can also use canned pineapple if that’s what you have on hand. 

Easy Side Dishes to Serve with Marinated Chicken:

  • Creamy Cucumber Salad is a great addition to any meal on the grill and a great no cook side dish. Crunchy cucumbers, red onion and a delicious dill dressing.
  • Potato Gratin is one of my favorite potato dishes. Cheesy, creamy and oh so delicious. It’s great for any meal of the week and also great for holiday dinners. 
  • Bacon White Cheddar Pasta is ultra creamy and delicious pasta with fresh herbs and crispy bacon. A great addition to any dinner. 

More Chicken Recipes to Try:

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Yield: 4 servings

Easy Chicken Marinade

Grilled Marinated Chicken with grilled pineapple on a white plate

Easy Chicken Marinade for grilling or baking. A simple combination of coffee, brown sugar seasonings and spices adds so much flavor to chicken along with ensuring that your chicken is tender, juicy and delicious. 

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup brewed coffee
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasonings
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 pounds chicken tenders
  • 1 fresh pineapple

Instructions

  1. Add coffee, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, Italian seasonings, paprika, garlic and salt to a small saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil, lower to simmer and cook 5 minutes.
  3. Set aside to cool or place in freezer for about 15 minutes.
  4. Add chicken to a bowl and pour marinade over the top. Stir well until evenly coated. Cover and refrigerate at least one hour our up to 12 hours.
  5. To Grill chicken: Prepare grill to a 300° fire.
  6. Place chicken over fire and cook 2 minutes, turn to sear the other side about 2 minutes.
  7. Move chicken to indirect heat and cook for 12-15 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165°.
  8. Add pineapple to indirect heat for 5-7 minutes, turning once just until pineapple starts to caramelize.
  9. To Bake Chicken: Preheat oven to 375°.
  10. Place chicken on a greased or lined baking sheet. Bake for 17-20 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165°. Add pineapple to sheet pan about 7 minutes before chicken is done if desired.
  11. Allow chicken to rest 5 minutes before serving.
  12. Serve chicken with grilled pineapple.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 805Total Fat: 38gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 27gCholesterol: 104mgSodium: 315mgCarbohydrates: 49gFiber: 4gSugar: 28gProtein: 44g

Nutritional calculations are estimated and may not be accurate.

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