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5 Easy Whole30 Chicken Marinades

One of my favorite ways to keep our meals healthy but still flavorful is with a good marinade. No one wants to eat boring and bland chicken, so keep your family happy with these 5 easy and healthy Whole30 chicken marinades.

*post updated 8/19/19

5 Easy Whole 30 Chicken Marinades

I buy all my chicken from ButcherBox. It is the best free-range and organic chicken plus it gets delivered right to my front door. I can just pull one out the night before to put in the fridge to defrost. I use about 1 pound of chicken in each bag (2 large breasts or 4 thighs) and I make sure to label each bag with the flavor of marinade and the date.

Marinade Tips:

  • Marinade for 1-24 hours in the fridge or store right away in the freezer (store up to 3 months)
  • I always marinate my chicken in a plastic bag, but I also set those baggies in on a plate or in a bowl when sitting in the fridge. This is just in case of a leak, because it can be a nightmare to clean up
  • To thaw from the freezer, place the chicken in the fridge overnight
  • If storing in the freezer, make sure to also label with the date to remind you of how long it has been in there
5 Easy Whole 30 Chicken Marinades

Curry Chicken Marinade:

  • 1 Tbls Avocado Oil or Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup Coconut Milk
  • 2 Tbls Curry Powder
  • 1/2 Tbls Garam Masala
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 clove Garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 tsp Ginger Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
5 Easy Whole 30 Chicken Marinades

Chimichurri Chicken Marinade:

  • 2 Tbls Avocado or Olive Oil 
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Cilantro
  • 1/2 Jalapeno
  • 1/4 cup Red Onion
  • 2 Limes (juiced)
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 clove Garlic (minced)
5 Easy Whole 30 Chicken Marinades

Lemon Garlic Herb Chicken Marinade:

  • 2 Tbls Avocado or Olive Oil
  • 2 Lemons (zested & juiced)
  • 2 cloves Garlic (minced)
  • 1 Tbls Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Tsp Salt
5 Easy Whole 30 Chicken Marinades

Taco Chicken Marinade:

  • 2 Tbls Avocado Oil or Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbls Tomato Paste
  • 1/4 cup Hot Sauce (Frank’s Red Hot)
  • 2 Limes (juiced)
  • 1 Tbls Mexican Oregano (or regular oregano)
  • 1 Tbls Chili Powder
  • 1 clove Garlic (minced)
5 Easy Whole 30 Chicken Marinades

Sweet Balsamic Chicken Marinade:

  • 2 Tbls Avocado Oil or Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 3 Dates (steep in hot water and puree)
  • 1 clove Garlic (minced)
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tsp Salt
5 Easy Whole 30 Chicken Marinades

Cook Your Chicken:

Oven:

Preheat oven to 375′ and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the chicken on the baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes or until completely cooked through. Internal temperature should be 165’F

Instant Pot:

Place one cup of water or broth in the bottom of the Instant Pot and then put in the metal trivet. Place the chicken breasts on the metal trivet, close the lid and seal the steam valve. Set to high pressure and time for 7 minutes. Let the steam manual release for 5 minutes and then quick release (internal temp 165’F)

Slow Cooker:

Place the chicken in the slow cooker and add 1/2 cup of liquid (water or broth), cover and cook on low for 3 hrs (internal temp 165’F)

Grill:

Preheat grill to 425′. Once grill is hot, grill the chicken for about 7-9 minutes per side. The time will depend on the thickness of your chicken breast. Remove from grill when the internal temperature reads 155-160 and let rest on a plate covered with foil. This will bring the temperature up to 165′ and will keep the chicken nice and juicy

Stovetop:

Preheat oven to 375′. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium heat and add in cooking oil of choice. Sear the chicken on both sides for 2-3 minutes and then transfer the skillet to the pre-heated oven. Cook an additional 10-15 minutes. Cooking time varies depending on the size of the chicken breasts. Internal temperature needs to read 165′

5 Easy Whole 30 Chicken Marinades

What You Need:

What to Serve with Your Chicken:

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5 Easy Whole30 Chicken Marinades

Sara
5 easy Whole30 chicken marinades that will help you rock your meal prep! These freezer friendly marinades are healthy and packed with flavor.
5 from 17 votes
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Main Course
Servings 10 servings

Ingredients
  

Curry Chicken

  • 1 Tbls Avocado or Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup Coconut Milk Full Fat
  • 2 Tbls Curry Powder
  • 1/2 Tbls Garam Masala
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 clove Garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp Ginger Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt

Chimichurri Chicken

  • 2 Tbls Avocado or Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Cilantro
  • 1/2 Jalapeno
  • 1/4 cup Red Onion
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 Limes juiced

Taco Chicken

  • 2 Tbls Avocado or Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbls Tomato Paste
  • 1/4 cup Hot Sauce
  • 2 Lime juiced
  • 1 Tbls Chili Powder
  • 1 clove Garlic minced
  • 1 Tbls Mexican Oregano

Lemon Garlic Herb Chicken

  • 2 Tbls Avocado or Olive Oil
  • 2 Lemons zested & juiced
  • 2 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 Tbls Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 tsp Salt

Sweet Balsamic Chicken

  • 2 Tbls Avocado or Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 clove Garlic minced
  • 3 Dates steeped in hot water and pureed
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning

Instructions
 

Curry Chicken

  • Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and then pour over the chicken in the ziplock bag. Seal and store in the fridge or freezer

Chimichurri Chicken

  • Place all of the ingredients in a food processor and pulse a few times to combine then pour over the chicken in the ziplock bag and store in the fridge or freezer

Taco Chicken

  • Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and then pour over the chicken in the ziplock bag. Seal and store in the fridge or freezer

Lemon Garlic Herb Chicken

  • Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and then pour over the chicken in the ziplock bag. Seal and store in the fridge or freezer

Sweet Balsamic Chicken

  • Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and then pour over the chicken in the ziplock bag. Seal and store in the fridge or freezer

Notes

*See post for different cooking methods and side ideas 
Keyword chicken, Meal Prep, paleo, whole 30
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10 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I made the Lemon Chicken for a Whole30 compliant dinner party and it was *absolutely delicious* – definitely a crowd pleaser! Thanks so much for sharing it — these recipes/good food actually makes Whole30 an enjoyable experience!

  2. 5 stars
    Thank you SO much for these absolutely fab marinades!! I decided to meal prep for several days and so did the Curry Chicken, Sweet Balsamic Chicken and the Lemon Garlic Herb Chicken. I grilled the sweet balsamic and lemon herb. The lemon herb was so popular at my house that the whole batch was gone super fast and never made it into the fridge! The froze the cooked sweet balsamic and swear it was better defrosted and reheated than when we original made it! I made the curry in the slow cooker and followed your directions. It made a fab sauce and was delicious on baked potatoes with a tomato salad on the side. I can’t thank you enough for helping me to get through my first week of Whole 30. These will definitely continue to be a staple in my recipe book long after my 30 days are done!

  3. 5 stars
    Just made the curry marinade and used with some chicken thighs tonight. Seriously some of the best chicken I have ever made! The marinade is so delicious. Thank you very much.

  4. 5 stars
    I made the curry & the chimichurri recipes. The chimichurri went in the freezer and the curry went in the fridge to marinade. Took the curry chicken out the next day, grilled it up and popped it on a salad…. It was amazing!!! I didn’t even need a dressing. So much flavor! Even my 3 year old son loved it!

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