It is so worth the 10 minutes of prep it takes to whip this Garlic Lemon Chicken Marinade together! It is so easy and it simply transforms boneless skinless chicken breast from boring into juicy flavorful grilled perfection! {Gluten-free and Paleo}

garlic lemon chicken marindae

My friend Rachel has a fabulous group board on Pinterest called No More Boring Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast. Every day, contributors are adding new delicious recipes to the board, reminding us all that we don’t have to settle for Plain Jane chicken. It is in that spirit that I bring you this garlic lemon chicken marinade recipe. And let me tell you, this marinade is destined to be pinned on that board. It is simple and flavorful and anything but boring!

Garlic Lemon Chicken Marinade in a jar

To make this grilled chicken marinade, I used the zest of an entire lemon plus the juice. Feel free to use less zest if you like a less pronounced lemon flavor but keep the amount of juice so that the acidity of the marinade does its job. I also added in three cloves of garlic because, well, garlic is awesome and therefore makes chicken awesome.

Then came the oddball ingredient: pickled jalapenos. Say what? I know, pickled jalapenos are not your typical marinade ingredient, but I really love them because their spiciness is not dry or harsh. Feel free to leave them out or sub in fresh jalapenos to taste if you like.

I also have masses of oregano in my garden right now, so that seemed like an excellent choice for fresh herbs.

garlic lemon chicken marinade

How to Make Garlic Lemon Chicken Marinade

Making homemade chicken marinade is incredibly easy and takes less than 10 minutes to whip up! For this easy marinade recipe, I simply added all the ingredients into a blender and whizzed everything together until combined. You can also do this in a food processor or with an immersion blender—whatever you have on hand!

As with most other marinades, the longer you let the chicken marinate, the stronger the flavor. You just want to make sure you don’t let it go too long, as it’ll denature the proteins on the exterior of the chicken meat, and will make the texture tough and dry on the outside once it’s cooked. So anywhere from 4 to 12 hours is best. (In a rush? For a chicken marinade that requires a shorter marinating time, I recommend this garlic herb marinade.)

This garlic lemon chicken marinade works with chicken thighs and bone in chicken too. Just keep in mind that there is oil in the marinade, so you’ll want to be careful of flare-ups if you’re grilling the meat.

garlic lemon chicken marinade

How to Store Garlic Lemon Chicken Marinade

If you prefer to prep your meals well in advance to make the work week a little easier, feel free to prep this easy chicken marinade ahead of time (just don’t marinate the chicken too far in advance!). You can store this chicken marinade in the fridge for up to a week in a tightly sealed container.

This marinade can also be stored in the freezer for up to three months. If you choose to store this in the freezer, I recommend first freezing the marinade in an ice cube tray. Once frozen, pop the marinade cubes into a freezer bag. This way, you can thaw out the exact amount of marinade you need without wasting the rest!

Juicy garlic lemon chicken marinade

What To Serve With This Grilled Chicken Recipe

More Easy Marinade Recipes:

My Favorite Garlic Marinade 

Maple Teriyaki Marinade 

Yogurt Curry Chicken Thighs

Garlic Herb Marinated Chicken

Are you following my chicken board on Pinterest?

One of the most popular recipes on Healthy Seasonal Recipes also happens to be a chicken marinade. Isabel’s Island Chicken Marinade. If you haven’t made it before, do not miss it!

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Garlic Lemon Chicken Marinade in a jar

Juicy garlic lemon chicken marindae with oregano and pickled jalapenos on Healthy Seasonal Recipes. Naturally gluten-free. Works with chicken breast, chicken thighs and all different kind of meat too!

garlic lemon chicken marinade

  • Author: Katie Webster
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: enough marinade for 1 to 2 pounds chicken
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Mixed
  • Cuisine: American


One of my top recipes! Garlic Lemon Chicken Marinade is gluten-free and transforms chicken breast from boring to juicy and flavorful.



  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 to 2 tablespoon chopped pickled jalapeno, optional
  • 1 tablespoon chopped oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Puree garlic, lemon zest and juice and olive oil in a mini prep, blender or with an immersion blender in a blending jar. Add jalapeno, oregano, salt and pepper and pulse just to combine. Store in the refrigerator up to one week, or freeze up to 3 months. This recipe makes enough to marinate 1 to 2 pounds of chicken. Let chicken marinate for 4 to 12 hours.


  • Calories: 67
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 223 mg
  • Fat: 7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 1 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 0 g