Spicy Chicken Marinade

Need to spice up your summer grilling routine?! This spicy chicken marinade is super flavorful and simple to make. Perfect for grilling season!

Need to spice up your summer grilling routine?! This spicy chicken marinade is super flavorful and simple to make. Perfect for grilling season!

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Grilling season is my favorite food season! Followed closely by soup season. Nothing is better than throwing something on the grill on a hot summer day.

Because of my love for grilling, I also adore a good marinade. This Spicy Chicken Marinade will quickly become a fan favorite this summer.

It’s spicy, a little sweet and packed full of flavor.

Need to spice up your summer grilling routine?! This spicy chicken marinade is super flavorful and simple to make. Perfect for grilling season!

Ingredients for Spicy Chicken Marinade

The ingredients are simple for this one, my favorite kind of recipe. Here’s what you will need:

  • Brown sugar: Adds a little sweetness to help balance out the spice. Also aids in delicious caramelization as you grill the chicken.
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Paprika: Adds smokiness to the marinade.
  • Chili powder: Adds additional spice and depth of flavor to the marinade.
  • Kosher salt
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Hot pepper sauce: Where most of the spice comes in for the marinade. Use your favorite brand (my preferred brand is Frank’s).
  • Lime juice: Adds acidity to the marinade and balances out all the flavors. If you don’t have fresh lime juice, you can sub in white vinegar instead.
  • Chicken: You can use bone-in or boneless chicken breasts or thighs for this recipe. You could even use a whole chicken.
Need to spice up your summer grilling routine?! This spicy chicken marinade is super flavorful and simple to make. Perfect for grilling season!

How Long to Marinade the Chicken

The marinade really depends on how much time you have. If you only have time to marinate for an hour, that will work.

But if you have time to make it the night before and marinate it overnight, go ahead and do it. The longer you let your chicken soak, the better it will be.

Need to spice up your summer grilling routine?! This spicy chicken marinade is super flavorful and simple to make. Perfect for grilling season!

Can I Use Other Proteins?

Definitely! This spicy marinade doesn’t have to be just for chicken. It would also be great on turkey, pork or a sturdy fish (don’t marinate for as long for fish).

How to Cook Marinated Chicken

My favorite way to cook this spicy marinated chicken is on the grill. If you don’t have a grill though, no worries.

You can cook this chicken on a skillet on the stove top or in the oven. Make sure to cook until the chicken reaches the internal temperature of 165 degrees F.

Need to spice up your summer grilling routine?! This spicy chicken marinade is super flavorful and simple to make. Perfect for grilling season!

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Need to spice up your summer grilling routine?! This spicy chicken marinade is super flavorful and simple to make. Perfect for grilling season!
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Spicy Chicken Marinade

Need to spice up your summer grilling routine?! This spicy chicken marinade is super flavorful and simple to make. Perfect for grilling season!
Prep Time5 mins
Marinating Time1 d
Total Time1 d 5 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: spicy chicken marinade
Yield: 1 serving
Author: Meghan Payne-Hensley

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup hot sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. lime juice

Instructions

  • Whisk together all ingredients in a bowl. Add chicken you are using to the marinade and stir to coat. Marinate for 1 hour or up to overnight in the refrigerator.

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