Chicken Thigh Marinade | Sweet and Spicy Marinade For Grilling

Sweet and spicy chicken thigh marinade is a delicious and easy-to-make marinade recipe that’s perfect for summertime barbecues, quick weeknight dinners, or any occasion.

Chicken Thigh Marinade in a glass serving bowl

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Why This Will Be Your Go-To Marinade

  • Fast. A quick marinade you can whip up and put to work in under 30 minutes.
  • Easy. Mix a few ingredients in a bowl and whisk until it creates a beautiful marinade.
  • Vegetarian. Use this tasty marinade to coat tofu or pour over your favorite veggie blend before tossing them on the grill.

How Long Should You Marinate Chicken Thighs?

When marinating chicken thighs, it’s best to marinate them for at least 30 minutes, but no more than 24 hours.

Marinating chicken thighs for a shorter period of time will still allow them to absorb some of the flavors and become moister while marinating them for longer can cause the meat to become mushy and develop a mealy texture.

It’s important to note that the marinade time may vary depending on the size and thickness of the chicken thighs. Thin or small chicken thighs may only need to marinate for a couple of hours, while larger or thicker chicken thighs may require up to 24 hours.

What Do You Put In A Chicken Marinade?

  • Minced Garlic
  • Minced Ginger
  • Sweet Chili Sauce
  • Soy Sauce
  • Sesame Oil
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Apple Cider Vinegar

How To Make Chicken Thigh Marinade

To make this chicken thigh marinade, you only need to follow two steps! It’s so simple, you’ll wonder why you have been spending a ton of money on premade marinades loaded with ingredients you can’t pronounce.

Here are the simple steps you’ll need to follow to get perfectly seasoned marinade every time:

  1. Pour all ingredients into a bowl.
  2. Whisk briskly until all ingredients are combined.
  3. Pour over some chicken thighs for a flavorful and tender bite.
Chicken Thigh Marinade in a glass serving jar on a wooden table


  • Make it low carb. If you’re looking for a low carb marinade, you can easily swap out the sweet chili sauce in this dish with liquid stevia and red pepper flakes. Remember that Stevia is extremely sweet tasting, so you will only need about 1/2 a teaspoon to achieve the same flavor profile.
  • Double it up. As long as you keep the portion of chicken marinade separate from the chicken until you’re going to cook it, you can double up the amount to keep flavorful, tender, and moist chicken on your table all week long.
  • Switch up the protein. If you have a different protein in your fridge or just need to switch up the flavors you’re serving up at your dinner table, check out some of the other cuts of meat that you can use with this chicken thigh marinade below!

What Other Proteins Can You Use It For?

The chicken marinade can be used on a variety of different meats, depending on your preferences and what you have available. Here are a few examples of meats that can be marinated using a chicken marinade:

  • Shellfish– Shrimp, scallops, and squid can be marinated to add flavor before grilling or sautéing.
  • Pork– Pork cuts such as tenderloin, chops, and shoulder can be marinated with a chicken thigh marinade to enhance the flavors.
  • Beef– Beef cuts such as flank steak, skirt steak, or sirloin can be marinated using a similar marinade. The acid in the marinade will help to break down the connective tissue, making the meat more tender.

How Long Does It Last?

Properly stored, a chicken thigh marinade can last for 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator. The marinade should be stored separately from the chicken, and in an airtight container, to prevent cross-contamination and bacteria growth.

Also, it’s essential to discard any marinade that has come into contact with raw chicken as it is not safe to consume. If you plan on using the marinade as a basting or a dipping sauce, set aside a separate portion that has not come into contact with raw chicken before marinating.

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Chicken Thigh Marinade | Sweet and Spicy Marinade For Grilling

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Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Course: Sauces

Cuisine: Asian

Keyword: asian chicken marinade, chicken marinade, chicken thigh marinade

Servings: 12 servings

Calories: 21kcal

Author: AshleyThompson

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  • Pour all ingredients into a bowl.

  • Whisk briskly until all ingredients are combined.

  • Pour over some chicken thighs for a flavorful and tender bite.

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Calories: 21kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 0.4g | Fat: 1g | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 2g

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