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My Favorite Easy Marinades

It is Memorial Day weekend which means summer is just around the corner and it seems the warmer temperatures are finally, well hopefully here to stay!  Summer to me means moving a lot of my cooking outside so I can enjoy the fresh air instead of being in the kitchen.  I also find cooking on the grill = less mess in the kitchen and a little less clean up which gets me outside more as well!

Summer also means a lot of picnics or easy leftover nights so we can stay and play at the beach or pool longer.  I  find grilled meats are great for picnics or leftovers because they taste good at room temperature as well.    If you feel the same way I thought it would be helpful to share some of my favorite easy marinades that I use on rotation for chicken and pork.  I actually don’t marinate my steak.  I have found that if you buy a good quality piece all it needs is a little salt (and sometimes garlic and herbs).

My Favorite Easy Marinades for Chicken or Pork

I recommend you marinate for 3-4 hours at a minimum or up to 24 hours.  Doing it the night before is actually helpful to make the morning less stressful.  I also sometimes like to buy my meat in bulk and marinate it when I separate it before I freeze it.

Honey Harissa:

  • 2 lbs pork tenderloin or chicken
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp tumeric
  • 1 tsp harissa

Grilled Honey Harissa Pork Tenderloin - Photo


Marinate Time: 4 hours is enough but this is really really good if you do it over night

  • 3 lbs chicken or pork tenderloin
  • 1/2 cup soy or coconut aminos
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/8 tsp ground ginger or 2 tsp freshly grated ginger

Teriyaki Grill Marinade - Photo

Rosemary & Garlic Marinade:

  • 2 lbs pork tenderloin or chicken
  • 1 TBS Olive Oil
  • 1 TSP Salt
  • A Bunch of Rosemary
  • 1 TSP Minced Garlic (about 2 cloves)

Chicken Marinades


My Spinach Pesto Makes a great marinade!  I use half of this batch to marinade and then save the rest for a drizzle or dipping after (add 2 tbsp of water if you want to drizzle)

Grilled Chicken with Pesto - Photo


Use my Easy Yogurt Ranch Dip & Dressing as a Marinade

Healthy & Simple Yogurt Chicken Kebabs – check out the full recipe here!

Yogurt Marinated Chicken Kebabs

Mixed Herb

  • 1.5 lbs chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 lemon squeezed
  • A handful of mixed herbs about 2tbs chopped

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