BEST Chicken Coffee Marinade Recipe

BEST Chicken Coffee Marinade Recipe for any season of grilling or baking chicken thighs or breasts, for easy dinner party, potluck, or holiday gathering!

BEST Chicken Coffee Marinade Recipe

Sharing another meal together with friends this past week (and this BEST Chicken Coffee Marinade Recipe), we’re continuting to learn more about our area and new surroundings. I say “new,” because it’s only been one year since we moved to central Oregon, and now having experienced all 4 seasons, we’ve barely dipped our toes in the water, with so much to do to experience the beauty around us.

Let us come alive to the splendor that is all around us and see the beauty in ordinary things. – Thomas Merten

BEST Chicken Coffee Marinade Recipe

After a record year for snow, Paul and I hiked up by Mt. Bachelor in our shorts and sunglasses last month, just one of the many hikes we wanted to do. (Are you following my outings on my Instagram stories? @sandycoughlinRE )

BEST Chicken Coffee Marinade Recipe

Knowing guests were coming to dinner, we needed to keep it short, but it was a beautiful, brief respite from the heat, and we cooled off several times by laying in the snow!

BEST Chicken Coffee Marinade Recipe

We ended up at Dutchman Flat Nordic Trails, and as you can see, the snow level would have been mighty high this past winter.

BEST Chicken Coffee Marinade Recipe

We hiked to the end of the trail in the snow!

The snow felt so good.

BEST Chicken Coffee Marinade Recipe

BEST Chicken Coffee Marinade Recipe

Back home, we had chicken marinating (love this BEST Chicken Coffee Marinade Recipe) and a salad in the fridge. Dinner was almost ready!

We love barbecue chicken in the summertime!

This recipe has coffee, which always give a marinade the BEST flavor.

In fact, we often double or triple the marinade recipe, marinate the chicken, and then freeze in plastic bags.

Make sure and mark with a Sharpie pen on each bag how many pieces of chicken are inside, so you know if you need 1 or 2 bags for your meal!

This makes entertaining super easy when you know company is coming, because you remove a bag of chicken from the freezer, defrost, and put on the grill!

Garnish with fresh chives  or herbs from the garden!

Serve with BEST Potato Salad or Italian Spaghetti Salad, this fantastic Green Mango Salad, Honey Buttermilk Bread, and Orange Creamsicle Freezer Dessert!

BEST Chicken Coffee Marinade Recipe

BEST Chicken Coffee Marinade Recipe
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BEST Chicken Coffee Marinade Recipe

Total Time2 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 8 -10


  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar we use DeLallo
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup strong coffee
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • cup lemon or lime juice
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. dried rosemary
  • 2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 8-10 chicken breasts or 4-5 lb chicken
  • Fresh chives


  • Whisk together all ingredients, except for chicken, in a large plastic Ziploc bag.
  • Add the chicken; close securely and remove the air out of the bag.
  • Marinate for up to 24 hours, or freeze right away!
  • If grilling, prepare the grill and grill the chicken on each side until cooked.
  • Let rest for 5 minutes before serving; garnish with fresh chives!

BEST Chicken Coffee Marinade Recipe


5 comments on “BEST Chicken Coffee Marinade Recipe”

  1. do you freeze with the liquid marinade in the bag or do you let it sit first, dump the marinade and only freeze the chicken? Thanks

  2. I made this for a party I did served it to about 40 people. Nearly EVERYONE asked me for the recipe. It is amazing!! Thank you my friend.

  3. This looks divine I can’t wait to make it!

  4. How interesting…can’t wait to try.

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