Looking for an easy way to marinate chicken? Follow these easy steps, for this simple Grilled BBQ Marinated Chicken Recipe!

Grilled BBQ Marinated Chicken with cilantro garnish

Friends, summer is here, and our grill is ready! Yours, too? Here’s a link to our favorite grills! And this process today is so easy!

Grilled BBQ Marinated Chicken

All you need are a couple ingredients and you’re set. Serve this chicken with my Best Potato Salad or Summer Squash Salad Recipe (my new go-to), and then how about Old-Fashioned Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream for dessert?

platter of Grilled BBQ Marinated Chicken thighs

Appetizers that pair well with grilled marinated chicken

We love fresh appetizers like these, too:

Grilled Zucchini Corn Toasts

Corn Queso Dip Recipe

BLT Endive Bites

Garden Tri Tip Crostini

Bacon Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

holding a round plate of Grilled BBQ Marinated Chicken

Ingredients for marinated chicken thighs

This easy chicken marinade that comes together in minutes for the best grilled or baked chicken ever!

All you need for this recipe is:

  • Sweet & Spicy Pineapple BBQ Sauce (or your favorite–we bought at Costco)
  • Chicken thighs (chicken breasts work, too!)
  • Salt
  • Cilantro (garnish)

Simple!

plate of Grilled BBQ Marinated Chicken thighs

How to marinate chicken thighs

  1. Add the chicken to a large Ziploc bag.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together 1 cup barbecue sauce and 1 1/4 tsp salt. Pour the sauce onto the chicken, press out the air, then toss the chicken to coat completely with the marinade.
  3. Refrigerate overnight or for at least 8 hours.

The secret is to let the chicken marinate long enough to pick up the delicious flavors. For years now, we’ve used this simple grilled chicken marinade that I quickly throw together when grilling chicken. The ingredients you can keep on hand!

Grilled BBQ Marinated Chicken Thighs

Can I freeze chicken in this marinade?

Yes! It works perfectly to freeze chicken in this marinade. Here are the steps.

Ziploc bags. Place chicken into Ziploc bags and pour over the marinade. Make sure that all of the chicken is well coated. Remove as much air as possible as you seal the bag. Label the bag with the contents and date.

Freeze. Arrange in the freezer so that the container is as flat as possible. Freeze for up to 3 months.

Thaw. Remove from the freezer and thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Cook the chicken according to your favorite chicken recipe (grill or bake). Don’t forget to discard the marinade.

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Beautiful sunset Sunriver, Oregon

Friends, the sunset was unreal this past week. Our friends were staying with us, and after dinner we drove down to the marina.

sunset

Just look at this beauty. We sat for the longest time and just watched the sky! Be still my heart. And just look at Mt. Bachelor!

I love summer, out of town company, good food, and the sky!

You, too?

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Grilled BBQ Marinated Chicken

Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ c sweet & spicy pineapple BBQ sauce, or other BBQ sauce
  • 1.5- 2 lbs chicken thighs, about 8 chicken thighs, rinsed
  • 1 ¼ tsp salt

Instructions

  • Add the chicken to a large zip top bag.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together 1 cup barbecue sauce and 1 1/4 tsp salt. Pour the sauce onto the chicken, press out the air, then toss the chicken to coat completely with the marinade.
  • Refrigerate overnight, or for at least 8 hours.
  • Before you grill, set the chicken out for at least an hour to come to room temperature.
  • Broil under high for 3-4 minutes per side or grill on medium-high and cook for 3-4 minutes per side. When you flip the chicken, brush with the remaining 1/4 cup of barbecue sauce.
  • Remove from heat and allow to rest for about 5 minutes before serving.
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Grilled BBQ Marinated Chicken

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