Krystal's Perfect Marinade for BBQ or Grilled Chicken Recipe -
Krystal's Perfect Marinade for BBQ or Grilled Chicken Recipe
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Krystal's Perfect Marinade for BBQ or Grilled Chicken

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"My sister was kind enough to share this wonderful marinade. It tastes better than just teriyaki sauce. This marinade sauce is awesome. The perfect marinade. To use the marinade, pierce up to 4 pounds of chicken pieces all over with a fork and marinade 2 hours before cooking as desired."

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Original recipe makes 1 3/4 cups Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins

    10 mins


  1. Whisk together the brown sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, sesame oil, garlic, and pepper until the sugar has dissolved.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 20, 2009

Very nice marinade for chicken! I left out the sesame oil, used low sodium soy sauce and cut the black pepper down to 1/4 tsp. In order to give this a sort of sweet and smoky flavor I added 1 tsp. of liquid smoke. I let this marinate all day. The brown sugar carmelized the chicken on the grill and the result was very nice in both color and flavor. It went great with rice and veggies!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 26, 2010

uhmmmm - ok and kids did eat, but IMO too much sesame oil. Balsamic vinegar is better on its own IMO, not mixed with soy sauce and sesame oil.

Jun 16, 2009

SO DELICIOUS! Even got a "Wow!" out of my husband. Took 5 frozen chicken breasts and put them in a big zip loc with the marinade and stuck in a bowl of warm water to defrost. 2 hours later, grilled on my stove (on grill pan, we were out of propane!) and the chicken was moist and "wow" quality. The key is to grill on low heat to retain the juices. This is a simple and quick recipe I will make again and again. Served with spicy vegetable chow mein and hawaiian rolls.

Aug 14, 2009

I made the marinade for chicken while camping. We enjoyed it, though, it was a tad salty (and I LOVE salt), even though I used reduced sodium soy sauce. Soy was the predominant flavor I got from these; if I make them again I think I'll reduce the soy a bit and bump up the balsamic. TY for a nice marinade!

Jun 10, 2009

The Best! I marinated boneless, skinless chicken breasts overnight plus 6 hours. My husband grilled them on the charcoal grill. The chicken was perfectly tender and full of flavor. No modifications of the ingredients made.

Mar 16, 2010

Uhh, this marinade really IS perfect! I had four thin sliced chicken breasts that I marinaded in it for about five hours. It was AMAZING. I was dubious initially, but I was proven very wrong! It grilled up beautifully. I topped it with an avocado/tomato/onion mixture and my DH said it was Top Chef quality. I highly recommend.

Jul 07, 2009

Overall the flavor was good. However, next time I'll cut the sugar in half. Too sweet for us. This may be the cook eror though... Marinaded longer than the stated 2 hours.

Jul 09, 2012

i had 15 minutes before church and i threw these ingredients together poured it over my boneless, skinless chicken thighs and left it alone for 8 hours... grilled it over a charcoal bbq and they were fantastic... the quickest easiest best tasting chicken i have had in a long time...


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  • Calories
  • 190 kcal
  • 9%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 21.1 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 11.7 g
  • 18%
  • Fiber
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 1.4 g
  • 3%
  • Sodium
  • 1088 mg
  • 44%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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