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Garlic Soy & Lime Chicken Marinade


This is by far, my favorite chicken marinade! The soy in the marinade acts as a brine and makes this chicken come out incredibly juicy! I don’t think I have used any other marinade since I starting using this one. I marinade mine over night and grill it in large batches to eat for lunches during the week. 🙂

Here are your ingredients:

  • 1/4 soy sauce (I use low sodium)
  • 4 large garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • juice from 2 limes
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • About 2 lbs of chicken

Dump all of your ingredients in either a mason jar or a ziploc bag and shake it up.

I like to pound my chicken breast to about a half inch thick so they cook faster. I usually use a pound of chicken breasts and use half of my jar of marinade. I just save the other half in the jar in the fridge. It’ll keep for a couple weeks.

Soy Garlic Lime Chicken Marinade

Add all of your chicken to a ziploc bag and pour in your marinade. You should let it marinade over night…that will give you the juiciest chicken 🙂 Soy Garlic & Lime Chicken Marinade

After you’ve marinaded your chicken, you can prepare it however you’d like. I like to grill mine because it stays nice and juicy and the flavor from the grill really brings out that liquid smoke flavor 🙂  I grill mine on hight heat for 4 minutes per side.

Soy garlic lime chicken marinade

And that’s it! Let me know what you think! 🙂

Garlic Soy & Lime Chicken Marinade
  • 1/4 soy sauce I use low sodium
  • 4 cloves large garlic minced
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • juice from 2 limes
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper optional
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 lbs chicken
  1. Combine all of your ingredients besides the chicken in either a jar or a ziploc bag
  2. Add chicken to a container with a lid or a ziploc bag and pour in your marinade
  3. Marinade over night
  4. Prepare by grilling until the internal temperature of your chicken reaches at least 165 degrees.
  5. Enjoy!

The Best Chicken Marinade


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  • Petra @ Crumbles and Kale
    June 6, 2016 at 7:50 am

    This marinade sounds so lovely and fresh!I love your page!

  • Linda
    June 11, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    How much difference to you think the liquid smoke makes? How do you think it would work without it?

    • Coco and Ash
      June 16, 2016 at 6:09 pm

      Linda the liquid smoke is a big part of what makes this taste SO good! You can try it without the liquid smoke and I’m sure it will taste fine but I’d encourage you to try it with it and see how great it is. You can find it in the grocery store around the bbq sauces and marinades 🙂

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