Garlic Soy Chicken Marinade Recipe

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Elevate your chicken dishes with this flavorful Garlic Soy Chicken Marinade.

Perfect for grilling, baking, or stir-frying, this marinade infuses the chicken with a delicious blend of savory soy sauce, fragrant garlic, and a touch of sweetness.

Follow these simple steps to create a tasty and versatile marinade that will make your chicken irresistibly delicious.


  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup honey or brown sugar
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds (900g) chicken breasts, thighs, or drumsticks


  • Mixing bowl
  • Whisk
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Resealable plastic bag or shallow dish
  • Grill or baking sheet (depending on cooking method)


Prepare the Marinade:

In a mixing bowl, combine the soy sauce, olive oil, honey (or brown sugar), minced garlic, rice vinegar, sesame oil, grated fresh ginger (if using), and ground black pepper.

Whisk the ingredients together until well combined and the honey is fully dissolved.

Marinate the Chicken:

Place the chicken pieces in a resealable plastic bag or a shallow dish.

Pour the marinade over the chicken, ensuring all pieces are well coated.

Seal the bag or cover the dish and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to 4 hours. For best results, marinate for 2-4 hours to allow the flavors to fully penetrate the chicken.

Cooking the Chicken:Grilling Method:

  • Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
  • Remove the chicken from the marinade and discard any remaining marinade.
  • Grill the chicken for 6-8 minutes per side (for breasts and thighs), or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (75°C).
Baking Method:
  • Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  • Place the marinated chicken on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or foil.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes (for breasts and thighs), or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (75°C).
Stir-Frying Method:

Heat a tablespoon of oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat.

Add the marinated chicken pieces and stir-fry for 6-8 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and has a nice caramelized exterior.

Serve and Enjoy:

Remove the cooked chicken from the heat and let it rest for a few minutes before serving.

Serve the Garlic Soy Chicken with your favorite sides such as steamed rice, roasted vegetables, or a fresh salad.

Tips and Variations:

For extra flavor, reserve a small portion of the marinade (before adding the chicken) to drizzle over the cooked chicken as a finishing sauce.

Add a pinch of red pepper flakes to the marinade for a spicy kick.

Substitute chicken with other proteins such as pork, beef, or tofu for a different variation.

Nutritional Information (per serving):

  • Note: Nutritional values may vary depending on portion size and specific ingredients used.

Enjoy Your Garlic Soy Chicken!

This Garlic Soy Chicken Marinade is a versatile and delicious way to prepare chicken.

Whether you grill, bake, or stir-fry, the savory and slightly sweet marinade will infuse the chicken with incredible flavor.

Perfect for weeknight dinners or special occasions, this recipe is sure to become a family favorite.

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