Make this simple, no fuss, Smoky Grilled Chicken Marinade to add extra flavor to your chicken before cooking on the BBQ. It’s good on steak, too.
Make this simple, no fuss, Smoky Grilled Chicken Marinade to add extra flavor to chicken before cooking on the BBQ. It's good on steak, too.

I am always on the lookout for new recipes to try, and nine times out of ten, we end up enjoying them! This simple marinade is full of flavor, and is a cinch to make. The recipe makes enough to marinate 4 pieces of chicken (shown in my photos) or it can also be used to marinate 2 beef steaks. This recipe can easily be doubled for larger quantities of meat.

I found this recipe years ago in one of the old cookbooks in my collection, and changed a couple things, to suit our taste. The original author said it is a “copycat” recipe from Stuart Anderson’s steakhouse. They use it primarily on steaks, but we think it is a FANTASTIC marinade for chicken! We haven’t had a Stuart Anderson’s restaurant in our city for many years, but I knew their marinade recipe HAD to be good. Guess what? It IS good!

NOTE: The meat you use will need to marinate for at least 4 hours (or overnight) for the BEST flavor, so plan ahead. I usually put the marinated meat into the refrigerator first thing in the morning, and it’s perfectly marinated by dinner time! EASY PEASY! Here’s how to make this smoky grilled chicken marinade.

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Making The Smoky Grilled Chicken Marinade Is EASY!

The ingredients in this marinade are Liquid Smoke (found in most grocery stores), garlic, oil, water, salt, red pepper flakes, and fresh parsley. Measure all of the ingredients (except for the meat) into a medium sized bowl. Whisk these ingredients well, for a couple minutes, until they become fully blended.

Ingredients to make the smoky grilled chicken marinade are mixed together in a bowl.After mixing, the flavorful marinade is ready to add to raw chicken.

Marinating The Chicken Pieces

Place 4 pieces chicken (I used 4 thighs) in a container with a lid OR in a re-sealable plastic bag. Pour the marinade over the meat, and then seal the bag. Make sure some of the marinade covers all sides of the meat.

Place the sealed bag in the refrigerator and let the meat marinate for at least 4 hours OR overnight. Occasionally turn the bag over to re-distribute the marinade, for best results.

Four chicken thighs are soaking in the marinade in a re-sealable bag for several hours.

Onto The Grill They Go!

Remove the chicken from the marinade after it has marinated for at least 4 hours. You can discard any remaining marinade. Cook the chicken (or steaks, if using) on a hot BBQ grill until done.

Chicken is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 160°F (white meat) and 165°F (dark meat). **If using the marinade for steaks, cook them to your desired doneness. Once done, transfer the cooked meat to a serving platter.

Chicken cooking on the BBQ after soaking in the smoky grilled chicken marinade for hours.

Ready To Enjoy Some Delicious Grilled Chicken!

Now you’re ready to enjoy the chicken with it’s nice flavor from the smoky grilled chicken marinade. Serve the chicken (or steak) with a couple of your favorite side dishes and enjoy a delicious, simple meal.

Grilled chicken thighs are ready to enjoy after marinating in sauce, then being grilled.Ready to eat the chicken flavored with smoky grilled chicken marinade,The grilled chicken thighs have a nice smoky flavor and are served with fruit salad and rice.

I hope you’ll try this simple recipe for smoky grilled chicken marinade. It imparts a nice, “smoky” flavor to the chicken (or steaks, if using), which we really enjoy. Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you’ll come back soon for more family-friendly recipes. Have a great day!

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Recipe adapted from: the book “Top Secret Restaurant Recipes”, by Todd Wilbur, published 1997 by The Penguin Group, page 281.

Smoky Grilled Chicken Marinade
Prep Time
5 mins
Marinating Time (inactive prep)
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins
 

Make this simple, no fuss, Smoky Grilled Chicken Marinade to add extra flavor to your chicken before cooking on the BBQ. It's good on steak, too.

Category: Grilling Sauce, Marinades
Cuisine: American
Keyword: smoky grilled chicken marinade
Servings: 1 TOTAL AMOUNT
Calories Per Serving: 80 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 4 teaspoons Liquid Smoke
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • ½ cup water
  • teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon minced, fresh parsley
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes , optional, but good
Enough for 4 pieces chicken OR 2 beef steaks
    Instructions
    1. Measure all ingredients (except for the meat) in a medium sized bowl. Whisk well for a couple minutes, until fully blended.

    2. Place 4 pieces chicken (or 2 steaks) in a flat container with a lid OR in a re-sealable plastic bag. Pour marinade into the bag/container; seal bag/container. Make sure all sides of meat are covered with some of the marinade. Place bag/container in refrigerator. Let meat marinate at least 4 hours OR overnight. Occasionally turn bag (or meat in container) over to re-distribute the marinade, for best flavor. When ready to cook, remove meat from bag or container. Discard marinade.

    3. Cook chicken on a hot BBQ grill until done. Chicken is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 160°F (white meat) and 165°F (dark meat). If using the marinade for steaks, cook them to your liking. Once done, transfer the cooked meat to a serving platter. Serve, and enjoy!

    Recipe Notes

    NOTES: The total amount of marinade is enough for 4 pieces of chicken OR 2 steaks, but can easily be doubled.

    Nutrition Facts
    Smoky Grilled Chicken Marinade
    Amount Per Serving (1 Total Amount Of Marinade)
    Calories 80 Calories from Fat 72
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 8g12%
    Saturated Fat 7g44%
    Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
    Monounsaturated Fat 1g
    Sodium 3542mg154%
    Potassium 32mg1%
    Carbohydrates 2g1%
    Fiber 1g4%
    Sugar 1g1%
    Protein 1g2%
    Vitamin A 32IU1%
    Vitamin C 2mg2%
    Calcium 19mg2%
    Iron 1mg6%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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