Our Fav Grilled Chicken Marinade Recipe, your goto “nothing fancy” down-home delicious grilled meal. Balsamic and onions = a flavor festival.
Grilled Chicken

This is, “That Recipe”. The one you use all the time. The simple. The easy. The YUMMY.

I think most everyone has a recipe like this.  It’s the one you pull out when you want a, “nothing fancy,” but absolutely delicious, type of down-home satisfying grilled meal.

Recipe Notes:

Marinading Time: This recipe is best when marinated overnight. Six to eight hours will do in a pinch, but it honestly is much, much better when marinated overnight. The balsamic vinegar gives the chicken a nice sweetness.

Onions: The recipe has a couple of onions in the marinade. They, of course, add great flavor but also make a nice veggie side. Cut the onion fairly thick, so it’s easier to flip when you’re grilling. I generally grill plain peppers and corn that have not been marinated alongside to round out the meal.


Everday Simple Marinated Grilled Chicken
5 from 2 votes

Everday Simple Marinated Grilled Chicken

Our Fav Grilled Chicken Marinade Recipe, your goto "nothing fancy" down-home delicious grilled meal. Balsamic and onions = a flavor festival.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 273 kcal
Author Kathleen



  • 1/3 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1/3 Cup Soy Sauce
  • 1/3 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 4 Large Garlic Cloves Minced
  • 1 Package Good Seasons Italian Dressing
  • 6 Boneless Skinless Breast Halves, Trimmed
  • 2 Yellow Onions Thickly Sliced


  1.  Add the olive oil, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, minced garlic and the Good Seasons Italian Dressing package to a 1 gallon Ziploc bag and carefully seal it then swish everything together well.  Add chicken breasts and onion.  Press out as much of the air from the bag as possible and reseal it.  Place on a rimmed dish or plate in case bag leaks.  Refrigerate until ready to grill.  Flip bag halfway through marinating time.

  2. When you're ready to grill, prepare grill by heating and lightly oiling.  Remove chicken and onion from marinade and shake off excess marinade.  Discard marinade.  Grill chicken on high for about 4-6 minutes, depending on the temperature of your grill.  Flip and repeat until done.  Grill onions with a foil pan over them, flipping as they brown, for about 15-20 minutes.

  3.  When chicken is cooked, remove to a platter to allow the chicken to rest for about 7 minutes. Serve

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Nutritional Information

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Nutrition Facts
Everday Simple Marinated Grilled Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 273 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 72mg 24%
Sodium 858mg 36%
Potassium 522mg 15%
Total Carbohydrates 7g 2%
Sugars 3g
Protein 25g 50%
Vitamin A 0.7%
Vitamin C 5.7%
Calcium 2.4%
Iron 5.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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