Beer Marinade for Chicken
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Beer marinade for chicken is a simple recipe with fresh ingredients that creates the most tender and flavorful chicken ever! No chopping required.
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This simple marinade is made with fresh ingredients. It creates the most tender and flavorful chicken ever! And, it couldn’t be easier to make. You just blend it in your food processor and marinate!
Beer Marinade for Chicken
This quick chicken marinade has become my go-to recipe when I grill chicken breast. It’s got loads of flavor from the beer, garlic, and fresh herbs. It’s definitely a crowd-pleaser.
The chicken breasts end up being so tender and juicy that I get loads of compliments when I serve it. I hope you’ll try it today.
If you’d prefer not to use a disposable bag, you can marinade this in a glass container with a tightly fitting lid. Just be sure the chicken is completely covered in marinade.
What type of beer is best for marinade?
This all really depends on your personal taste preferences. You can use any type of wheat-based beer. Beer has enzymes that help it to break down the fibers in meat.
This is what makes it such a wonderful base for marinades. It almost guarantees the meat will be tender when it’s done cooking.
How to make a beer chicken marinade
This is really one of the easiest marinades ever! All you need to do is add the chicken to a freezer bag and pour in the marinade.
After working the mixture around for a few minutes, you will let the chicken marinate in the refrigerator for three to 24 hours before grilling it.
What else can I use this marinade on?
You can use this beer marinade for chicken with any type of meat. Why not try it on steak or pork next time?
If you don’t have chicken breasts, you can use this quick chicken marinade on thighs, wings, or drumsticks. Just adjust the cooking time based on the size and type of meat you’re preparing.
Beer marinade for freezer meals
One of the easiest ways to make mealtime preparation easier is to start out with some type of freezer meal.
If you want to cook grilled chicken breast, simply combine this marinade along with the chicken in a gallon-sized freezer bag and freeze.
Take the frozen meat out of the freezer the night before and place it in the refrigerator to defrost. When it’s dinner time, the marinade will have infused flavors throughout the chicken.
Cook it as you would normally either on the grill or in the oven.
What can I do with leftover chicken?
If you have leftovers after grilling with this beer chicken marinade, you can simply enjoy it cold the next day. Cold chicken makes a wonderful topping for any type of garden or chef salad.
Or, if you’d prefer to use it in another recipe for dinner, why not try it in one of these.
Chicken Noodle Casserole is loaded with tender meat, veggies, cheese, and a delicious cream sauce. Make this recipe tonight in under an hour!
Crockpot White Chicken Chili is an easy dinner recipe idea for busy weeknights. Tender chicken is slow-cooked with zesty spices and white beans – topped with cheese, chips, cilantro, and sour cream. Yum!
More marinade recipes
If you enjoyed this beer marinade for chicken, I have a few more marinade recipes that you might want to try next time.
Garlic lime all-purpose marinade is a simple recipe that comes together in a snap and creates the most amazingly flavorful, moist, and tender meat dishes. Perfect on chicken, pork, steaks, and seafood.
Chipotle lime marinade takes only 20 minutes to prepare. The sweet honey, tart lime, spicy chiles, and garlic flavors make a wonderful marinade. It really just has a little kick but isn’t too spicy.
Tequila Lime Grilled Chicken is bursting with flavor. Fresh lime and Jose Cuervo Gold are the stars of this simple marinade! This easy recipe is marinated overnight for the most fabulous flavor.
With love from our simple kitchen to yours.
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Beer Marinade for Chicken
- 5 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, trimmed and washed
- 1/4 cup olive oil, extra virgin
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons fresh basil, or 3 teaspoons dried
- 1 tablespoons fresh oregano, or 2 teaspoons dried
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, or 1 teaspoon dried
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 6 cloves garlic, large cloves, smashed
- 12 ounces bottle dark ale beer, I used Black Toad from Trader Joe's
- Place chicken in a 1 gallon resealable plastic bag. Set aside.
- Combine olive oil, lemon juice, basil, oregano, thyme, salt, pepper and garlic in your food processor or blender.
- Blend until your mixture is smooth. Combine 1/4 cup marinade mix and 1/2 cup beer in an airtight container, reserve this mixture. Place in the refrigerator.
- Pour the remaining marinade mixture and 1 cup (8 ounces) of beer over the chicken in the resealable bag.
- Squeeze out as much air as possible and reseal bag. Turn your bag a few times to make sure chicken is well coated with the marinade. Allow the chicken to marinate in refrigerator for 3 -24 hours.
- Preheat yours grill to medium-high.
- Remove the chicken and reserved marinade from refrigerator and set on the counter to come to room temperature, about 30 to 60 minutes (you never want to grill cold meat, the temperature change will toughen the meat).
- Grill the chicken about 3 minutes per side. When you turn your chicken apply the reserved marinade to the cooked side of the chicken. Grill the other side until your chicken is seared nicely and when you press down on the chicken it is firm but not hard.
- Remove from the grill and place on a tray, tent the chicken with foil.
- Allow the chicken to rest for 5-10 minutes, to redistribute the juices.
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.
Originally published May 2012, updated and republished March 2021
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You already know how much I like this flavor combination. Nice job incorporating so many fresh herbs. I'm sure it was delicious!
Yum! I should have eaten before I started reading this post. I love grilled chicken … and beer … and lemon, etc. etc.
Given how intensely my friends and family love beer, I know they would love this!
this sounds absolutely delicious! i need to try this!
can you sub something for the lemon basil? ie lemon juice….basil
Absolutely you can use fresh basil. Enjoy and let us know how it goes.
could this be cooked in the crockpot ??
Do you ever wonder how that finger test method was actually discovered….the images of people sitting around….and yes, beer is involved……lol
But I HATE beer and garlic! Oh wait, no one has ever said that:)
This looks like a powerfully good grilled chicken. I'll have to give it a shot although buttermilk grilled chicken is hard to beat.
Hmmm, buttermilk grilled chicken?? Sounds great! Got the recipe?
Did not se where you used the 1/2 cup of reserved beer. Did I miss something ??
It is part of the reserved marinade. The 1/4 cup marinade mixture and the 1/2 cup beer.
What would work in place of the beer?
My question also, what do you do with the 1/2 cup reserved beer?
Chris, you mentioned something that caught my eye…buttermilk grilled chicken. Do you have the recipe or where I can find it? Thanks!
Does this freeze well? I'm a meal prep-er 🙂
Can I substitute the beer with something else?
This recipe looks great!
These are so tasty! Putting chicken in Marinade is a good way for a flavorful meal.