Italian Marinated Barbecued Chicken

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 20 mins

Chicken barbecued using this marinade is d-lish! I needed a marinade for barbecued chicken but was totally out of my quick fix marinade--Italian dressing--so I threw this together. The flavor reminds me of mouth-watering, slow-barbecued firehall/church fundraiser barbecued chicken. I used 12 medium-sized drumsticks (2 per person to serve six), but you could use any chicken pieces you prefer. Please note preparation time does not include time to marinate.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine all ingredients (except chicken) and whisk thoroughly.
  2. In a wide, shallow re-sealable dish, arrange chicken pieces in one layer (Note: A gallon-sized baggie could be used instead).
  3. Pour marinade over chicken pieces and cover dish.
  4. Marinate refrigerated for 2-24 hours, occasionally turning chicken pieces for full coverage.
  5. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
  6. Grill chicken for 20-30 minutes, turning and basting with marinade every five minutes, until cooked through. Chicken is cooked through when a fork pierced through the thickest part releases clear juice, or the internal temperature reaches 170°F.
  7. Serve and enjoy!
Most Helpful

A great marinade! Other than using chicken pieces I made as posted - delicious chicken, moist and full of flavor, perfect for an Italian themed meal. Have this one set aside for our summer back yard cook outs. Made for the Auz/NZ swap.

Gerry April 28, 2010

This marinate was just wonderful! I also marinated overnight. The chicken was moist, tender with a lot of flavor! I did use thighs instead of drumsticks!

RecipeNut October 23, 2008

Excellant marinade - I also sometimes use bottled Italian dressing for a quick and easy marinade and this is a great alternative. The whole family enjoyed it so much, I may make it again for our 4th of July cook-out. This reminds me of a favorite marinade recipe I used years ago and lost - I'm so glad to find this one to replace it! Made and enjoyed for Aussie/NZ Recipe Swap #17.

Sweet Diva June 30, 2008