Southwestern Chicken Marinade

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins

This is a great way to prepare chicken for company -- but it's so easy and quick, it's also a perfect entree for "gotta-make-a-quick-dinner" nights!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix together marinade ingredients.
  2. Coat chicken in marinade.
  3. (Optional: allow chicken to marinate 1-2 hours. On evenings when I don't have time to let it sit, though, it still tastes good when it goes straight to the grill!).
  4. Grill chicken.


Most Helpful

This was a really tasty marinade. Smoky without being spicy. Gives a real aroma and flavor of the Southwest, reminiscent of mesquite grilling. It definitely needs salt, as the other reviewers have said. I do not like balsamic vinegar generally, especially balsamic reduction - but it is undetectable in this dish and serves as a hearty backbone to the spices.

Rebecca T. October 07, 2015

I usually don't review a recipe w/changes but I can't seem to add a private note (which I usually can). The only change I made was to double everything and swap out the vinegar for lime juice, and added about a TBSP extra EVOO and a splash of water to thin it a bit. Smells delicious, can't wait to try the finished product (it is marinating right now). Smells very authentic. I used about 1/2 tsp each S & P. THANKS!

Chef Romano-Clarke January 01, 2015

This was super, super easy and absolutely delicious. I left the marinade on all day and the chicken breasts were to die for.

Vinca June 18, 2012

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