A simple and perfect combination of flavors comes together in this quick chicken marinade. This sweet-and-savory Honey Garlic Chicken Marinade is our go-to for delicious chicken every time. 

Prep: 5 mins.Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 4 servings 1x


  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, thighs, or legs*
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil or olive oil
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon coconut aminos** 
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ½ teaspoon fine salt
  • teaspoon black pepper
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes (optional) 


  1. Place chicken in a large bowl, zip-top plastic bag (or a freezer-safe container, if you plan to freeze the chicken).
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, lemon juice, coconut aminos, garlic, honey, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes (if using). Taste and adjust salt and pepper as desired.
  3. Pour the marinade over the chicken, cover bowl or close bag. Gently toss or massage to coat the chicken pieces evenly.
  4. Marinate the covered chicken in the refrigerator for a minimum of 4 hours and a maximum of 2-3 days before cooking. Or, to freeze, remove as much air from the freezer-safe container as possible, and freeze the chicken in the marinade for up to 2 months. 


*If using chicken legs, increase to 1½ pounds

**Can substitute 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce, tamari, or shoyu. Read more about why we recommend coconut aminos in this post.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: 4 oz marinated chicken breast
  • Calories: 138
  • Fat: 4 g
  • (Sat Fat: 1 g)
  • Sodium: 274 mg
  • Carbohydrate: 2 g
  • (Fiber: 0 g
  • Sugar: 2 g)
  • Protein: 23 g
  • Cholesterol: 66 mg


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