Best Chicken Marinades

10 Best Chicken Marinades in plastic bags horizontally placed on a white background.

These Best Chicken Marinades come in 10 different flavors and are perfect year round for quick and easy dinners! All 10 of these recipes are gluten free, dairy free, and are made with minimal ingredients for maximum flavor and ease. These marinades are perfect for meal prepping for simple meals pre-made for your freezer. There’s a little something for everyone with all these flavor choices, and I’ve included some ideas below for how to make these a full meal as well.

10 Best Chicken Marinades in Ziplock bags on a white background.

My 5 Instant Pot Marinades from a couple of years ago were so popular I did 5 More Instant Pot Marinades. But here’s the thing, I love all of those marinades, but I mostly like to bake or grill mine. So with some encouragement from you all, I set to work to have some marinade recipes we could all enjoy, (without needing an instant pot). These marinades are made specifically for the grill or the oven, so they’re perfect for year round dinners.

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Best Classic Chicken Salad

Chicken salad in a speckled pottery bowl on a white background with sliced almonds around it and a blue and white linen behind the bowl.

This Chicken Salad is the best classic recipe made in the traditional way with grapes and toasted almonds. There’s also a variation made with dried cranberries perfect for the winter months as well. It’s naturally gluten free, dairy free, paleo, and there’s no mayo options as well. It’s a healthy chicken salad made with all real food ingredients, and perfect served over a bed of green for extra veggies!

Chicken Salad in a speckled pottery bowl with a gold serving spoon and a blue and white linen behind the bowl.

Sweet juicy grapes, crunchy celery, toasted almond all combine together with the chicken and savory dressing to make the best chicken salad ever! I already have an Avocado Chicken Salad recipe on the blog which is super tasty. However the avocado doesn’t keep as well, and so we definitely need the classic recipe here too.

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Barbacoa Burrito Bowls

A large black bowl filled with all the ingredients for the Barbacoa Burrito Bowl, (Cilantro Lime Rice, Barbacoa Beef, Fajita Veggies, Pico de Gallo, & Guacamole) on a metal tray.

Better than Chipotle for sure! These beef Barbacoa Burrito Bowls are easy to make, and pack in so much flavor you’re going to want to make them often. There’s lots of extra tips and recipes provided to make these dairy free and paleo as well if you’d like. We love making the different parts of this burrito bowl for meal prep. That way you have everything ready to go in the fridge, and can make burrito bowls all week long. Or you can serve this right away for family style dinner where everyone can ‘build their bowl’!

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Tender juicy beef piled over my Cilantro Lime Rice with Fajita Veggies and all the toppings. Yes please, and can I have these every single week?! My beef Barbacoa is extra easy to make thanks to the Instant Pot, and all of the components to this bowl can be made ahead of time too.

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No Bake Energy Bites (10 Flavors!)

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Who needs a super easy and healthy snack recipe? These No Bake Energy Bites come in 10 different flavors so you’ll never get bored. You can whip up a batch of these in just minutes. From there, your fridge and freezer will be loaded with quick grab and go healthy snacks. Each of the 10 recipe flavors are gluten free, dairy free, and can be vegan as well.

8 of the 10 Flavors of No Bake Energy Bites on a white background laid out in rows.

These energy bites are my new favorite thing to meal prep! They come together in just minutes, and they keep well in the fridge and freezer. That means I always have a healthy snack on hand with just minutes of prep work.

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Best Broccoli Salad (Classic Recipe)

Broccoli Salad in a speckled pottery bowl with a blue and white striped linen, gold serving spoons, and dressing and sunflower seeds by it.

Did you grow eating Broccoli Salad? This classic recipe was at pretty much every bbq and potluck I ever went to growing up. There’s lot’s to love with this best Broccoli Salad from the sweet-tart cranberries to the salty savory bacon, and crunch of sunflower seeds all combined together with a creamy dressing. This salad keeps well for days in the fridge, so we like to make it for meal prep to have during the work week. It pairs well with simple main dishes from the grill, or even a roast chicken for Sunday dinner.

A speckled pottery bowl filled with Broccoli Salad with sunflower seeds and dressing alongside and gold serving spoons.

Broccoli Salad was one of those classic recipes I grew up eating all the time. It was everywhere, kind of like 7 layer salad. My mom made it often, and so did all of my friends moms. It was also at pretty much any kind of get together I can remember from birthday parties to backyard bbq’s.

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