This is my go-to chicken thigh marinade, a basic mixture that seasons poultry to juicy perfection. Mix the marinade in minutes with soy sauce, fresh garlic, a liquid sweetener (such as mirin or honey), vinegar and Dijon mustard. Use the recipe as written to cook chicken thighs on the grill or to bake in the oven.


soy sauce




dijon mustard


chicken thighs 

Whisk the marinade ingredients together in a bowl.

Put the chicken in a large bowl, baking dish or zippered plastic bag. Pour the marinade over.

Turn the pieces over to coat them evenly in the marinade. Set aside at room temperature 20-30 minutes, or cover and refrigerate 12-24 hours.

Prep the chicken for cooking: Transfer the chicken from the marinade to a platter or sheet pan. Season lightly on both sides with salt and pepper.

Use this marinade to make chicken thighs on the grill or baked in the oven.