The Best Grilled Chicken Marinade - The Cornell Recipe is the best marinade for grilled chicken. It's the recipe used by all of the best chicken barbecue places
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The Best Grilled Chicken Marinade

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 5 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Grilled
Servings: 12
Author: Christina Hitchcock



  • In a large bowl, whisk the egg.
  • Add the vegetable oil to the egg and whisk until fully combined.
  • Stir in remaining ingredients until combined.
  • Use a fork to poke the chicken all over, allowing the marinade to get into the meat.
  • Place the chicken legs in a zip top bag.
  • Pour half of the marinade over the chicken and allow it to marinate for 3-24 hours.
  • Place the rest of the marinade in an air tight container or jar; refrigerate.
  • Grill marinated chicken over indirect heat, basting with the reserved marinade every 5-10 minutes until the internal temperature reaches 150 degrees.
  • Once chicken is at 150 degrees, place on direct heat and grill on all sides to crisp the skin.
  • When the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees, remove from the heat.
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