Mesquite Chicken Marinade

This mesquite chicken marinade is freezer friendly and packs a smokey punch that will brighten up any chicken meal! This marinade is perfect for grilling, baking, or sauteeing your chicken!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Marinade Time 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 258 kcal
Author Kelli Shallal MPH RD



  1. Add oil, mesquite seasoning, lemon juice, salt, and water to a ziplock bag. Close the bag and shake/mix contents.

  2. Add chicken to bag and reseal. Allow chicken to sit in the marinade for a minimum of 30 minutes, ideally 24 hours.

  3. Remove chicken from marinade and cook using the desired method. We grilled ours because the smokey flavor of the grill perfectly compliments the flavors in the marinade. Make sure chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165F.

Freezer Instructions:

  1. Freeze all ingredients together for up to 3 months. Let chicken defrost prior to cooking.

Recipe Notes

Keep in mind the nutrition facts aren't totally accurate. If you discard your excess marinade, you aren't actually consuming all the calories from the oil in the marinade.  Whether you discard your marinade will depend on the cooking method you chose.  

Nutrition Facts
Mesquite Chicken Marinade
Amount Per Serving (26 g)
Calories 258 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 73mg24%
Sodium 280mg12%
Potassium 451mg13%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 34IU1%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 7mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.