Buttermilk Chicken Marinade is a delicious marinade that gives your chicken so much flavors. This marinade is made with simple ingredients.

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Buttermilk-marinated chicken is delicious meal idea. This marinade is made with simple ingredients and leaves your chicken tender, juicy and flavorful.

Feel free to use chicken thighs, chicken wings, or chicken tenders for a delicious grilled chicken meal idea. We have even used this marinade for our fried chicken recipe. Add your favorite sides for a complete meal.

You may also love this Cilantro Chicken Marinade Recipe, Mayo Marinated Chicken recipe or Mexican Chicken Marinade.

What is Buttermilk Chicken Marinade?

Buttermilk Chicken Marinade is made with buttermilk and simple seasoning. Add in salt and black pepper to make your boneless chicken or bone-in chicken so flavorful.

This chicken marinated with buttermilk is usually used for fry chicken, but works great with grilled chicken as well. It leaves the chicken with tons of juices and flavor.

Ingredients

Ingredients needed - chicken, buttermilk, onion powder, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, honey, olive oil, cayenne pepper
  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • Buttermilk 
  • Onion Powder 
  • Garlic Powder 
  • Italian seasoning 
  • Honey 
  • Olive Oil 
  • Cayenne Pepper 

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How to Make Buttermilk Chicken Marinade 

  • Step 1 – Stir Marinade Ingredients – Stir together the buttermilk, onion powder, and garlic powder. Add in Italian seasoning, honey, olive oil and cayenne pepper in a bowl.  
Mixing the buttermilk marinade in a bowl
  • Step 2 – Use Resealable Plastic Bag – Place the chicken in a ziplock bag and pour the seasoned buttermilk mixture on top. Seal the bag and place chicken in the fridge.
  • Step 3 – Marinate Chicken – Allow the chicken to marinade for at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours.  
Marinating chicken in a zip lock bag
  • Step 4 – Heat Grill – Preheat the grill to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Brush the grill grates with vegetable oil to prevent the chicken from sticking.
  • Step 5 – Add Chicken to Grill – Once the grill is hot, place the chicken on the grill, skin side down.
Placing chicken on the grill
  • Step 6 – Cook Chicken – Cook the chicken for 5-7 minutes on each side. Cook until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
Grilled chicken on the grill
  • Step 7 – Slice and Enjoy – Move the chicken from the grill to a separate paper towel lined plate. Then let the chicken sit for 5 minutes. Slice and enjoy this delicious grilled chicken recipe.

Recipe Tips

  • Combining Marinade – Combine the marinade in a mixing bowl. Make sure it is complete combined before adding in chicken.
  • Meat Thermometer – Use an instant-read meat thermometer to make sure that the chicken is cooked to a safe temperature. The internal temperature reaches 165 then chicken is done.
  • Heat Grill – Place placing the chicken on the grill, make sure you heat to medium heat. Oil the grill grates to help to easily cook both sides of the chicken.
  • Marinade – Make sure to discard any of the marinade that you soaked the chicken in. You do not want to reuse this marinade. We recommend to shake the marinade from the chicken before placing on the grill.
  • Substitute Chicken – You can easily use other chicken cutlets. We have used this marinade for chicken thighs or chicken tender for a delicious meal idea.
  • Pound Chicken – To flatten out the chicken on the thickest part, we recommend pounding the chicken. This helps to cook the chicken evenly.
Sliced grilled chicken on a plate with a close up image of chicken on fork

How to Bake the Chicken

We use marinades for multiple ways of cooking chicken. You can marinade your chicken and toss it in the crock pot or even do bake chicken.

  • After marinating chicken, place the chicken in a baking dish or baking sheet.
  • Place in a preheated oven at 400 degrees and bake for about 20 to 30 minutes.
  • I like to flip and cook for additional 10 minutes.
  • Use meat thermometer to ensure chicken is cooked.

This chicken can be shredded and used in many different recipes. The buttermilk seasoning flavor is always a crowd favorite.

Serving Ideas

If you eat a lot of Grilled Chicken like we do in the summer months. Then you are going to love this recipe. When we grill out, I like to make easy sides to get dinner on the table with ease. Here are some of my favorite sides:

These are some of our favorite Grilled Side Dishes.

Grilled Chicken on a plate

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Store

Store any leftover chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4-5 days. We recommend waiting until chicken is at room temperature before storing.
This chicken is great leftover with your favorite side dishes.

How to Grill Marinade Buttermilk Chicken

After marinading chicken, remove the excess marinade and place the chicken on the hot grill. Cook on one side for about 5 minutes and the flip chicken. Then cook for an additional 5 minutes until fully cooked.
The cook times will vary based on the size of the chicken. Make sure to use a meat thermometer to ensure that the chicken is cooked to the correct temperature.

How Long to Marinate Chicken in Buttermilk

Marinating your chicken it recommended because it adds so much flavor to your chicken. After placing the chicken in a zip lock bag, marinate the chicken for at least 1 hour. We recommend not to exceed 24 hours to marinate chicken.

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Buttermilk Chicken Marinade

5 from 4 votes
Buttermilk Chicken Marinade is a delicious marinade that gives your chicken so much flavors. This marinade is made with simple ingredients.
Prep Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Let Sit 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 4
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 271

Ingredients

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Instructions

  • Stir together the buttermilk, onion powder, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, honey, olive oil and cayenne pepper in a bowl.
  • Place the chicken in a ziplock bag and pour the buttermilk mixture on top.
  • Allow the chicken to marinade for at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours.
  • Preheat the grill to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Brush the grill grates with oil to prevent the chicken from sticking.
  • Once the grill is hot, place the chicken on the grill, skin side down.
  • Cook the chicken for 5-7 minutes on each side until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
  • Move the chicken from the grill to a separate plate, let the chicken sit for 5 minutes. Then it’s ready to slice and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

The cook times will vary based on the size of the chicken. Make sure to use a meat thermometer to ensure that the chicken is cooked to the correct temperature.
Store any leftover chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4-5 days.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 271kcal, Carbohydrates 11g, Protein 27g, Fat 13g, Saturated Fat 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 7g, Trans Fat 0.01g, Cholesterol 82mg, Sodium 227mg, Potassium 577mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 9g, Vitamin A 308IU, Vitamin C 2mg, Calcium 132mg, Iron 1mg

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