Island Chicken Marinade

Island Chicken Marinade

Ohhhhh marinade, sweet marinade… I’ve made this recipe so many times I could do it in my sleep. I had no idea marinades could taste this good! Somehow the word got out about this one and I even got signed up to make it for an entire bachelor party that my husband went to in the woods (gotta love New Hampshire). Let me tell ya, those guys can eat a whole lotta meat, so that meant a whole lotta Island chicken marinade to go along with it.

I love that my house is always stocked with what I need for this recipe, there’s nothing crazy in it, just a perfect blend of flavors. And once it’s done,Β myΒ job is also done. My husband mans the grill in this house. I don’t even know how to turn it on, and I’m going to go ahead and say that I’m perfectly okay with that πŸ™‚ I like kicking it back while the hubs cooks now and then. (Plus, I’d rather not blow up the house.)


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Island Chicken Marinade

A perfect blend of ingredients for a savory chicken marinade that’s perfect for grilling season.


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 Β½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ΒΎ teaspoon dry thyme
  • ΒΎ teaspoon black pepper
  • Β½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • Β½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch cayenne
  • Β½ cup reduced-sodium soy sauce or tamari
  • Β½ cup red-wine vinegar


In a large saucepan, heat the canola and olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and let cook, covered, for 4-6 minutes- until the onions are soft & translucent. Stir them often as they cook.

Stir in the brown sugar, allspice, thyme, pepper, cloves, cinnamon and cayenne and remove from heat. Stir in the soy sauce and red wine vinegar and cool completely before marinating.

I like to marinade my chicken for at least 2 hours, but up to 24. Do not reuse the marinade after using once.

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