Asian Chicken Marinade

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Spending a lot of money on McCormick seasoning packets and BBQ sauces just to make your meal plan edible on a tight budget? Start making your own marinades! This Asian Chicken Marinade is delicious—and perfect for summertime grilling. Save money on those fancy grill mates and dig into this great recipe! Asian Chicken Marinade

Are you ready to kick your budget meal planning up a notch?  Start making your own rubs and marinades!  A good marinade can make lower quality and cheaper meats taste amazing—trust me, your wallet and your stomach will thank you!   I am the first to admit that I do not like chicken, but with these marinades that my husband has mastered, I look forward to chicken for dinner!

Chicken is the backbone of my budget meal planning efforts at home.  You can find it everywhere, it goes on sale a lot, and it is usually the cheapest meat.  I have seen sales as low as $.99 /lb for dark meat, and $1.49/lb for white meat! Chicken breasts and thighs can be found at a consistently good price at Costco and Aldi.  In fact, my budget meal plans include at least two chicken dinners every week.

Chicken is an inexpensive meat, but it is boring.

I really don’t like plain chicken, but then again, does anybody?  Just baked or grilled chicken with salt and pepper and maybe some lemon?  Ugh.  It feels like diet food, and it really doesn’t have to.

It’s time to take chicken to the next level by adding marinades that you can make at home from ingredients you can likely find in your cupboard.  Say no to the fancy overpriced McCormick seasoning packets and hello to summer grilling favorites that are simple to make and easy on the wallet.

My husband makes the marinades at our house, and I had him write down his recipes for my absolute favorites.  Give this one a try and let me know what you think!

*Hint*  This is the best Sriracha to use – I have tried every budget and knockoff brand out there…but nothing beats this one.


Asian Chicken Marinade
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  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp oil (canola or vegetable)
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 2 tsp minched garlic
  • 2 tbsp of Sriracha


  1. Mix all the indredients together in a small bowl or measuring cup.
  2. Put your chicken into a freezer bag and add the marinade.
  3. Shake to coat the chicken, and let sit for at least 30 minutes before grilling or baking (preferably grilling...yum!).
  4. Feel free to use any extra marinade to baste while grilling.
  5. Enjoy!


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  1. Paula

    This sounds perfect! I would love for you to post Sam’s favorite recipe for shortbread cookies; he used to make them for me and they melted in my mouth!

    • I am actually working on a section of recipes called Sam’s Kitchen. I will get the recipe from him…the best part about doing a post about cookies is that we need to make and eat cookies! It is a hardship, what can I say…Haha!

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