Grilled Italian Chicken Breasts are a super delicious and easy summer dinner! The marinade is an easy combination of Italian dressing, soy sauce, garlic powder, and honey, and is so full of flavor!
Whenever I need a go-to all-purpose chicken marinade, this Italian marinade is the one I use! It is perfect for grilled chicken as an easy main dish, or grilled chicken on top a salad. I love making a big batch of Grilled Italian Chicken Breasts to put on salads all throughout the week! This marinade is super simple combination of Italian dressing, soy sauce, garlic powder, and honey, and is so easy to make.
While I typically use chicken breast for this recipe, chicken thighs and chicken tenderloins will also work! Chicken thighs will be darker meat, and I like them for grilling as they tend to be more tender and moist after cooked. The chicken tenderloins will have a similar look to chicken breasts, but are typically more tender than breasts. They are found next to the breast in the chicken, and come in smaller pieces, meaning they will cook faster. If you want smaller pieces of chicken breast, simply cut the breasts into slices prior to marinating. Then adjust your cooking time accordingly.
This recipe could not be easier to make. To start, I recommend pounding out the chicken breasts so they are about even thickness throughout. This helps the chicken cook evenly and it will also cook faster if there isn’t one end that is super thick.
Next, combine the Italian marinade ingredients. This includes the Italian dressing, soy sauce, honey, and garlic powder. There is no need for additional salt in this recipe, as there is plenty of it in the dressing. Combine the chicken and marinade in a Tupperware container or a Ziploc bag and marinate the chicken breasts for at least 30 minutes, up to 8 hours.
Once you’re ready to cook, preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Add the chicken to the preheated grill and cook for 6-8 minutes on each side. I always use a meat thermometer to ensure the chicken is cooked through to 165 degrees F, as cooking time may vary depending on thickness of the chicken.
Serve, and enjoy!