Dips and Sauces

Best Marinade For Baked Chicken

delicious golden baked marinated chicken thighs sparkled with chopped parsley and slices of red onions

golden Chicken thighs soaked in a delicious marinade and sparkled with parsley and onions, alongside slices of potatoes
Take the flavor to the next level with this easy chicken marinade.

Why Marinate Chicken?

a dish full of flavorful spices and tender chicken with a blend of tasteful veggies
Say goodbye to dry and flavorless chicken!

How to Serve this Authentic Marinade

A yummy dish that consists of chicken thighs soaked in a magical marinade, making the chicken tender and juicy. It is topped with parsley and slices of onion.
A hanger-life saver recipe!

Tips for the Best Baked Chicken Marinade

golden baked chicken dipped in a mouthwatering marinade, topped with parsley and onions and served with crispy potatoes
A perfect option for any occasion.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is it necessary to poke holes in my chicken before marinating?

The chicken breasts should all be pierced with a fork. This will ensure that the marinade completely penetrates the chicken to make it juicy.

How long should I marinate the chicken?

I recommend marinating it at least 30 minutes, but preferably overnight. I have found that if I marinate the chicken for longer than 24 hours, it begins to become tough.

How to store marinade?

It can be prepared in advance and kept in the fridge.
Put it in a Ziploc bag or other airtight container, label it, and keep it in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. You can also keep it for up to three months in the freezer by placing it in a freezer-safe container and labeling it with dates.

A tasteful dish full of chicken thighs mixed with a yummy marinade and sprinkled with onions and parsley. It is well served with slices of baked potatoes.
This marinade will make your chicken outrageously delicious.


Steps to Prep

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delicious golden baked marinated chicken thighs sparkled with chopped parsley and slices of red onions

The Best Marinade for Baked Chicken

An easy-to-make chicken marinade that comes together in minutes. It makes the chicken incredibly moist and outrageously delicious. Perfect for any gathering or occasion!
4.97 from 27 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Dip, Sauce
Cuisine Lebanese, Middle Eastern, Palestinian


For the Marinade: enough for 2 chickens, or 1 chicken with sauce for serving

  • 1 large roma tomato
  • ½ yellow onion
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • Jalapeño to taste
  • ¼ bunch parsley
  • ¼ cup olive oil extra virgin
  • 3 tablespoons yogurt
  • ¼ cup pepper paste or tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Aleppo powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon 7 spice
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • teaspoons sumac


  • Blend the vegetables with yogurt, oil, and pepper paste.
  • Add the spices and mix.
  • Lay the chicken pieces on a parchment lined baking tray and spread the marinade over them.
  • Use your hands to get the marinade into the little crevices and under the skin, making sure you don't forget the back.
  • Marinate for 1 hour, then bake at 425 F for 1 hour and 30 minutes covered. Once done, let it cook uncovered or broil until the skin crisps up.
  • For the leftover marinade, add it to a pot on medium heat and add water to make your desired consistency. Let it bubble then serve.


  • It is better to prepare your marinade in advance and keep it in the fridge for 24 hours or the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • Chicken breasts need to be marinated for at least 30 minutes to fully absorb the flavors. 
Keyword Chicken marinade, marinade for baked chicken, marinated chicken, middle eastern dips
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34 thoughts on “Best Marinade For Baked Chicken

  1. Rasha Hamed says:

    This recipe is so simple and easy and gives an amazing tasting baked chicken! Its now my go to recipe when i make chicken, goes amazing with the Quzi rice recipe! Its become my signature dish !

  2. Rasha H says:

    5 stars
    This recipe is so simple and easy and gives an amazing tasting baked chicken! Its now my go to recipe when i make chicken, goes amazing with the Quzi rice recipe! Its become my signature dish !

  3. Shireen Salehmohamed says:

    5 stars
    I tried this recepi came out very authentic taste just like from restaurant. I like her recepi to try thanks girl

  4. Nikki says:

    What is 7 spice and where can I buy it?

    1. Fatimah says:

      Its a pre mixed spice blend. You can find it on amazon or any Middle Eastern grocery store 🙂

  5. Nora Dawood says:

    5 stars
    This is the best recipe I’ve ever used to make chicken. As long as it’s followed exactly then you can’t go wrong. Flavours are immaculate and will definitely beat any takeaways. And not to mention it looks amazing great for when you have guests to impress.
    Note – very nice way and simple to make also
    I would rate this honestly 5 stars
    ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
    Thank you Fatimah

  6. Lilly says:

    5 stars
    Can I BBQ this? Thank you!

    1. Fatimah says:


  7. Archana says:

    I’m confused how the Marinade becomes a sauce. Do we reserve half of it and cook it?

    1. Fatimah says:

      If you’re not marinating the full amount of chicken, reserve some of the marinade mixture before adding it to the chicken. You can dip as is, or cook it down on the stove with some water.

  8. Suzanne says:

    5 stars
    I made this for the first day of Ramadan and it was a hit! I marinated the chicken over night and it just made the flavors that much better. Highly recommended!

  9. Alia says:

    5 stars
    Absolutely delicious

  10. Jabeen says:

    5 stars
    This recipe is going into regular circulation! So good. I added potatoes and baked it off!

  11. Hind Zamzami says:

    5 stars
    This recipe is a hit! Flavorful and hits the spot!

  12. Mysoon Hammad says:

    5 stars
    Wow! This marinade just took my chicken to the next level. The chicken came out so flavorful and tender. Yet again a great recipe in the books.

  13. Noelle Abdelhady says:

    5 stars
    This is the most delectable chicken marinade ever! I made it for Iftar last night and the chicken was outstanding! My Egyptian husband and I couldn’t believe how flavorful, aromatic and delicious it tasted. I’ve shared your page and recipe with friends and they can’t wait to try it! Thank you so much❤️

  14. Anthony Kimani says:

    5 stars
    I’m making it tonight for the third time. Home run every time. Outstanding recipe!

  15. Homefoodez Dena says:

    5 stars
    This was honestly the best chicken marinade by far. I will forever be sticking to this recipe, thank you so much!

  16. Magdalena says:

    5 stars
    She is not joking when she said that is it the best marinade and that you’ll do it again and again! This is the third time that I have cooked this recipe, without jalapeño for my little ones. So good so delicious!

  17. Tara Sike says:

    5 stars
    Love this marinate. So delicious. I even use it when I grill chicken thighs. Yummy

  18. Alida’s Bakery says:

    5 stars
    Amazing recipe I use it all the time with chicken wings. People always compliment it!!

  19. Alida’s Bakery says:

    5 stars
    Amazing recipe I use it all the time with chicken wings. People always compliment it!!

  20. Nikki says:

    5 stars
    Fantastic! My husband did a great job making it!

  21. Imana says:

    5 stars
    This looks so good is the cook time 1 hr or is it 1 hr and 30 mins kinda confused but I am excited to try and make this thank you

    1. Fatimah says:

      Hi, anywhere from 1 hour to an hour and a half. depends on the size of your chicken!

      1. Imana says:

        5 stars
        I made this and I can agree it truly is the best marinade thank you for sharing with us I will use this recipe for all my chicken from now on and it was easy to make.

  22. Iman says:

    5 stars
    Another brilliant dish it’s so authentic. My kids think Palestinian cuisine is by far the best and this is a real crowd pleaser. Thank you x

  23. Yas says:

    Hi! I apologize I may have missed this, but how much chicken should I buy for the marinade using the recipe above? I saw it said 1 chicken, but do you have any equivalents in leg / quarter form? I am the only one who eats chicken within my group so I may halve the recipe if it makes a lot.

    1. Fatimah says:

      hi! This should do 3-4 small leg quarters 🙂

  24. Hajar Al says:

    5 stars
    I made this with chicken thighs and cut up potato’s in the oven and it was sooooooo delicious and beautiful!!! Definitely making this again 🙂

  25. Ana says:

    Hi! Thank you for the recipe!! Sorry if this is a silly question, for chicken breasts we also cook for 1h to 1h30? 🙂

    1. Fatimah says:

      hi! boneless breasts cook alot quicker, id say 30-45 mins but use a thermometer to be sure!

  26. Rajaa says:

    5 stars
    Delirious and very juicy
    Instructions were easy to follow

  27. Zahira says:

    5 stars
    Everyone loved this chicken. It was very tasty.
    Thank you for sharing and it will be one of the saved recipes.

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