Marinated and seasoned grilled chicken breasts, so full of flavor, you won’t even notice they are healthy! This marinade recipe I am sharing today is the recipe I use to marinate and season the chicken breasts I grill every week for meal prep. Because after working 10-plus hour work days, who wants to come home and make dinner? I’ve even included several side dish ideas to go with these grilled chicken breasts too, so you are covered for dinner for the whole week!
If you know me then you know that I eat grilled chicken salads for dinner. Every night. And I never get tired of it. And I HATE salad dressing (it’s a texture thing for me), so my salad consists of a mix of butter lettuces and romaine lettuce, a few croutons and a grilled chicken breast. With how flavorful this chicken is, you don’t even need salad dressing anyways!
I usually grill up a batch of this chicken the night before I go back to work, so when I get off of work I can just come home, knock out my household chores (get the mail, water the plants, feed the dogs, etc), do a quick workout and then nosh on some dinner. And now that we are transitioning to 12-1/2 hour shifts at work come September, meal prep will be even more important!
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Ok! So….this chicken marinade and seasoning mix. Yes. I know. This looks like A LOT of spices….I like a heavily seasoned chicken breast. You certainly can use what you like though!
I trim all the fat and tendons from the boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Or as James will tell you, I “desecrate” the chicken. Whatever. I don’t like to chew on fat or gristle. I also butterfly the chicken so it cooks quickly and evenly, and I score the breasts to make sure I get that marinade in every crevive.
I don’t marinate my chicken overnight, or even for longer than it takes to heat up the grill. It doesn’t need it!!
Easy and Healthy Seasoned Grilled Chicken BreastsPrint Recipe
- 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, trimmed of excess fat (about 6 breasts)
- 1 packet McCormick's Grill Mates Mesquite Marinade
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 cup Sweet Mesquite Seasoning
- 1 tablespoon bacon salt
- 1 tablespoon garlic pepper
- 1 tablespoon Lawry's Seasoning Blend
In a bowl add the Sweet Mesquite Seasoning, bacon salt, garlic pepper and Lawry's Seasoning Blend.
In a large ziplock bag, add the entire packet of mesquite marinade and the water. Close the ziplock bag and use your hands to work the marinade and water together so they are incorporated.
Add one chicken breast into the ziplock bag and sprinkle with a tablespoon of the spice mixture and sprinkle with a 1/2 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce. Close the ziplock bag and use your hands (on the outside of the bag) to work the chicken breast into the marinade. Continue to add the chicken breasts into the ziplock bag, one breast at a time, sprinkling each breast with the seasoning mixture and Worcestershire sauce. Continue this layering method until all the chicken breasts have been added into the ziplock bag.
If you need more liquid, add a little more Worcestershire sauce or water to the marinade. If you want more seasoning in your marinade, add additional amount of desired seasonings. Close the ziplock bag and use your hands to work the chicken into the marinade. Set aside.
Make sure your gas grill is clean before turning it on high heat to preheat the grill. After the grill has heated up, place one Smokin-O's smoke ring on a hot spot on the grill and close the lid. Allow smoke ring to light and smoke (approximately 7-minutes).
Once smoke ring is smoking, use tongs to place the chicken directly on the grill. Reduce the heat to medium-high and close the lid. In 7-8 minutes, use the tongs to flip the chicken over. Close the lid and let the chicken cook.
Allow chicken to cook for an additional 8-10 minutes. Check chicken and flip again, if needed, or let the chicken cook for a few additional minutes on the second side. Cook chicken until it is completely cooked through, approximately 20-25 minutes, or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165-degrees. Cook time will vary on how thin or thick your breasts are.
Once chicken is fully cooked, use clean tongs to remove the chicken from the grill, and place chicken breasts on a plate or in a reusable container (if you are meal prepping). Cover the container and let the chicken rest for several minutes before slicing to eat.
Turn off the grill and close the lid. Let the Smokin-O's ring sit on the grill until it completely burns out.
Serve chicken with desired side dishes or on top of a salad.
Allow hot chicken to sit on the counter to cool slightly before placing leftovers in the refrigerator. Leftovers can be eaten cold or re-heated for a minute or two in the microwave. Chicken stays fresh in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.
The Original Smokin-O’s ring is my FAVORITE smoke ring:
Throw your chicken on the grill once your Smokin-O’s is smoking!
My backyard helper, who was hoping I would drop a piece of chicken on the ground (sorry Mookie…not gonna happen) 😉
WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER!
I eat my chicken on top of a salad. Other great side dishes to go with this grilled chicken include: Baked White Sweet Potato Fries, Healthier Baked Garlic Bread, Corny Cornbread – From a Mix!, black beans, steamed corn, steamed broccoli and cauliflower, brown rice….endless options!
Mmmm. Salad, meet chicken. Chicken, meet salad.
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Thanks for reading all about my favorite dinner! What’s your favorite chicken dinner? Do you meal prep for the work week too??