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marinated and grilled chicken breasts

Chicken Marinade Recipe

Buttermilk based chicken marinade flavoured with lemon, garlic and smoked paprika. Ideal for cooking chicken on the grill or in the oven. This chicken marinade recipe covers 2 lbs of chicken.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: European
Keyword: chicken marinade, buttermilk chicken
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Marinating Time: 8 hours
Servings: 4 -6


For the chicken marinade

  • 250ml/1cup buttermilk or kefir
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika I used Spanish smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 lbs chicken breasts or skinless, boneless chicken thighs


  • In a small bowl combine the buttermilk, pressed garlic, smoked paprika and lemon juice. Pour over chicken breasts or thighs and marinate for at least 8 hours.
    Salt and pepper the chicken before grilling.
  • Grill chicken breasts on the grill for approximately 6 minutes on each side until cooked through and internal temperature registers at 165F/75C.