Consistently serve moist and tender chicken breasts with this simple buttermilk marinade that doesn’t even require buttermilk and can instead be made with items you already have in your pantry.

This basic marinade will make chicken breasts moist, delicious, and simply irresistible!

You want to eat healthily and with that in mind chicken and chicken breasts are probably on your grocery list, but, moist and tender chicken breasts can be elusive, to say the least.  

From my experience, you can’t just open a package of chicken breasts, slap them on the grill or in the skillet and expect them to be moist but I have found a super simple marinade that has made all the difference in the world when cooking up chicken breasts.

I found this “recipe” when I was doing some research for chicken marinades.  It is so easy (you don’t even need buttermilk) and the results are delicious!

The first time I tried it my family raved and asked what I did differently with the chicken.  They actually noticed.  Small woot for mom.  You probably already have exactly what you need to make these on hand.

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This basic marinade will make chicken breasts moist, delicious, and simply irresistible!

Ingredients:

*Note that the pictures show this recipe DOUBLED.  I almost always double everything so I have extras for another meal.

You could certainly use buttermilk in place of the milk and vinegar combo but if you don’t have it in the fridge, no worries, this substitution works just as well.

This basic marinade will make chicken breasts moist, delicious, and simply irresistible!

2 tablespoons white vinegar OR fresh lemon juice

This basic marinade will make chicken breasts moist, delicious, and simply irresistible!

1 cup of milk – whole, low-fat or skim

This basic marinade will make chicken breasts moist, delicious, and simply irresistible!

1 pound Chicken Breasts

Directions:

Add 2 tablespoons of white vinegar or fresh lemon juice to a measuring cup.  Add enough milk to equal 1 cup.

This basic marinade will make chicken breasts moist, delicious, and simply irresistible!

Mix gently and let stand 20 to 30 minutes at room temperature.

Add prepared chicken breasts to a glass bowl or plastic bag.

This basic marinade will make chicken breasts moist, delicious, and simply irresistible!
This basic marinade will make chicken breasts moist, delicious, and simply irresistible!
This basic marinade will make chicken breasts moist, delicious, and simply irresistible!

Pour buttermilk mixture over chicken breasts.  Cover, refrigerate and allow to marinate for at least one hour or overnight.

Cook, bake, fry, or grill as desired.

That’s it! Now wasn’t that simple?

Chicken Breasts in buttermilk marinade

Best Chicken Marinade for Extra Juicy Chicken

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Marinate: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

This buttermilk marinade will make chicken breasts moist, delicious, tender, and simply irresistible!

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar OR fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup of milk - whole, low-fat or skim
  • 1 pound Chicken Breasts

Instructions

  1. Add 2 tablespoons of white vinegar or fresh lemon juice to a measuring
    cup.  Add enough milk to equal 1 cup.
  2. Mix gently and let stand 20 to 30 minutes at room temperature.
  3. Add prepared chicken breasts to a glass bowl or plastic bag.
  4. Pour buttermilk mixture over chicken breasts.  Cover, refrigerate and
    allow to marinate for at least one hour or overnight.
  5. Cook, bake, fry, or grill as desired.

Notes

*Note that the pictures show this recipe DOUBLED. I almost always double everything so I have extras for another meal.

You could certainly use buttermilk in place of the milk and vinegar combo but if you don't have it in the fridge, no worries, this substitution works just as well.

Did you make this recipe?

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Moist and juicy chicken breasts - start to finish

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This basic marinade will make chicken breasts moist, delicious, and simply irresistible!

 

This basic marinade will make chicken breasts moist, delicious, and simply irresistible!