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Savory Dijon Grilled Chicken Marinade Recipe

Savory dijon grilled chicken tenders.

This recipe requires a handful of ingredients that any supermarket carries. An added bonus is that these things are generally pretty inexpensive and they will last a long time in the refrigerator. If you are working on a tight grocery budget, these seasonings and flavors can add savory tastes to many kinds of dishes.

Savory dijon grilled chicken tenders.

Savory Dijon Grilled Chicken Marinade Recipe

April Freeman
Chicken is a classic, inexpensive meat to serve your family for dinner. Adults like it because it is nutritious, easy to cook, and high in protein. Kids like it because it is mildly flavored and can be prepared in many different ways. This recipe for Savory Dijon Grilled Chicken Marinade gives you a new way to prepare the classic chicken breast for your family. It comes together quickly and easily and uses ingredients that you probably already have in the pantry and refrigerator at home.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Marinating Time 8 hrs
Total Time 8 hrs 20 mins
Servings 4 Servings


  • Small bowl
  • Wire whisk
  • Ziptop Storage Bag
  • Grill
  • Meat thermometer
  • Microwave


  • 6 to 8 chicken tenders or 4 whole chicken breasts
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp salt


  • In a small bowl, measure out the soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, brown sugar, vegetable oil, black pepper, garlic powder, and salt. Use a wire whisk to fully blend all of these ingredients together.
  • Put your chicken into a shallow glass bowl or dish and pour the marinade over the chicken pieces. Alternately, you can put the chicken in a ziptop storage bag and add the marinade to the bag. You will want to roll the bag around so that all of the chicken pieces are fully coated in the marinade.
  • Put the chicken in the refrigerator for 4 to 8 hours to marinate in the sauce.
  • When you are ready to eat, turn on the grill and preheat it over high heat. Grease the grates of the grill with oil.
  • Put the chicken on the grill and cook it over medium high heat for 5 to 8 minutes per side.
    Chicken tenders on the grill.
  • Turn the chicken with grilling tongs once during the cooking time. Use a meat thermometer to test the interior temperature of the chicken. It should be 165 degrees. Let the chicken rest for about 10 minutes before serving to redistribute the juices throughout the chicken pieces.
  • Serve the chicken. Leftover chicken pieces can be stored in an airtight container for up to three days. Reheat leftover chicken breasts in the microwave for about 1 ½ minutes.


And that is the joy of classic home cooking. Learning to cook does not have to require a ton of fancy ingredients, expensive meats and seasonings, and special equipment. In fact, excellent cooks are the ones who can take relatively simple, easy to find, and inexpensive items and create a feast that almost anyone would enjoy.
Soy sauce is one of the primary ingredients in this marinade. Soy sauce is a salty liquid made from fermented soybeans and wheat. The Chinese invented this flavorful sauce over 1000 years ago.
Worcestershire sauce is another fermented sauce made from vinegar, anchovies, molasses, onion, garlic, tamarind, and other seasonings. It was invented in 1835 by a pair of pharmacists in Worcester, England. Their names were John Lea and William Perrins. Worcestershire sauce adds savory, sweet, and tangy notes to this marinade.
Dijon mustard comes from the city of Dijon, France. This delicious mustard is different from the typical bright yellow mustard that Americans typically squirt on hamburgers and hot dogs. The flavor of Dijon mustard is more subtle and sophisticated than that of yellow mustard. Dijon mustard has a pale, gold color and a creamy consistency. It is made from vinegar and mustard seed, which was grown as a cover crop underneath the city of Dijon’s grapevines. The key flavoring ingredient is a liquid called verjuice, a juice made from unripe grapes.
Brown sugar gives our recipe for Savory Dijon Grilled Chicken Marinade a bit of a sweet kick to accent the savory ingredients. It also helps with browning of the meat, since the brown sugar will begin to caramelize on the surface of the meat as you cook it.
While other ingredients in our marinade include garlic, salt, and pepper, you can substitute other herbs and spices to change the flavors slightly. If you like Italian fare, add in some Italian seasoning, basil, and oregano. If you like a spicier flavor, you can add some hot sauce and crushed red pepper flakes to turn up the heat. This recipe is very versatile and you can use it as a base for your culinary experiments.
Suppose you do not have access to a grill. Is this recipe still a good one for you? Absolutely. Instead of grilling the meat, you can heat up the broiler and cook the chicken under the broiler. This will not take any longer to cook than if you have a grill. Just set the oven rack several inches from the broiler, cook the meat for 5 to 7 minutes on one side, and then flip the meat to cook the other side.

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