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Spicy Southwest Chicken Marinade

This delicious chicken marinade features the flavors of the southwest: tomatoes, jalapeno, onions, and cilantro, and adds a great kick to grilled chicken.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword chicken, chicken breasts, chicken marinade, grilled chicken, grilled chicken breast
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Marinating Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 227 kcal
Author Jessica Fisher


  • 1 tomato quartered
  • 1/2 onion cut into chunks
  • 1 jalapeno pepper
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice

For marinating:

  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves


  1. Combine the tomato, onion, jalapeno, cilantro, garlic, oil, soy sauce, and lime juice in the bowl of a blender or food processor fitted with a metal blade. Blend until smooth.

  2. Place the chicken pieces in a container with a lid or a ziptop freezer bag. Add the marinade. Massage the bag or move the chicken pieces around in the container to coat completely with the marinade. Allow to marinate for 2 hours.

  3. Heat an outdoor grill or grill pan. Remove the chicken from the marinade and cook on the hot grill, turning once, until an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Cover and rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Recipe Notes

To freeze: place the chicken and marinade together in a ziptop bag or airtight container. Massage the bag to coat the chicken completely. Place on a tray in the freezer until frozen solid. Remove the tray once the chicken is frozen and keep the bag of chicken in the freezer until about 24 hours before serving. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight on a tray to catch drips before proceeding with the recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Spicy Southwest Chicken Marinade
Amount Per Serving
Calories 227 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 72mg24%
Sodium 673mg29%
Potassium 501mg14%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 275IU6%
Vitamin C 9mg11%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.