Apple Cider Vinegar Chicken

This simple apple cider vinegar chicken is my go-to recipe when making grilled chicken because it’s easy, versatile and delicious! Enjoy right away or use the grilled chicken for meal prep throughout the week.

This simple apple cider vinegar chicken is my go-to recipe when making grilled chicken because it's easy, versatile and delicious! Enjoy right away or use the grilled chicken for meal prep throughout the week.

I’ve had this recipe ready to go for a couple months now and I’m excited to finally share it for a couple reasons 1. It’s a recipe that Isaac and I use ALL THE TIME 2. It’s tasty 3. The weather is getting warmer so we can finally get back to grilling outdoors rather than using a grill pan or the oven to make it.

I’m all about shredded chicken. The crock-pot method is sooo easy and great for meal prep because you can use it in a variety of recipes — soups, casseroles, chicken salad, etc. But for actual salads and meal prep bowls I usually prefer grilled chicken. It just has better flavor and texture, IMO. That’s why I started making this apple cider vinegar chicken.

Apple Cider Vinegar Marinated Chicken with only 6 ingredients

Apple Cider Vinegar is the Perfect Marinade

If you’ve been reading for a while, you’ll know that apple cider vinegar is my jam. (Check out my post about the health benefits of apple cider vinegar here.) Needless to say, we always have a jar of Bragg’s apple cider vinegar in the house and a few years ago realized that it’s amazing for marinating all types of meat and seafood. We use it for chicken, salmon and even steak! It not only helps tenderize the meat, but it gives it great flavor.

Apple Cider Vinegar Chicken

How Long Do You Need to Marinate the Chicken?

For the chicken I like to keep things really simple and do a blend of apple cider vinegar, Italian seasoning, olive oil, salt and pepper. I let the chicken marinate for at least an hour or even up to 12 hours, but if you’re in a big rush 30 minutes will do the trick.

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What to Serve with This Grilled Chicken

Want to make a meal with this apple cider vinegar chicken? Here are some of my favorite side dishes to pair with it.

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If you make this apple cider vinegar chicken, be sure to leave a comment and star rating letting me know how it turns out for you! Your feedback is so helpful for the EBF team and other EBF readers.

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Grilled apple cider vinegar chicken breasts on a white plate.

Apple Cider Vinegar Chicken

  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 mins
  • Yield: 3


This simple apple cider vinegar chicken is my go-to recipe when making grilled chicken because it’s easy, versatile and delicious! Enjoy right away or use the grilled chicken for meal prep throughout the week.


  • 11 1/4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper


  1. Whisk vinegar, Italian seasoning, oil, salt and pepper in a bowl until well combined. Place chicken in a shallow dish or 1-gallon sealable plastic bag.
  2. Add the marinade, toss to coat and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 12 hours. Remove chicken from the marinade, shake off excess and discard leftover marinade.
  3. Heat a grill or grill pan. Once hot, place the chicken on the grill and cook for about 5 minutes per side, or until cooked through and no longer pink.
  4. If you don’t have a grill, you can also broil the chicken. Line a broiler pan (or a baking sheet) with foil and coat with cooking spray. Place the chicken on the foil. Broil, watching carefully so it doesn’t burn. Flip chicken after about 5 minutes. Let cook for 10-15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink.
  5. Enjoy chicken immediately or let cool, package in storage containers and save for later use.


  • Serving Size: 5-6 ounce portion
  • Calories: 223
  • Sugar: 0g
  • Fat: 7g
  • Carbohydrates: 0g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 40g
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    1. Madison
      February 12, 2021 AT 9:16 am

      We make this all the time and LOVE it. So good and so easy!! Thank you for sharing!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 12, 2021 AT 7:28 pm

        So glad you love this recipe, Madison!! Thanks for the review. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    2. Sophie
      September 29, 2020 AT 10:37 pm

      Delicious and so easy!

    3. Jen
      September 27, 2020 AT 7:53 pm

      Love this chicken recipe! So good. Highly recommend it.

    4. Shannon
      August 23, 2020 AT 9:48 pm

      This was SO GOOD! I planned to do a different marinade, but my grocery order messed up. I remembered you posted this not too long ago and it was the perfect time to try it. So glad I did! This is definitely going on the repeat list for grill nights!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 23, 2020 AT 11:33 pm

        Ahh yay! I’m so glad you did too. 🙂 I’m pumped you loved it! Thanks for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it, Shannon.

    5. Lena V
      August 22, 2020 AT 11:04 pm

      I’m not sure why it took me so long to try this recipe, but oh my goodness am I glad I did! It’s juicy and tangy and flavorful and so so good. Meal prepped for salads this week with chicken tenderloins. Minus 2 because the hubby couldn’t help but eat them right off the grill!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 23, 2020 AT 11:40 pm

        Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Lena!! So glad you enjoyed this recipe. Thanks for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I really appreciate it. 🙂

    6. G
      June 21, 2020 AT 7:33 pm

      Just tried this in a skillet and it was delicious! Cut up the chicken and it went straight into a salad, topped with some of your Zesty Tahini Dressing recipe.

      I marinated mine for about an hour, and poured out the remaining marinade before cooking like instructed, but was wondering if there was any downside to just cooking the chicken on the skillet directly in the leftover marinade (which surely has some olive oil left, rather than having to reapply olive oil/spray to the pan). Also, does cooking the cold chicken directly from the fridge have any downsides (I only marinated for an hour so temp wasn’t that cold)?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 23, 2020 AT 10:47 am

        So glad you enjoyed this recipe! I don’t think it would be an issue to cook the chicken with the leftover marinade. It would probably add more great flavors! And one hour is totally fine for marinating. 🙂

    7. Jennifer
      May 27, 2020 AT 7:51 pm

      Apple Cider Vinegar Chicken Rules! This was the easiest marinade I have ever made & it has So Much Flavor. I only wish I tried it sooner. Will definitely be making this again (and again)! Thank you, Brittany!

    8. KTV
      May 1, 2020 AT 9:17 pm

      I made this recipe tonight and it is going to be my go to recipe for the summer. I love how few ingredients are needed but it’s SO GOOD!! I grilled it this time but will have to try the broil method so I can make this in non grilling months too!

      Thank you so much for this recipe! Even my picky three year old son loved it ♥️

    9. Madeline H Hadder
      April 27, 2020 AT 11:41 pm

      Could I bake this in the oven? If so, what temp and for how long would you recommend?

    10. Stefanie
      April 22, 2020 AT 6:40 pm

      This was delicious!! I broiled the chicken because I didn’t feel like getting the grill out and wow so good. My kids noticed how good it smelled while cooking. It was a big hit!! Will def use on a regular basis! Thanks so much for this simple and yummy recipe.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 23, 2020 AT 1:11 pm

        Ahh yay!! I’m so glad this ACV chicken recipe was a hit with your family!! Thanks for trying it and for coming back to leave a comment and star rating, Stefanie. I so appreciate it. <3

    11. Cat M
      April 19, 2020 AT 6:25 pm

      Love this easy recipe. I’ve used it with chicken drumsticks and they taste great! It’s definitely one of my favourites!

    12. Beth
      April 12, 2020 AT 10:01 am

      Love this simple and tasty marinade. It has become our go-to for meal prep during grilling season. Great on salads, but we’ve used it a bunch of different ways and never been disappointed.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 13, 2020 AT 10:27 pm

        Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Beth. I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying this chicken recipe. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment and star rating. I really appreciate it!

    13. Lynn Keefer
      October 11, 2019 AT 1:47 pm

      Easy! Deliciously juicy! A great addition to salad! Thanks!

    14. Jo
      March 21, 2019 AT 5:35 pm

      Anyone try this in an Air Fryer yet? If so..what temp and how long did you Air fry? thanks!

    15. Donna Marie
      August 31, 2018 AT 10:10 pm

      Very tasty and very easy. That’s my kind of cooking. This will definitely be cooked again.

    16. Wendy
      July 10, 2018 AT 8:39 am

      You posted the link to this in your Salad Challenge daily encouragement so I just had to hit it and see what it was. I have been making this for years…with red wine vinegar!!! I am now going to try the apple cider vinegar and see the difference. Have been loving your recipes, thank you for sharing the and your experience.

    17. Cindy Demyan
      March 27, 2018 AT 3:59 pm

      Excellent! This reminded me of a recipe I used called Mississippi Chicken and you apply with the mop brush. The chicken was moist and I doubled the marinade so I used several pieces of chicken to have for several meals.

    18. Ali
      January 7, 2018 AT 5:27 pm

      Doubled this marinade recipe. For 2-1/4 lb chicken. Marinaded for about 5 hours. Kids and husband loved it. Served with baked sweet potatoes and steamed broccoli. Yum. Will definitely make it again.

    19. PK
      September 12, 2017 AT 12:00 am


    20. Micaela Almeida
      March 28, 2017 AT 2:24 pm

      Pinned and will be executed soon. Your blog is good enough to eat! been loving it! Thanks for the delicious recipes !

    21. Britt B @ fit fit Britt Britt
      March 28, 2017 AT 12:17 pm

      Looks super tasty! Can’t wait for our grill to arrive and whip this up!

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