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

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 typically all about shredded chicken. My slow cooker shredded chicken 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 more flavor and texture, IMO. That’s why I started making this apple cider vinegar marinated chicken.

Two chicken breasts cut on a cream colored plate.

Here’s What You Need:

  • boneless skinless chicken breasts – this recipe is for marinated chicken but feel free to try this marinade on other proteins as well!
  • apple cider vinegar – helps tenderize the meat and gives it a great flavor.
  • Italian seasoning – I love adding this simple mixture of spices!
  • olive oil – helps infuse the flavors into the meat.
  • sea salt and pepper – to bring all of the flavors together.

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.

Two well-seasoned chicken breasts on a grill pan with grill marks

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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Grilled apple cider vinegar chicken breasts on a white plate.

Apple Cider Vinegar Chicken

Brittany Mullins
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.
4.71 from 24 votes
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Servings 3
Calories 223 kcal


  • 1-1 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Enjoy chicken immediately or let cool, package in storage containers and save for later use.


Serving: 5-6 ounce portionCalories: 223kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 39gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 98mgSodium: 862mgPotassium: 1mg
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Recipe Rating

    1. Madison
      February 12, 2021 AT 9:16 am

      5 stars
      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

      5 stars
      Delicious and so easy!

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

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

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

      5 stars
      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

      5 stars
      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. 🙂

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