Apple Cider Vinegar Chicken

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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 is an OG recipe and I am so excited to give it fresh pictures and a little revamp because it’s a recipe that Isaac and I use ALL THE TIME. Plus, it’s so tasty!

Two chicken breasts cut on a cream colored plate.

To be honest, I’m typically all about shredded chicken when it comes to meal prep. My slow cooker shredded chicken method is sooo easy and great because you can use it in a variety of recipes, like soups, casseroles, chicken salad, etc. But for actual salads and meal prep bowls I usually prefer to use grilled chicken. It has more flavor and I prefer the texture. That’s why I started making this grilled chicken that’s marinated in apple cider vinegar.

Chicken, olive oil, italian seasoning, apple cider vinegar and salt and pepper measured out.

Here’s What You Need:

  • boneless skinless chicken breasts – I prefer boneless, skinless chicken breasts for this recipe, but you’re welcome to use your favorite cut of chicken. And if you’re feeling adventurous you can try this marinade with different protein options as well.
  • apple cider vinegar – this helps tenderize the meat and gives it such great flavor.
  • Italian seasoning – Italian seasoning is one of my go-to spice blends and it works perfectly in this recipe.
  • olive oil – this helps infuse the flavors into the meat and prevents the meat from sticking to the grill.
  • 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 and I cook with it all the time! It’s super flavorful and loaded with nutrition. (Check out my post about the health benefits of apple cider vinegar to learn more.)

Needless to say, we always have a jar of Bragg’s apple cider vinegar in the house and a few years ago we 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.

Two chicken breast being marinated in apple cider vinegar mixture.

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 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:

Sliced grilled chicken on a plate with a green salad.

More Chicken Recipes

Apple Cider Vinegar Chicken

4 from 120 votes
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.
Two well-seasoned chicken breasts on a grill pan with grill marks
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 3

Ingredients

  • 1-1 ¼ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

Instructions
 

  • 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.
    Two chicken breast being marinated in apple cider vinegar mixture.
  • 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.
    Two chicken breasts grilling on a grill pan.
  • 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.

Nutrition

Serving: 6ounce portion Calories: 223kcal Carbohydrates: 1g Protein: 39g Fat: 6g Saturated Fat: 1g Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 98mg Sodium: 862mg Potassium: 1mg
Course: Lunch/Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple cider vinegar chicken

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    55 comments
    1. Megan Cunningham
      July 31, 2022 AT 9:25 pm

      5 stars
      I made this recipe in the instant pot so I could meal prep for the week. We both get the “Sunday scaries” so I procrastinated, but I used this recipe on frozen, bone in, skin on chicken thighs, high pressure in the IP and they came out so flavorful and tender enough to shred for our meals throughout the week. Thanks for making healthy meals easy and attainable!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 1, 2022 AT 3:37 pm

        Yess, those “Sunday scaries” are so real, but I am very happy that this recipe worked out for you, Megan! Sounds like you have a delicious meal to enjoy throughout the week. Thank you for your review & star rating, I so appreciate it!

    2. Caroline
      July 29, 2022 AT 1:23 pm

      Just discovered your blog, and so glad I did! Trying this recipe out over the weekend. Heading to the farmers market tomorrow morning for a side to pair with it. By chance, is the salad pictured with the chicken you’re Garlicky Kale Salad? Look’s delicious! I promise to come back to leave a review.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 30, 2022 AT 6:18 pm

        It’s just a plain kale with a little dressing, but my Garlicky Kale salad would be delicious served with this chicken! Let me know how this turns out for you when you make it!!

    3. Kristen
      February 4, 2022 AT 9:15 am

      This recipe sounds delicious. Any recommendations on how long to bake in the oven for / at what temp if not grilling or pan searing?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 4, 2022 AT 10:28 am

        Hi, Kristen. I recommend broiling it in the oven if you are not grilling. 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. Alternatively, I suggest baking the seasoned chicken at 375ºF for ~20 minutes. You want to make sure the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165ºF. Let me know how it turns out!

    4. Rachel
      January 10, 2022 AT 7:59 pm

      5 stars
      Such a great go-to weeknight recipe. I always turn to this when I’m pressed for time and still leaves me with such a juicy chicken! Thankful I stumbled upon this recipe!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 11, 2022 AT 10:55 am

        Woo!! This makes me so happy to hear, Rachel. So thrilled you’ve been enjoying this chicken. Thanks for the review!

    5. Avid
      September 5, 2021 AT 12:08 pm

      Do you have a recipe for Italian seasoning mix?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 6, 2021 AT 9:36 pm

        I don’t actually! Here’s one you could try.

Parchment paper lined with protein balls.

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