Apple Cider Vinegar Chicken
Published Jul 26, 2021, Updated Jul 14, 2023
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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!
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.
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.
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.
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:
- Garlicky Kale Salad
- Healthy Pasta Salad
- Asparagus Salad
- Crackling Cauliflower
- Grilled Sweet Potatoes
- Healthy Potato Salad
- Cauliflower Potato Salad
- Lemon Rice Salad
More Chicken Recipes
- Grilled Chicken and Quinoa Meal Prep Bowls
- Grilled Chicken Salad with Peaches
- Easy Grilled Chicken Breast
- Healthy Chicken Enchiladas
- Baked Chicken Tenders
- Chicken Wild Rice Soup
- Chicken Protein Bowl
- Air Fryer Chicken Breast
Apple Cider Vinegar Chicken
- 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
- 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.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.