Spicy BBQ Chicken Marinade
This spicy bbq chicken marinade will give you the most tender and juicy chicken on the grill, and you can make it as spicy as you want it. Let the author of “The Spicy Food Lovers’ Cookbook” show you how to spice it up!
I’ve been really digging grilled chicken lately. It’s grilling season and I’m cooking up practically everything on the grill, but we can’t eat ribs and burgers all the time. You need to mix it up a bit, and a nicely grilled piece of chicken is TOPS.
Usually. Sometimes chicken can be a bit boring. It can come out somewhat dry on the grill, but not so when we’re treating it the right way. I’m talking about marinating.
Marinating your chicken before grilling it up is a smart way to ensure a juicy, tender and flavorful meal. There are many options for marinating, but I have a great spicy bbq chicken marinade that will REALLY spice it up for you.
This is my favorite way to marinade chicken and it has never failed me. And! Its is nice and spicy. Let’s talk about that, shall we?
The “Spicy” Factor
You guys all know me by now. When I’m talking “spicy”, I mean SPICY! However, you don’t have to go as crazy as I do with the hot stuff. This spicy bbq chicken marinade is super adaptable, and you’re free to adjust it to a heat and spice level that you personally prefer.
The real spice and heat comes from the choices of seasonings, as well as the inclusion of a fiery habanero hot sauce, which is one of my favorites.
Here is the seasoning blend.
The spices include basil, paprika, onion, garlic, salt and pepper and, the real heat factor, ghost pepper powder. Oh baby!
If ghost peppers are too hot for you, you can omit it. Try using cayenne powder as an alternative. You’ll get some good heat with cayenne chili powder, but it won’t be quite so spicy-crazy. If you’re looking for a very low heat version, go with extra paprika.
However! If you’d like to go even HOTTER, either include more of the ghost pepper powder, or go with a superhot chili powder. I LOVE my batch of homemade 7-Pot Chili Powder. I use my dehydrator to dry chilies from my garden and grind into my own powders for these sorts of recipes.
For the Habanero Hot Sauce, I used this one:
The recipe for this is here – Homemade Cilantro-Habanero Hot Sauce Recipe.
There are MANY habanero hot sauces on the market today, so use your favorite, as long as it has a bit of a kick to it that you enjoy. Go for it!
About the Marinade
The marinade consists of olive oil, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and habanero hot sauce, along with the dried seasonings that are whisked together.
You can easily adjust the amounts of liquids and spices used to achieve your own desired heat level and consistency. I tend to like a bit more oil, as I find that translates to juicier chicken when cooking.
It’s just so good.
Making the Spicy BBQ Chicken Marinade – The Recipe Method
Here comes the hard part, my friends. Add everything to a large bowl and whisk! That’s it!
Easy, right? Look at all those spices. This is going to make some awesome chicken right here, let me tell you.
Making a marinade like this is not difficult at all. When the marinade is ready, just add your chicken to the marinade and cover it. Like so.
Cover it and refrigerate it for a good 8 hours. You’ll get even MORE flavor if you let the chicken marinate overnight. It gives the marinade more time to permeate the chicken.
You can use this marinade for any cut of chicken, with or without the bone. I tend to use this for chicken breasts, though it’s great for chicken thighs, legs and wings.
When you’re ready to prepare your chicken, just discard the marinade and cook them per your recipe or favorite cooking method. The marinade should not be saved.
That’s it, my friends! Let me know how this turns out for you! I hope you enjoy the marinade.
Try Some of My Other Popular Marinade Recipes
Try Some of My Other Popular Chicken Recipes
- Lemony Grilled Lemon-Pepper Chicken Wings
- Crispy Grilled Ghost Pepper Wings
- Grilled Harissa Chicken Legs
- Quick and Easy Chipotle Chicken
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- ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
- ¼ cup malt vinegar
- 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons habanero hot sauce
- 1 tablespoon dried basil
- 1 tablespoon ghost pepper powder SEE NOTES
- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 3 pounds chicken approximately
Whisk all of the ingredients together until well combined.
Marinate your chicken in a baggie or large bowl, sealed, at least 8 hours in the refrigerator, or overnight for even more flavor.
NOTES: Use 7-Pot or Reaper powder for even MORE heat! If you’d like a milder version, use cayenne powder, or for a low heat version, use paprika.
Nutritional Information calculated without the chicken.