Worcestershire Sauce Marinade Chicken

Chicken lovers need an excellent chicken marinade at their disposal. Worcestershire sauce is an ideal addition for a perfect chicken marinade that will give you a savory flavor and a juicy chicken. It’s particularly the best for chicken breast but can be used on any cut.

Worcestershire sauce chicken marinade takes effect in 30 minutes but will even be better if left longer. The marinade is made with olive oil as a base and flavored with garlic, herbs, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, and brown sugar. You can then use this chicken marinade for baked, grilled, sautéed and broiled chicken.

Worcestershire Sauce Marinade Chicken

Worcestershire Sauce Marinade Chicken


  1. Lemon juice: Use four medium-sized lemons for a half cup of lemon juice.
  2. Worcestershire sauce: this gives the marinade a deep rich flavor
  3. Olive oil: olive oil neutral flavor oil for marinades. It helps carry flavors into the meat and prevents it from sticking to the grill.
  4. Fresh herbs like basil and oregano:  its flavor releases an excellent aromatic in the oil, which is then carried into the meat.
  5. Garlic: garlic is known to give a rich flavor that balances so well in chicken and many other dishes.
  6. Brown sugar: should be packaged before measuring.
  7. Paprika: paprika produces a warm tangy flavor that balances the tanginess of the lemon juice and promotes an enticing flavor with the chicken.
  8. Black pepper and salt to taste
  9. Chicken: We have used chicken breast in our recipe below, but you can use any cut of chicken you have.

Worcestershire Sauce Chicken Marinade Recipe

Course: Dinner

Cuisine: American

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Wait time: 45 minutes


Yield: 6 servings

  • 2 lbs. chicken breast, thighs or tenders
  • 2 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 3 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

For garnishing

  • Fresh parsley


  1. In a bowl, stir together the Worcestershire sauce, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, soy sauce, lemon juice, garlic, brown sugar and pepper.
  2. Make piercings all over your chicken breasts, put them in a Ziploc bag and pour the marinade to cover the chicken.
  3. Marinade for at least 30 minutes and 4-5 hours if you have time.
  4. Preheat the grill and brush it with olive oil to prevent sticking. Ensure the grill does not get too hot.
  5. Grill the chicken for about 5-7 minutes on each side, depending on its thickness. The chicken should cook to an internal temperature of 165 °F.
  6. Once cooked, remove from the grill and leave to rest for 5 minutes before serving.
  7. Serve and garnish with parsley

Substitutes for the Marinades

  • Brown sugar: substitute with 2 tablespoons of white sugar, 1.5 tablespoons of honey or maple syrup.
  • Soy: substitute with any normal, light or all-purpose soy. Dark soy sauce is not recommended, but if it’s the only option available, use just 2 tablespoons mixed with 3 tablespoons of water and ¾ teaspoon salt instead of 5 tablespoons of soy sauce. 

Alternatively, dissolve 1 teaspoon salt in 4 tablespoons water and substitute with soy sauce if you have no soy

  • Lemon juice: Substitute with less sharp kinds of vinegar like cider, red wine or white wine vinegar or 1.5 tablespoons of other regular kinds of vinegar like balsamic or normal white vinegar.
  • Worcestershire: Substitute with a dollop of BBQ sauce or ketchup. You can also use other savory sauces like steak and HP.

Tips for the best chicken marinade

  1. You can prepare the marinade up to three days before time and keep it in the fridge until you are ready to use. If the olive oil in the mixture solidifies during storage, keep the mixture on the counter at room temperature, and the olive will thaw within 20 minutes.
  2. The marinade works well on any chicken cut but is perfect on boneless and skinless ones.
  3. To store the cooked chicken, put it in airtight containers and keep it in the fridge for 3-4 days. Reheat in the microwave when you are ready to indulge. 

Alternatively, you can freeze the raw chicken dipped in the marinade. This gives the chicken ample time to absorb the juices for the best flavor. Thaw and cook the chicken as desired.

  1. Note that this marinade contains sugar which adds rich flavor but can also easily cause burning. To avoid burning, ensure that your grill is not too hot before adding the chicken and also grill over medium heat. If using bone-in cuts which need more time to cook, grill them over indirect heat.

Nutritional Information

  • Calories: 243kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 8g
  • Protein: 32g
  • Fat: 7g
  • Saturated fat: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 97mg
  • Sodium: 12.3mg
  • Potassium: 622mg
  • Sugar: 6g
  • Vitamin A: 45 IU
  • Vitamin C:
  • 5.9mg
  • Calcium: 21mg
  • Iron: 1.2mg


While Worcestershire sauce is an excellent addition to chicken marinades, you’ll need to add other seasonings to balance the flavors and achieve the best juicy chicken. For this reason, we have provided the seasonings you’ll need, their substitutes and a procedure for marinating to make it simple and easy for you.