Low Carb Barbecue Chicken Marinade

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Need a fast and easy Low Carb Chicken Marinade that uses ingredients that you have in your cupboard? Look no further, this is the chicken marinade for you! It uses the convenience of bottled BBQ sauce that is then amped up with simple ingredients that you already have at home to make one delicious dinner!  It’s also only 8g of carbs, making it perfect for those who want a low carb option!

Low Carb Barbecue Chicken Marinade

Fast & Easy Low Carb Barbecue Chicken Marinade

This is much better than using just a BBQ sauce, especially because BBQ sauce has typically been my least favourite thing to use on meat when grilling it. However,  by turning some ready-made sauce into a marinade with some other ingredients it’s literally the best of both worlds. Rather than just the overpowering  flavour and thickness often found in bottled BBQ sauces, this improves upon it while turning it into something you can marinate your chicken in for the day.

Another tip? Marinate the chicken breast SKIN SIDE DOWN in the marinade like shown in the photo below to really get the flavour into the meat and skin.

 Low Carb Barbecue Chicken Marinade
Marinade within a large resealable plastic bag.

Should You use Skinless or skin on chicken breast? Boneless or bone in chicken breasts?

Most of the time, I can never get the skin to really stay on and not stick. I prefer to use bone-in, skin on chicken breasts. The skin is going to give you some much needed added fat to your chicken while you are grilling it. Once the skin starts to shrink smaller, you then baste the top of the chicken again to keep it moist and seal in the juices.  Why bone in chicken breast? That layer of gristle and bone helps to keep the chicken juicy.  The skin helps seal it at the top and the sauce and the bones help to seal in the juices from the bottom. This leads to tender, juicy chicken breasts when we use bone-in chicken breasts. When you grill, bone-in is the best. Try it and you’ll see – your love of grilled chicken is going to jump a level!

Basting Chicken with Low Carb Barbecue Chicken Marinade.
Basting Chicken with Low Carb Barbecue Chicken Marinade.

Low Carb Barbecue Chicken Marinade Tips & Tricks

  1. Trust me and try the bone-in and skin on chicken. You are going to consider boneless, skinless chicken breast to be dry shoe leather compared to this.
  2. How long can I marinate the chicken? According to the USDA, chicken can be marinated for up to 2 days safely.
  3. Can I use skinless, boneless chicken breasts? Yes, you can and it will still be delicious. I know that there are some of you that love skinless and boneless chicken better, so don’t let me stop you!
  4. Usually cooking chicken on the top rack of your grill to prevent flare-ups is a good idea, but we have a double grate system, so we turn on the OPPOSITE SIDE of the BBQ for heat. This helps to prevent burning!

 Low Carb Barbecue Chicken Marinade

Happy grilling! If you have any questions or have tried this, let me know in the comments below.


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Low Carb Barbecue Chicken Marinade

Need a fast and easy Low Carb Barbecue Chicken Marinade that uses ingredients that you have in your cupboard? Look no further, this is the chicken marinade for you!

Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Total Time
30 minutes
Karami Urbanoski


  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup favourite no-sugar/lower carb BBQ sauce
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegr
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp onion owder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper optional
  • 4 chicken breasts bone in and skin on


  1. Combine all of the marinade ingredients until smooth and mixed thoroughly.
  2. Place the chicken breasts into a large sealing plastic bag. Pour 2/3 of the marinade into the bag, coating the chicken. Place the remaining marinade into a container to save for basting later while cooking.
  3. Place in the fridge SKIN SIDE DOWN and let marinate anywhere from 2-24 hours.
  4. When ready to cook, pre-heat your grill to medium-high heat. ( 375-425 °F) , oiling the grill if necessary.
  5. Remove the chicken from the bag, placing on the grill bone side down - skin facing up.
  6. Discard the bag and marinade and retrieve the fresh, reserved marinade. Brush on the chicken every 5-8 minutes, basting well. Cook until the chicken reaches 165 °F. Remove and serve.

Recipe Notes

You can also use skinless chicken breasts, just follow the same instructions.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 521kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 48g, Fat: 32g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 144mg, Sodium: 615mg, Potassium: 860mg, Vitamin A: 400IU, Vitamin C: 3.3mg, Calcium: 15mg, Iron: 1.1mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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