When I learned that my in laws cooked chicken and turkey in the same marinade that my mom does, I knew we were a match made in heaven!

This was my mom’s go to meal for Sunday dinners in the summer. Especially when friends were invited over for dinner. I seriously have flashbacks to my childhood every time I take my first bite.

It’s pretty fast and easy to gather the ingredients for the marinade and throw them all together. Place the chicken or turkey pieces in a large bowl or into Ziploc freezer bags. I prefer the bags.

A couple times each summer I make several bags of this marinade with chicken or poultry pieces. I freeze the bags flat, stacked on each other. It is a great freezer meal to have on hand ready to marinate as it thaws, and then throw on the grill.

I love switching up the side dishes. My mom always did roasted potatoes as one of the side dishes. The recipe on the Lipton Onion Soup Box is SO good with this marinade! Always double but use less oil than is calls for. The leftover potatoes are great the next morning with eggs etc. for breakfast.

Grill or broil to perfection and ENJOY!

Bob’s Poultry Marinade

A delicious turkey and chicken marinade used by my father-in-law, the turkey farmer. My mom made a similar marinade often. I've combined the two, and this is the version that we use now. Perfect Summer dinner!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Marinade 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 25 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American


  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup Sprite or 7-Up not diet
  • 1 Tbsp liquid smoke
  • ½ lemon about 2 Tbsp of lemon juice
  • 1 lime about 2 tsp of lime juice
  • 1-2 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/2 sweet onion, minced optional, I don't always add
  • 2-3 pounds chicken or turkey pieces, boneless


  • Gently whisk all of the ingredients for the marinade without the chicken.
  • Place the chicken in a large bowl, or into gallon sized Ziploc bags. Pour the marinade over the chicken. Place in the refrigerator for 4+ hours. The longer the better.
  • Grill the meat pieces evenly on both sides. The time will depend on how big and thick the pieces are. A good internal temp to look for 165°.
    Cook at a medium temperature so the meat cooks slow and even without drying out.


**I make up several bags for the freezer at the beginning of summer. The meat marinades as it thaws. This is a fantastic freezer meal to have on hand ready to throw on the grill. 
**If you don’t have a grill, cook under the broiler in your oven. Use a broiler pan, or an oven safe cooling rack over a baking sheet. Move the oven rack to the highest setting, so the meat will sit right under the broiler. Turn the broiler on and leave the oven door cracked open as the meat cooks. ALWAYS set a timer! I start at 5 minutes on each side and go from there. 
Keyword chicken, grilled chicken, grilling, turkey