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Perfect-Every-Thyme Marinade Recipe

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I prepare this often at shows when demonstrating how to cook on gas grills. People are always pleased with the fantastic flavor. It really is perfect every time!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. + marinating Grill: 10 min.
MAKES:4-6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. + marinating Grill: 10 min.
MAKES: 4-6 servings


  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)


  1. In a small saucepan, combine the first four ingredients; cook and stir over low heat. Bring to a boil (mixture will foam). Remove from the heat; cool.
  2. Pour into a large resealable bag; add chicken. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate overnight.
  3. Drain and discard marinade. Grill chicken, uncovered, over low heat for 5-8 minutes a side or until a meat thermometer reads 165°. Yield: 4-6 servings.
Originally published as Perfect-Every-Thyme Marinade in Country Chicken Cookbook 1995, p89

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Reviewed Oct. 25, 2012

Great taste and kept the chicken so moist. I used agave nectar in place of the honey to keep my blood sugar from spiking, and it worked well.

Reviewed Sep. 18, 2010

This is a really tasty recipie thay is really quick to make!!! Everyone loved it!

Reviewed Jul. 28, 2009

I love this recipe. We have eaten it directly from the grill; cold a day later as sandwiches, over a salad, etc. The flavor is great.

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