How Long Should You Marinate Chicken Wings? Expert Guide


This is an A-Z guide on why and how long you should marinate chicken wings for best results.

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How Long Should You Marinate Chicken Wings

You can marinate chicken wings from 6 hrs to 48 hours. According to USDA, while it is safer to marinate chicken wings for a longer duration than 48 hours but there is a possibility of meat getting mushy.

One of the easiest ways to understand how long you need to marinate chicken wings is to follow what is recommended as part of the recipe.

But with chicken (and chicken wings) there is a lot of room to experiment with marinades. You can go for mild to intense marinades with chicken without worrying too much about it.

Here are a few things to keep in mind while marinating chicken wings –

  1. Always marinate in the fridge and not at room temperature
  2. Keep the overall thing packed in freezer bags/plastic or glass containers
  3. Never marinate in metal containers, especially which are reactive ones.
  4. Do not keep marinating for too long, typically 48 hours is a good time.

Why Use A Chicken Wing Marinade? Benefits Of Marinating Chicken Wings

One reason chicken wings are popular as food is that they can be cooked in a variety of ways.

For example, they can be fried, baked, or grilled. Additionally, chicken wings can be served with a variety of sauces or dips, which gives them even more flavor.

There are several benefits of marinating chicken wings –

Make chicken wings tender – Marinating chicken wings make them tender because the marinade helps to break down the proteins in the meat. This makes the chicken more tender and easier to chew.

Add flavors to the meat – Marinating chicken wings in a flavorful marinade helps to infuse them with additional flavor.

This is because the marinade seeps into the chicken meat and permeates it with its own unique taste.

As a result, when you bite into a marinated chicken wing, you should expect to enjoy an explosion of flavor that you would not otherwise get from an un-marinated wing.

Make chicken wings moist – Marinating chicken wings make them moist because the marinade seeps into the pores of the chicken and keeps the juices in. This makes eating chicken wings more juicy & pleasurable.

What Can You Do With Leftover Chicken Wing Marinade?

It is best to discard the leftover marinade or use it to cook the meat. As the marinade is exposed to raw meat, there is a chance of bacterial infection which is dangerous if consumed.

Many recipes themselves recommend cooking chicken wings in the marinade.

Another great way is to use the marinade as a sauce alongside the dish (or other dishes). But you need to make sure that you make the marinade boil before using it.

This will eliminate the bacteria in the marinade (because of raw meat) and make it safe to use.

Best Chicken Wing Marinade Recipe

One can use mild or intense marinades for chicken wings, thus there are several great options available for chicken wing marinades you can choose from.

Here is a quick chicken wings marinade recipe for you using soy sauce –

chicken wings marinade

Simple Chicken Wings Marinade

Yield: 3 Servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 12 hours
Total Time: 12 hours 15 minutes

Here is a quick and simple chicken wing marinade you can prepare with ease.


  • 1/4 cup Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (or any other veg. oil)
  • 2 tablespoons honey (organic honey, if available)
  • 2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar or Lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder (you can also use minced garlic)
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 lb Chicken Wings
  • Salt
  • Black or Cayenne pepper


    1. Mix all ingredients into a large resealable freezer bag or container.
    2. Add chicken wings to the bag or container, making sure each piece is evenly coated with the marinade.
    3. Let chicken wings marinate for at least 2 hours, or overnight for best results.
    4. Preheat grill, griddle, or broiler to medium-high heat before cooking chicken wings.
    5. Grill, griddle, or broil chicken wings until cooked through and slightly charred around the edges, about 10 minutes per side.
    6. Marinade can also be used to cook chicken wings

Final Words

I hope this helped you determine the right time to marinate your chicken wings for best results.

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About Karen Wilson

Karen is a foodie to the core. She loves any variety of food - spicy or junk! Her slender body and height are deceiving, as she enjoys eating hearty meals that would leave most people gasping for air. She has an appetite for life, and wants everyone around her to share in it too.

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