Mom’s SECRET Recipe: Grilled 7-UP Chicken Recipe

This is the best chicken marinade recipe out there. I am telling you, this is the best grilled chicken you will ever eat. I am constantly craving this recipe. It is sweet, tender, and so easy to make. It's not a secret anymore, because everyone needs this recipe in their lives. You will love this Grilled 7 Up Chicken marinade.

Okay, so maybe it isn’t TOP SECRET, but that makes it sounds exciting, right?
This is hands-down my favorite marinade of all time. My mom has been making it for as long as I can remember and everyone always asks for the recipe when she does.
The chicken has amazing flavor and it INCREDIBLY moist. It tastes awesome with pork too.
If you are looking for a simple, healthy, and delicious chicken marinade recipe, this is definitely one you need to try.

Looking for more grilled chicken recipes? Try our Grilled Malibu Chicken

what drink could i use if i don’t have any 7 up?

Most people don’t really have 7 Up on hand, so if you are looking for a replacement drink, we have a few recommendations:

  • Sprite (or Sprite Zero)
  • Ginger ale
  • Carbonated Lemon Lime Soda
  • Mt. Dew
  • Coke or Diet Coke

Really most carbonated drinks would work, to replace 7 up. However, we do not recommend fruit flavored drinks.

This marinade is really so simple, and adds amazing flavor to the chicken. I like to let mine sit overnight to let all the juices sink in.

what could I serve with this chicken?

I love summer barbecues, mostly because of the food, and potluck side dishes. If you need a few ideas of what to serve with this chicken, here is what I recommend:

Also, Try this for a side dish: our popular Loaded Broccoli Salad!


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Serves: 6

Mom's SECRET Recipe: Grilled 7-UP Chicken Recipe

5 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

20 minTotal Time

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  • 6 chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Horseradish
  • 1 (12 oz) can of lemon-lime soda pop (not diet)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil


  1. Mix all ingredients together in a Ziploc bag. Add 6 chicken breasts and marinate for at least 30 minutes (although the longer you go, the better they taste!
  2. I usually marinate my chicken for at least 8 hours or overnight).
  3. Grill over medium-high heat until cooked all the way through.
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33 Responses to “Mom’s SECRET Recipe: Grilled 7-UP Chicken Recipe”

  1. Wanted something different for my boring boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Hubby & I are on Weight Watchers so couldn't do anything w/ a breaded coating or cheese. I decided to try this recipe tonight. Thought I had some horseradish but must've thrown it out when we i even put on a little mascara, changed my clothes and made a quick trip to the grocery store to buy some. It only marinaded about 30 mins. & I cooked it on the Foreman grill, but it was pretty tasty... hoping next time to marinade it longer and it'll be even more tasty! Thanks!!
    • Preheat your grill on high for about 10 minutes. If you have a temperature indicator, it will probably be around 450. Place marinated chicken, on the grill and turn heat down to medium. Cook bone-in chicken breasts for about 8-9 minutes per side and boneless skinless chicken breasts for 7 minutes per side. Your chicken should be cooked through.
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