Mom’s SECRET Recipe: Grilled 7-UP Chicken

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.
The first time I made this was shortly after I was married. I still remember my husband taking a bite and exclaiming, “This is so good. I am so glad that I married you.”
Hmmm, glad to know that this chicken recipe will keep him around haha.
If you are looking for a simple, healthy, and delicious chicken marinade recipe, this is defiantly one you need to try.

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:

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Serves: 6

Mom's SECRET Recipe: Grilled 7-UP Chicken

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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32 Responses to “Mom’s SECRET Recipe: Grilled 7-UP Chicken”

  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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