Lemon and oregano chicken, teriyaki chicken, soda pop and honey peanut are examples of marinades for chicken. Citrus marinades are light and flavorful, while sauce-based marinades are spicier.
A lemon-based marinade combines well with a number of spices and seasonings. Lemon and oregano, lemon and cracked pepper, and lemon with honey are three popular marinades. For a sweet and spicy combination, combine a soda such as 7-Up or Sprite with olive oil, garlic, soy sauce and horseradish.
A marinade that combines olive oil and mint appeals to a Greek food lover's palate, while curry creates a flavorful Indian marinade. Ginger is a good base for an Asian-flavored marinade, while cumin, nutmeg and chili powder combined with citrus creates a Cuban-themed sauce for chicken.
When making a marinade it's important to let the chicken sit in the mixture for as long as possible; a half-hour minimum is a standard recommendation. The longer the chicken sits in the marinade, the more flavor the meat absorbs. It is also a good idea to set aside some of the marinade before adding the chicken. Cooks can brush it on the meat while it's cooking, drizzle it over the chicken or use it as a dipping sauce or condiment.