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Savory Low-Carb Marinade for Grilled Chicken, Pork, or Beef

This Savory Low-Carb Marinade for Grilled Chicken, Pork, or Beef will make your dinner taste great no matter what you’re cooking on the grill! 

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This Savory Low-Carb Marinade was one of the earliest recipes I posted on my blog, and it’s equally good on chicken, pork, or beef, keeping the meat moist and flavorful on the grill. It’s a marinade I’ve used often, so I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to improve the photos. And I still don’t have a photo of pork or beef marinated in this mixture and then grilled, but I promise it is equally delicious!

The recipe makes quite a bit of marinade, but this will keep in the fridge for at least a week, so I recommend making the whole amount and trying it on two different types of meat. One ingredient that really adds flavor here is Worcestershire sauce, and I use one tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce when I’m making this for chicken, but if you try it for pork of beef, I’d increase the amount. Be sure to use Gluten-Free Worcestershire Sauce (affiliate link) if you need this to be gluten-free.

And even if you’re a South Beach dieter who is watching fats, please don’t worry about using full-fat mayo; the mayo helps keep the meat moist, and you’re only eating the small amount of mayo from the marinade that clings to the chicken, pork, or beef when you put it on the grill.

(Savory Low-Carb Marinade for Chicken, Pork, or Beef was updated with better photos July 2016.)

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Making Grilled Chicken with Savory Low-Carb Marinade:

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  1. Combine marinade ingredient in a glass measuring cup and whisk together. (Or you can shake it in a jar, which is what I used to do!) Don’t worry if there are some beads of mayo that don’t mix in.
  2. I always prepare my chicken using the Tips for Juicy Grilled Chicken Breasts; for pork or beef I would also trim the fat and make little scores in the meat.
  3. Let the meat or poultry marinate in the fridge 6-8 hours (or longer is fine.)
  4. Then drain it in a colander placed in the sink when you’re ready to cook.
  5. Let chicken come to room temperature while you preheat the grill to medium temperature.  
  6. When you’re ready to put chicken on the grill, brush it on both sides with olive oil (or use another neutral-flavored higher smoke-point oil if you have one.)
  7. To get criss-cross grill marks, lay meat or chicken diagonally across grill grates and cook until you see grill marks (about 3-4 minutes for chicken).
  8. Rotate the meat so it is diagonal on the grill grates going the opposite way and cook 3-4 minutes.
  9. Turn over and cook until it’s firm, but not hard to the touch for chicken; for pork or beef I would use an Instant Read Meat Thermometer (affiliate link) to determine doneness.

Savory Low-Carb Marinade for Grilled Chicken, Pork, or Beef found on KalynsKitchen.com

Serve hot and wait for compliments!

Make it a Meal:

In the photo the chicken is served with Green Bean, Tomato, Onion, and Basil Summer Salad. Any type of vegetables cooked on the grill would also make a great side dish for this.

More Tasty Ideas for Low-Carb Dinners:

Low-Carb Index Page ~ Slow Cooker or Pressure Cooker
Low-Carb Grilled Bacon Cheeseburger Meatballs ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
The BEST Low-Carb Chicken Thigh Recipes ~ All Day I Dream About Food
Grilled Chicken Thighs with Lemon and Za’atar ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen

Savory Low-Carb Marinade for Grilled Chicken, Pork, or Beef

Savory Low-Carb Marinade for Grilled Chicken, Pork, or Beef

Yield 8 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

This Savory Low-Carb Marinade is great for Grilled Chicken, Pork, or Beef.


  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 3 T full fat mayo
  • 1 T Worcestershire sauce (see notes)
  • 1 T lemon juice, preferably fresh squeezed (see notes)
  • 1 tsp. Veg-Sal or salt
  • 1 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 T Poultry Seasoning
  • 1 T garlic puree or garlic powder
  • 1 T sweet paprika, preferably Hungarian paprika
  • 1/2 T onion powder
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme (optional, but recommended)


  1. Put all ingredients in a bowl or glass measuring cup and whisk together, or you can combine ingredients by shaking in a jar. (Don’t worry if there are some beads of mayo that don’t combine; they will dissolve when you’re marinating the meat.)
  2. If I’m using this on chicken I follow my Tips for Juicy Grilled Chicken Breasts. No matter which types of meat I’m using, I like to make shallow score marks on the surface of the meat to make a little more surface area, which helps it cook more evenly.
  3. Put the chicken, pork, or beef in a Ziploc bag or a plastic container with a tight-fitting lid. Pour over just enough marinade to cover the meat, then let it marinate in the fridge for 6-8 hours or longer.
  4. To cook, preheat gas or charcoal grill to medium heat. (You can hold your hand there for only about 3 seconds at that heat.) Lay the pieces of chicken or meat diagonally across the grill grates and cook until you start to see grill marks (3-4 minutes for chicken and maybe slightly longer for meat).
  5. Then rotate the chicken or meat until it’s diagonally going the opposite way on the grill grates and cook until you see good grill marks going the other way.
  6. Turn over and cook until it’s firm, but not hard to the touch for chicken (just a few minutes more unless the chicken is really thick.) For beef or pork I would use an Instant Read Meat Thermometer (affiliate link) to cook to your preferred level of doneness.
  7. If you’re cooking just a few piece of meat, just store the extra marinade in the fridge and use it later on some other type of meat
  8. Extra marinade will keep in the fridge for at least a week (or maybe longer, but I’ve never managed to keep it around for more than a week.)


I used my fresh-frozen lemon juice for this recipe. I used 1 T Worcestershire sauce for chicken but when I used it on pork or beef I increased it to 2 T. Be sure to use Gluten-Free Worcestershire Sauce (affiliate link) if needed.

Nutritional information is for the marinade only.

This recipe is one Kalyn has made for so long, she can't remember where she got it.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 168Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 129mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Chicken, pork, or beef marinated in this would be perfect for any phase of The original South Beach Diet or other low-carb or low-glycemic diet plans.

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    68 Comments on “Savory Low-Carb Marinade for Grilled Chicken, Pork, or Beef”

  1. Eileen so glad it was a hit!

  2. Delicious!! Made this tonight with chicken to bring to a Barn Dance and picnic. My 2 & 3 yo daughters enjoyed mixing up all the marinade ingredients (and in fact were licking it off their fingers at one point!)

  3. Michelle, thanks!

    Arica, so glad to hear you liked it.

  4. Thank you so much! I used this recipe with chicken and my husband and I decided to call this chicken steak as it made the chicken taste just like steak! Yum! Keep sharing!

  5. Looks like a great go-to recipe, especially for grill season!

  6. Dara, thanks! I admit I'm a bit of a fanatic about the grill marks!

    Ronelle, how lovely to have a place in the mountains. Nothing better than eating in the outdoors!

  7. this is a lovely marinade Kalyn. I'm definitely taking it along to our mountain home, where we SO often have Al fresco meals by die fire!

  8. Look at those cross hatch marks! I really like the sound of this marinade, particularly with the mayo for moistness.

  9. Amanda, the mayo adds a lot of flavor and keeps the meat moist. I really like it in this.

  10. Sounds great Kalyn, marinades are the best. I have to say I've never heard of using mayo in a marinade though!

  11. Flavors marry each other in this marinade… So perfect…

  12. Rookie Cookie, I don't remember how I first got the idea to do it, but I've been scoring my meat when I marinate it for years, and I do think it makes a difference. (Plus I love the way it looks too!)

    Emily, so glad you have enjoyed the recipe!

  13. This is our family's all-time favorite marinade. I have tried others and none compare. So good! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Brilliant. I have never thought to score the meat. Definitely going to do that next time I grill meat.

  15. Jen thanks. Glad you liked it!

    I need to marinate something in this so I can take photos!

  16. i just finished eating the chicken that i had in this marinade overnight and i needed to get on here right away to say thanks! i doubt if i will ever use another marinade ever again…i just think its fantastic!

  17. This marinade is great! I used it on pork chops and bbq’d them and they were delicious. Thank you!

  18. Thanks so much for the recipes and your comment on our blog. We appreciate the chance to try new things!

  19. I like the recipe but can not use the mayo because I have an allergy to it so I use Miracle Whip and it is good also.

  20. I love the marinade recipes. Thanks.