Dr. Pepper Marinated Chicken

Dr. Pepper marinated chicken breasts on the grill is my favorite marinade. It is sweet and makes the meat so tender and delicious!  When my daughter is home, we usually add extra brown sugar.  She likes her meat to be extra sweet.  One of the beauties of marinades is the flexibility.  Have a vampire problem?  Add more garlic.  Watching your sodium?  Use a low sodium soy sauce or cut back on the soy sauce.  This recipe is easy to tweak until it is perfect for you and your family.

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Dr. Pepper Marinated Chicken Breasts

Recommended Cooking Tools

Grill (I used a gas grill, but your favorite grill will work perfectly)
Ziploc Freezer Bags
Grilling Tongs
Instant Read Thermometer
Serving Dish


**Are you feeling intimidated about grilling chicken breasts?  Check out my Beginner’s Guide to the Most Delicious Grilled Chicken**


This is another recipe born out of necessity.  I was planning to make grilled chicken marinated in Italian dressing.  We don’t seem to have any Italian dressing.  Since we had some when I planned this meal, I’m just not sure what happened there.

  Dr. Pepper Marinated Chicken

We first tried this during my husband’s cooking weeks.  For two weeks, he did all of the grocery shopping and cooking so I could have a break.  Isn’t he a sweety?  By the way, it was an amazing two weeks.

Dr. Pepper Marinated Chicken

I just put the chicken breasts into a Ziploc bag and pour the marinade over them.  I let them soak in that loveliness for most of the day.  By dinner time, they are ready for the grill.

Dr. Pepper Marinated Chicken  

The Dr. Pepper gives the meat a lovely flavor plus the carbonation makes the meat really juicy and tender.  The soy sauce and garlic each give the meat a great deal of savory delight.  The brown sugar enhanced the sweetness.  All of the unique flavors play well together.  

dr. pepper marinated chicken

In the picture above is a Cheesy Ranch Biscuit.  It really is a great addition to this or any meal.  Check out that recipe if you haven’t already.

Are you ready to make some Dr. Pepper marinated chicken breasts on the grill?  Check out the recipe below!


Dr. Pepper Marinated Chicken

Dr. Pepper Marinated Chicken


  • 8 Chicken Breasts
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1 can (12 fl oz) Dr. Pepper soda (or similar product)
  • 1 heaping tbsp minced garlic (seriously heaping)
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Ziploc bag (gallon size)


  • Put everything in the Ziploc bag and let it hang out in the fridge. Mine will likely marinate for 5 hours or more. Once they are marinated, prep your grill, and grill the breasts until they are thoroughly cooked through.
  • Here are some pics of the chicken soaking up all that goodness.
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Check out this Dr. Pepper Marinade for chicken breasts on the grill!

About Trisha

Trisha Kilpatrick is a homeschooling mother of three. She has a degree in Education with a double major in Elementary and Special Education, but she is more proud of her countless hours of volunteer work in Children’s Church. She believes that all children can learn and that, in life, simple is almost always best. *Affiliate links are used on this site. I may be compensated when you click on or buy from these links. If you have any questions, you can contact me at questions@trishadishes.com .

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