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Grilled chicken with Fresh Raspberry Marinade

Have extra fresh raspberries in your garden? Here’s a delicious meal that will help you use them up. Grilled Chicken with Fresh Raspberry Marinade is a wonderful healthy, easy recipe the whole family will enjoy.

Grilled Chicken With Fresh Raspberry Marinade

Grilled Chicken With Fresh Raspberry Marinade with Rice/Quinoa blend and fresh raspberries on the side.

Summer is a fun time of year to try new ways to use up our garden produce.  Ripe raspberries, fresh or frozen work really well for this marinade. But if you have fresh ripe raspberries add them too and eat them on the side. The intense fresh berry flavor adds a great deal to this meal.

However, Delicious, delicate, fresh raspberry marinade does wonders for grilled chicken, white fish or pork too. Even without the fresh raspberries this marinade makes a yummy enhancer for white meats. Try our Brown Rice Quinoa blend for a healthy side dish. It’s so good with this dinner.

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Fresh Raspberries

Fresh Raspberries from our raspberry patch make a delicious side and fresh raspberry marinade with grilled chicken.

Four years ago we started this blog. Kayti and Brian lived in a home with a raspberry patch. They brought us fresh raspberries and I made our first fresh Raspberry Marinade. Dave loved those berries so much that he asked her for some starts from her bushes. Then he spent the better part of the next summer making a HUGE raised bed for his new raspberry patch.

Raspberry Bed

Dave’s new Raspberry patch in a raised bed behind a few of his young blueberry bushes

His Raspberry Patch is in year three and getting Enormous! So yes, I’m rather focused on raspberry recipes at the moment. They are just coming ripe and we will have LOT of them this year!


Grilled Chicken with Fresh Raspberry Marinade Recipe Notes:

This Garden to Table recipe is a cinch to put together. You can either chop the veggies by hand or use your food processor to speed things up a bit. Although by the time I wash my food processor the time saved isn’t very much.

Rough chopping is perfectly fine for a marinade. Just chop the ingredients fine to allow the flavors to escape into the berry juice mixture. So good! I was concerned the Jalapeño would overwhelm the other flavors but it didn’t! The chicken had no hint of heat distinct from the other flavors. So if you want a kick to your chicken try a hotter variety of pepper.

Fresh Raspberry Marinade Ingredients. A Wonderful Flavor Combo For Grilled Chicken.

Some ingredients for this marinade. Crushed raspberries, chipotle seasoning, tarragon, ginger, jalapeño, garlic and shallot.

Once the marinade has done it’s magic you’re ready to grill that flavorful meat.

I made this dinner on our gas grill. You can use any grill, including a small kitchen grill like our Cuisinart contact grill but the times may be different.

  1. Heat the grill to 450 degrees F.
  2. Set the marinaded chicken  pieces on the grill and close the lid.
  3. After 15 minutes turn the chicken and brush it with your reserved marinade.
  4. Close the lid and check it in 15 minutes.

Of course your chicken pieces are not often perfectly uniform. If you have smaller pieces, as I did, you will have to check them more frequently and be ready to turn the small pieces sooner. Chicken breasts larger than 6 oz. or very thick will take longer. You may want to cut them in half if they are really huge. (Mine were over a pound! so I cut the breasts in half).

You can also use the foil packet method if you prefer on your gas grill. We have made grilled chicken with fresh raspberry marinade both ways. 

  1. Preheat the grill to high heat
  2. Place the marinated chicken pieces into a piece of foil large enough to surround the chicken with overlap.
  3. Set the chicken on the foil and pull the foil up to the top. Hopefully you will have about two inches of overlap.
  4. Fold the top together and make a seam. Fold up the open ends of the foil packet.
  5. Place the packets on your preheated grill for about 30 minutes.
  6. Check one occasionally to make sure the are properly done.
  7. Remove the packets from the grill when the chicken is done with no pink in the middle and the juices run clear.
Grilled Chicken With Fresh Raspberry Marinade

Grilled Chicken with Fresh Raspberry Marinade

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Grilled Chicken With Fresh Raspberry Marinade
Yield: 4 Cups

Grilled Chicken with Fresh Raspberry Marinade

Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Chill Time: 1 day
Total Time: 1 day 2 hours 30 minutes

Have extra fresh raspberries in your garden? Here's a raspberry marinade for chicken, pork or fish that will use your raspberry harvest and enhance grilled meats. A lovely garden to table marinade. Delicious!


  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons Soy sauce or tamari
  • 2 Cups fresh red raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons chopped Tarragon
  • 1 Shallot Chopped
  • 1 Jalapeno- Chopped small
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon Finely Chopped Ginger
  • 1 Tsp. Chipotle dry seasoning
  • 1/8  Cup honey
  • 4 6 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breasts


Prepare the vegetables, Tarragon and ginger as directed.

Crush the fresh raspberries (frozen unsweetened berries can be used for this recipe). Strain out the raspberry seeds if preferred.

Mix all the marinade ingredients well in a bowl and put all but 1 Cup into a one gallon plastic bag or large bowl.

Add 4 6 oz. chicken breasts or pork or fish equivalent. Seal the bag or cover the bowl.

Marinate for at least two hours up to overnight in the fridge.

Chill the reserved cup of marinade for brushing on the meat at the grill.

Grill on medium high heat (450 degrees F) for 15 minutes.

Turn the chicken and grill another 15 minutes or until done. Brush on reserved marinade to keep chicken moist if necessary.

Meat is done when it's cooked through with no pink in the middle and the juices run clear. For fish Cook until the meat is flaky and firm but NOT dry.

ALTERNATE FOIL PACKET METHOD: For each marinaded piece of meat Cut a piece of foil large enough to hold the meat with a seam at the top of the foil packet. Fold the top and roll the open ends up to contain leaks. Set the foil packets on the grill for 30 minutes on high heat.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

6 oz.

Amount Per Serving Calories 235Total Fat 2.8gSaturated Fat 0.1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 98mgSodium 0mgCarbohydrates 11.4gFiber 4.4gSugar 3.7gProtein 40.8g

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Michelle Marine

Friday 13th of July 2018

So good, Diane!! I love fresh raspberries in salads, yogurt, by the handful, but never thought to turn them into a marinade. I'm definitely going to try this.


Friday 13th of July 2018

Hi Michelle , I have your chicken marinade on my list too. So fun to share garden to table recipes!

Angie Rose

Tuesday 10th of July 2018

This looks absolutely delicious Diane! I've been really dedicating all my time into my new raised garden beds this year, so raspberries haven't been my main focus. After all the veggie beds are taken care of, I'm switching my focus to berries next year. I plan on dedicating time into making a new strawberry and raspberry patch! This recipe looks so simple, savory and sweet that I'm definitely saving it to my recipe list :)


Tuesday 10th of July 2018

Hi Angie, Your garden beds look marvelous! I know how much time and energy it takes to put all that together. Berries are another type of challenge. You'll get to them in time. We have been enjoying ours this last several years in the raised beds he made for them. And my berry recipe list just keeps growing. This marinade is a good way to use up extra fresh raspberries in a hurry.


Tuesday 10th of July 2018

Oh my goodness what a great sounding marinade - can't wait to try it! I've never thought to use raspberries this way. :) I'm also really jealous of your raspberry patch - I tried numerous times in our last house (after growing them without problems in our city house) with no luck - they'd just die. I'm hoping for better growing conditions in our new place!


Tuesday 10th of July 2018

Hi Jami, I hope so too. We had a similar experience here. Hence, the raised raspberry bed project. It's been a few years of just getting a handful off at a time but this year is the big payoff. We love these berries so much just eating them right off the vine is our favorite. The marinade is really good with the fresh berries on the side. Yummy combo! I hope you try to grow raspberries in your new place.


Tuesday 10th of July 2018

Diane, this raspberry marinade looks and sounds delicious. I can see the sugar from the berries makes a nice carmelization on the grilled chicken and can only imagine how tasty the sweet and tart flavor must be in the dish. Definitely pinning for later.


Tuesday 10th of July 2018

Hi Patty, This is a nice marinade. It blends the flavors well for grilled chicken. Try it with the fresh berries on the side. SO intense and satisfying!

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