Sprite & Dale’s Grilled Chicken

Sprite & Dale’s grilled chicken is our hands down favorite grilled chicken recipe. Everyone loves it, and it is the easiest recipe ever!

Sprite & Dale's grilled chicken









If you are looking for a quick and delicious marinade, look no further. I found this recipe years ago (it was originally for turkey tenderloins), and it now my go-to recipe for grilled chicken.

Since I keep a large bag of frozen chicken tenderloins in the freezer, I make this often. The chicken is best if marinaded overnight, but it will also be good with a day-long soak.

The key ingredient, Dale’s Seasoning, is hugely popular in the South and really is a miracle seasoning. Even a short marinade in Dales will yield huge flavor. Dale’s is similar to soy sauce but much more complex. It is very high in sodium, so I buy the lower sodium version.

This chicken is great the next day, and I often make a large batch so that my family can carry leftovers to school. We love serving the chicken with our favorite Bob Gibson’s white sauce.  If you’ve never tried white barbecue sauce, you must! It is the perfect sauce for grilled poultry and barbecue brisket, beef & pork.

This marinade is also used for another of our favorites~Grilled Turkey Mignons. If you can find turkey tenderloins in your grocery, you should definitely give these a try.


Sprite & Dale's Grilled Chicken

My favorite marinade and my family's favorite chicken! Easy and delicious!

5 min

25 min

30 min

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  • 2-3 pounds boneless skinless chicken tenders
  • 1 can regular (not diet) Sprite or Mt. Dew
  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 3/4 cup Dale's seasoning (I use lower sodium)


  • Mix sprite, oil, and Dales until well combined.
  • Pour over chicken and marinade overnight; turn occasionally to coat both sides.
  • Grill chicken over medium coals until internal temperature reaches at least 165 degrees.
Recipe Type: chicken

Accompaniments: Two of my favorite sides for this chicken are twice baked potatoes and a simple chopped salad with one of our favorite dressings, Makoto Honey Ginger Dressing.  I am addicted to this dressing. It tastes as good or better than the ginger dressings served on salads at Japanese steak houses. It is so fresh and light tasting on iceberg lettuce (like they serve at Japanese steakhouses) and goes so well with grilled chicken.

Screen Shot 2013-07-15 at 7.27.21 PMI’d love to hear from you if you try the chicken, so please leave comments! It really is a family favorite that I love sharing. Thanks so much for stopping by. Be blessed, and stay savvy!