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 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.

Sprite Dale's grilled chicken

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.

Accompaniments: Two of my family’s favorite sides for this chicken are twice baked potatoes and Greek Chopped Salad. This makes a wonderful, hearty, flavorful lunch or dinner that is second to none.

I’d love to hear from you if you try this. Please leave any questions or comments below! As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Wishing you a joyful, blessed, and savvy day!!!

Sprite & Dale's Grilled Chicken

Yield: 14
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

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


  • 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)


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


Sear these at high heat to get a char, then reduce heat to finish cooking.

Nutrition Information
Yield 14 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 370Total Fat 23gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 18gCholesterol 102mgSodium 4686mgCarbohydrates 6gNet Carbohydrates 0gFiber 1gSugar 4gSugar Alcohols 0gProtein 34g

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  1. Hi Mary! I am SO happy to hear that you loved the marinade!!! It is FABULOUS, isn’t it???? And Dale’s marinade is the BOMB for sure!!!! Blessings to you and yours!!! XoXo

  2. This was EXCELLENT! Our new “go to” grilled chicken marinade. Such great flavor! I like that the Sprite and oil “stretch out” our bottle of Dale’s Marinade, too:) Thank you so much for sharing the recipe! Yum!

  3. Hi there! Interestingly, this is one recipe that I only make when I know that I’ll be able to grill it. The heat/flames/smoke along with the marinade are what lend the huge flavor. But if you try another method that tastes good, please share! I would suppose that the next best thing to grilling might be searing in cast iron and finishing in an oven.

  4. Wow, this looks fabulous. Question: If you’re at a location where cooking on a grill isn’t possible, what do suggest? Thank you in advance.

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