Easy 7-Up Marinade

Family recipes may be my favorite recipes ever!  My grandma passed down this recipe to me. I am not sure where she got it from, but it made into one of her two GIANT cookbooks she gave me when I went to college.  Both she and my mom make this marinade all the time, because really, it is SO easy AND tastes amazing!  I like to credit its amazing flavor to the 7-Up :)  Now that we finally have a grill, I make it all the time for a quick, easy and delicious dinner.

5.0 from 4 reviews
Easy 7-Up Marinade
An easy and delicious marinade that is jam-packed with amazing flavor!
Recipe type: Entrée
  • 2 cups 7-Up
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. horseradish, (Optional) I use Kraft Sauceworks Horseradish
  • ½ tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 cup oil
  1. In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients together.
  2. Trim Chicken and poke holes with fork.
  3. Place chicken in a 9x13 and pour marinade over top and cover. Place in fridge.
  4. Marinade 8 hours or overnight
  5. Grill chicken and eat up!


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    • Chef in Training

      I did four large chicken breasts in mine because that is what would fit in my 9×13. You could probably get 5-6 normal sized chicken breasts into the 9×13.

  1. YES!! This is amazing. My mom used a variant of this (no horseradish, but added salt and pepper) and it was awesome! It’s also great on beef, as well!

    • Chef in Training

      No I don’t think it will work as well. The sugars in regular soda help with caramelizing and you don’t really get that with High Intensity Sweeteners that come in Diet sodas. If you do end up trying it, let me know how it tastes and turns out for you :)

  2. Cheryl Webb

    Hi Nikki
    I love your recipes – so easy and delicious!! Thank you for posting all of them!!

    With this one, could you also cook the chicken in the oven after you’ve marinated it, instead of grilling it??

    Thanks again!

    • Chef in Training

      I am sure you could! I haven’t tried it but sounds yummy! Let me know how it goes for you if you try it :)

    • Chef in Training

      I am sure you can cut it back! But all it does is soak in it. A lot of the marinade gets thrown out so not all the oil is used. But I am sure you can cut it back if you wanted to without any problems :)

    • Kathleen

      I only have diet 7-up, BUT I do have a 2-liter bottle of Mountain Dew that I bought to kill some wasps without chemicals (thanks, guy at Home Depot). So . . . I am going to use that and see how it turns out!

  3. Vero

    Hi there,
    I’ve NEVER used horseradish in any recipe and have no idea if my family or I will like it. Can I leave it out and still have great tasting chicken? Or was the “optional” message just for the brand?

  4. Rica

    I use 7-up or sprite when I marinate my meat. (pork or chicken). I put soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper, garlic and a little bit of canola oil. It’s my family’s favorite marinate recipe. When I didn’t have 7-up or sprite I used Dr Pepper and it tasted really good, too! We couldn’t tell the difference.

  5. Bettie

    My family loved this chicken recipe. The flavor was delicious. I was a little worried that it might be too sweet with the 7-Up, but it wasn’t at all. 4/4 of us liked this recipe and asked me to keep it on the remake list. Thanks again for another great recipe.

  6. RickG

    I made a few minor changes and turned out fantastic!

    1) I had frozen Kroger Breasts – left them out for 5 hours and then made the marinade the night before.
    2) In the morning – I took out the Chickens and used a fork to poke holes.
    4) I used a 2.5 Gallon bag to store everything in – not a pan.
    5) I used 3X hot Horseradish – so – I cut that back 50%
    6) We love Hoisan sauce! I put in 2 TBSP. Hoisan gives you that Salty / Sweet look the recipe calls for.
    7) I had so much chicken I multiplied every quantity by 1.5.
    8) The left over marinade went in to a cup and I constantly basted with it while on the grill.

    Great recipe!

  7. Julia

    I have never used Horseradish in a recipe … does it make the meat spicy or hot like plain horseradish is.

  8. chastity

    This is awesome!!! I have never left a review for any recipe but I wanted to share with everyone how great this is!!
    Try it, you will not be sorry!!!

  9. Ginger

    I used Squirt because that was all I had – no 7up. It was delicious. Even my picky eaters loved it. Thank you! Loved the recipe!!!

  10. Donna Mantle

    This is delicious and tender and amazing…I could go on…
    I was out of 7-up but I have a Soda Stream machine & I had lemon lime syrup…so I used that soda it was still perfect.

  11. Katie

    MY mom’s variation of this is 7up, soy sauce, and zesty italian dressing. Definately my favorite grilled chicken marinade!!

  12. Mike

    Is the carbonation in the drink a main effect in the marinade, or would I be able to make a lemon lime sugar water mixture and use that?