Grilled Marinara Chicken

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on June 17, 2010

I loved the Grilled Salsa Chicken so much.  I had to try something similar with marinara and fresh Italian herbs.

It’s a toss up.

They are both just so yum-ilicious!


  • 1 package chicken thighs ($2.26) Manager’s Special :)
  • Fresh basil, oregano, thyme (from the garden)
  • 1 jar favorite marinara or spaghetti sauce ($.99) Coupon and sale
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 box whole wheat rotini pasta ($1)
  • (Parmesan cheese…Steve had some on his pasta, the rest of us did not.) ($.05)
  • 2 large broccoli heads, cut into florets ($.74) On sale last week!


1. Chop the herbs.

2. Stuff the herbs under the skin on the chicken thighs.

3. Spoon in some sauce (just like with the salsa in the Grilled Salsa Chicken.) Season with salt and pepper.

4. Grill until cooked through.

5. Cook pasta as directed on box. Serve with remaining marinara sauce and Parmesan cheese (optional).

6. Steam broccoli florets.

7. Serve Grilled Marinara Chicken with Pasta and Broccoli.

Cost $5.04

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy June 17, 2010 at 8:17 pm

Awesome meal! Very simple but it looks delicious!! Thanks!


Terry F. June 21, 2010 at 6:43 pm

Sounds great. I’m always on the lookout for easy grilling recipes for summer meals.


Carole June 23, 2010 at 10:15 pm

Hi! Just got our first grill and I’m excited to try this! My ? is: doesn’t the sauce under the skin leak out while you grill the chicken? I’m assuming you put the meat right onto the rack, not on a pan, right?


Jenna May 22, 2011 at 10:09 pm

Wonder if it would work to marinade chicken breasts with the sauce and herbs – I have a hang up on bone in chicken.


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom May 23, 2011 at 7:51 pm

You could certainly do that Jenna!


Marisa July 15, 2012 at 10:37 pm

Im not very successful on grilling chicken. Think this would work in the oven?


Laura July 14, 2013 at 7:33 pm

Looking at the price of the chicken, what is a manager’s special?


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