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Marinade Recipes: Pumpkin Spice Marinade

pumpkin spice marinated chicken
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Recipe Difficulty: Easy

Brown sugar and pumpkin spice and everything nice combine for a seasonal Fall marinade full of flavor. The sweetness of the brown sugar and honey is balanced nicely with a kick of cayenne pepper and smoky paprika, making this mouthwatering mixture far from the expected pumpkin spice flavor. And if you want to go even spicier still, try adding slivers of fresh cayenne pepper to your marinade!

Enjoy cooking with pumpkin? Check out our Grilled Chicken with Pumpkin Mole recipe to try the wonderful combination of pumpkin and Mexican chocolate.

    15 min - 20 min
    2 hrs
    2 hrs 20 min


  • 4 tbsp. pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin spice
  • Salt & pepper, to taste


  1. Add all ingredients to a small mixing bowl and whisk to combine or use a food processor for a thicker marinade or sauce.
  2. Transfer marinade to a large resealable bag and add preferred protein; let marinate for at least 2 hours to overnight.
  3. Remove protein when marinated and grill until cooked.