Thyme Marinade

Pete and I braai quite often, actually very regularly and having lived in Mauritius for a period of 2 and a half years, we had to get accustomed to eating a lot more chicken than red meat due to the astronomical cost of meat which meant I had to get adventurous on  occasion for a new flavour  for a chicken braai (barbecue) plus one of the few fresh herbs available on the island is thyme.  This marinade turned out nicer than I had anticipated. 🙂

Thyme Marinade


250ml white wine – I used chardonnay
125ml oil
125ml cup brown sugar
60ml tomato paste
2 garlic cloves crushed
20ml fresh thyme leaves


  1. Blend all ingredients together.
  2. Marinate chicken pieces for an hour before cooking or braaing (barbecuing)
  3. Baste chicken with marinade during cooking.
This marinade is sufficient for at least 12 pieces of chicken.

42 thoughts on “Thyme Marinade

  1. Teehee…. I thought your opening sentence was ‘Pete and I brawl a lot…..’ Wowza I thought, I’m in for an interesting read here. Lol. But no, I’m clearly creating dramas in my head there.
    The marinade sounds amazing, I’m such a thyme fan, I have a lemon thyme plant which is awesome. 🙂 I’m craving chicken, think I’ll try this for dinner. 🙂

    • Haa haa Anna, can you imagine somebody posting about that! oh dear.
      Ooh, lemon thyme would be a definite hit with this marinade. Enjoy it with the chicken. My Mom and now Dad are here visiting and I have put in my order for dinner tonight – roast leg of lamb with creamed spinach and sweet carrots – YUMMY! Oh and of course gravy and roast spuds! 😀
      Have a happy week. 🙂

    • Happy Birthday again Tandy, hope you are having a special day, we will toast in your honour this evening with my folks.
      We have an indoor braai so there is never a “not” braai weather for Pete. 😀
      Have a happy week. 🙂 xo

    • Thanks Kristy! I had a flavour in mind and thought these would be the flavours to achieve it. It turned out completely different to what I had anticipated but was still super yummy. Have a happy week. 🙂

    • Thanks Celia. I have now cleared my herb garden which had become an overgrown weed bed with a very healthy bay tree in the middle of it all and am looking forward to planting all my herbs soon again. Have a happy week. 🙂

  2. Meat is also very expensive in SA lately, so we also eat more chicken and fish! I love thyme – I bookmarked the recipe for use once it is warmer in Cape Town!

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