I’m always looking for new ways to prepare chicken, and this citrus marinated chicken is a new favorite.
With an orange lime marinade, a bit of a kick from the chili powder, and topped with freshly chopped cilantro – it’s a perfect summer dish.
What does citrus do to your chicken, when you marinade it?
A lot of marinade recipes, call for acidic fruits. But what do these do to the chicken?
-The acid from fruit, or vinegars, that you add to your chicken marinade, soften your chicken. They break down the skin, and allow the flavor to seep in.
However, if you add too much acid, your chicken could end up with a strange texture. One rule of thumb to trust, when it comes to marinade is keeping your oils and your acids 50/50.
This means if you add one cup of lemon juice, you should be adding 1 cup of oil, or substance that takes place of oil.
This will help your chicken, not just break down, but soak in flavor.
However, if you are marinating your chicken for less than 12 hours, it’s okay to have a little more acidic substances. For this particular recipe, I was only able to marinade it for an hour, so I did add a little bit more acidic substances.
If you plan on marinading this recipe overnight, I would add about 2 more tablespoons of olive oil.
The grilled chicken rule:
When grilling chicken, there is one rule you have to stick to, in order to have juicy, delicious chicken. This rule of thumb is only 3 words.
Low And Slow.
That’s all you need to remember to have juicy, fully cooked chicken breasts, full of flavor.
Keep your temperature low, on the grill, and cook it longer, for the best results.
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Looking for some side dishes to go with this Citrus Marinated Chicken? Here are a few of our favorites:
- Ranch Roasted Carrots
- Italian Fresh Green Salad
- Roasted Parmesan Potatoes
- Oven Roasted Broccoli
- Orange Glazed Carrots
Citrus Marinated Chicken Recipe
- 2 teaspoon minced garlic
- ½ onion finely diced
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 2 teaspoon ground cumin
- ¼ teaspoon chili powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 2 Tablespoons orange juice
- 2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1½ lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs
- 1 Tablespoon fresh cilantro chopped
- In a large ziploc bag, shake to combine garlic, onion, oregano, cumin, chili, salt, pepper, olive oil, orange juice, and lime juice.
- Add chicken thighs, reseal, and marinade in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
- Remove from marinade and cook in a skillet over medium high heat for 15 minutes. Flip them over and continue to cook for an additional 10-15 minutes until chicken is cooked all the way through.
- Top with cilantro and serve.
- For juicy chicken breasts keep your temperature low, on the grill, and cook it longer, for the best results.
- Large Ziplock Bag
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