Citrus Marinated Grilled Chicken

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Delish? Yes! This Citrus Marinated Grilled Chicken is bright, moist and full of flavor. It’s grilled to perfection with a slight hint of heat.

Citrus Marinated Grilled chicken

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Citrus Marinated Grilled Chicken

After the Polar Vortex froze us solid for a couple of weeks, the temps have risen.

Actually the weather has been sunny and warm enough to enjoy the outdoors in the last few days. Shhh! I don’t want to put a jinx on anything. (My husband and I had just talked about how our boys had really not gotten hurt and our youngest broke his arm two days later! See jinx, be careful!)

We took advantage of the warmer temperatures this weekend and grilled chicken.

For my Citrus Marinated Grilled Chicken, the chicken breasts marinate in freshly squeezed orange and lemon juice to give it a kick. The chicken marinade also has Worcestershire, red pepper flakes and a few more spices. I let it marinate in the refrigerator for just a couple of hours. (We also made Grilled chicken caprese.)

Usually, Wesley or Lincoln grills and I make all the other food. Wesley was busy, so I asked Lincoln to help. He did at first but got distracted. I have an internal timer for baking but not grilling. I almost let these breasts cook too long on the first side. Time sure does fly when you’re grilling….

Serving Suggestions

The citrus gives this Citrus Marinated Grilled Chicken a really bright taste and the red pepper the heat I prefer because I used a light touch with it! We had these with my Vegetable Pasta Salad and easy 10 Minute Rolls, but I’m cooking extra to use in a Cobb Salad Sandwich for later!

There are so many dishes you can use this chicken in. Don’t forget to review my Encore dishes for ideas and recipes for leftover turkey or chicken. You could put the extra chicken on salads and sandwiches, in dips and wraps, on nachos, in soup, in tacos, and on pizza. Clearly there are many, many ways to use chicken so always, always cook or grill extra when you’re cooking!

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Citrus Marinated Grilled chicken

Citrus Marinated Grilled Chicken

Bright, moist and flavorful this chicken has a slight hint of heat. Adjust heat level to your liking. Serve this chicken with a side salad and bread or use in sandwiches, wraps, tacos, nachos.
Author: Paula
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Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 8 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
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  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 Tablespoons dried cilantro or 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 6 chicken breasts


  • In a zip-top bag place all ingredients, and mush to combine. Refrigerate 30 minutes up to 2 hours.
  • Preheat grill to 400 degrees.
  • Place chicken breast on the grill. Cook 4 to 5 minutes on the first side before turning.
  • Turn and cook another 3 to 4 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees.
  • Remove from grill and serve hot.


  • I used boneless skinless chicken breasts.
  • You could use bone-in, skin-on if you prefer.
  • This recipe would also be good with chicken thighs, legs, or tenders.
  • Adjust cooking time accordingly.
  • Chicken on the bone takes longer to cook.


Calories: 207kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 108mg | Sodium: 512mg | Potassium: 697mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 148IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg
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