Grilled Citrus-Marinated Mexican Chicken

Does anyone else desperately need a vacation? Or how about some chicken that just tastes like you’re on vacation?

Behold, I give you Grilled Citrus-Marinated Mexican Chicken!

Grilled Citrus Marinated Mexican Chicken |

You guys, I pretty much live for this chicken. It is so incredible moist succulent and flavorful, the pictures just don’t do it justice.

I took one bite and realized just how badly the husband and I need to get out of this Portland snow-globe of clouds and go somewhere beautiful. Sooooo I booked us a cruise to the Greek isles and Istanbul.

I’m SO excited! Eeee!

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Aren’t those just the pretties oranges you’ve ever seen?

Grilled Citrus Marinated Mexican Chicken |

Psych! They’re actually Honeybells, which are a cross between a grapefruit and a tangerine. Beautiful, right?

The only thing more beautiful may be these caramelized grill marks:

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The chicken gets marinated in orange juice overnight, so the acid tenderizes the chicken and the sugar helps create those oh-so-pretty caramelized grill marks.

You can cook this chicken on a grill, or using a grill pan like this one on your stove top.

Enough about the chicken, let’s get back to talking about my vacation. What do you think I should learn to cook while I’m in Greece?

I’m DEFINITELY going to hit up the spice markets in Istanbul and eat a ton of fish at each island we visit. Anyone have any other travel advice for us? It’s going to be my first time to Greece so I could really use some tips!

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This chicken is totally killer (yes, I just said “killer”) with some Mexican rice and a class Three Bean & Three Pepper Salad (recipe is on it’s way!).

For those of you that follow me on Facebook, you probably saw that I gave my followers the choice between this recipe being posted today, or my recipe for German Goulash. I think everyone must be as sick of the cold weather as I am because this tropical chicken recipe won by majority vote.

Be sure to pin this recipe to share it with your loved ones!

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Here’s Your Recipe!

Grilled Citrus-Marinated Mexican Chicken
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Serves: 4
  • 1 c. fresh orange juice
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1 dried chipotle chili pepper, stemmed and seeded
  • 1 c. mild salsa
  • ¼ c. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1 orange, sliced into rings
  • ¼ c. chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  1. Bring the orange juice, lime juice and chili pepper to a boil in a small saucepan. Turn the heat down to medium and simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes or until the chili pepper is re-hydrated. Turn off the heat and let cool.
  2. Once cooked, pour the juice mixture into the bowl of a blender and add the salsa, olive oil, and salt. Puree until smooth. Place the chicken in a plastic zipper-close bag, then pour the marinade over the top. Let marinate at least 2 hours, or up to 10 hours.
  3. Preheat your grill to about 400 degrees Fahrenheit (high heat). Once hot, place the chicken breasts on the grill rack and cook 12-20 minutes (depending on thickness of breast), turning every few minutes to prevent burning.
  4. Once cooked through, remove the chicken from the grill and place on a platter. Garnish with the orange slices and cilantro.


  1. Crystal says

    Love the chicken recipe!! We grill year round usually, but this winter has been a tad bit too cold for this Texan to be outside grilling. Have fun on your cruise. It’s going to be amazing trip! Thanks for the recipe!!

    • says

      Thanks, Crystal! This lady is going to have to get back in the gym to get ready for vacation! Overeating kind of goes with the food-blogging territory ;) Enjoy the chicken!

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