This Mexican marinated chicken recipe uses orange and lime juices, a chili pepper, olive oil, salsa and salt to create grilled chicken that is incredibly succulent and flavorful!
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!
You guys, I pretty much live for this chicken. It is so incredibly
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 snow-globe of clouds and go somewhere beautiful.
Aren’t those just the pretties oranges you’ve ever seen?
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:
For this Mexican chicken marinade, we use orange and lime juices, a chili pepper, olive oil, salsa and salt and marinate the chicken overnight, so the acid from the citrus juices tenderizes the chicken and the sugar helps create those oh-so-pretty caramelized grill marks.
If you want less grill marks, then slice the chicken breasts thin, so that they cook faster.
You can cook this Mexican marinated chicken on a grill, or using a grill pan like this one on your stove top.
This Mexican orange chicken is totally killer (yes, I just said “killer”) with some Mexican rice and a classic Mexican Three Bean & Three Pepper Salad.
For those of you that follow 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.
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Here’s the Recipe!
Grilled Citrus-Marinated Mexican Chicken Recipe
- 1 c. fresh orange juice
- 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
- 1 dried chipotle chili pepper - stemmed and seeded
- 1 c. mild salsa
- 1/4 c. olive oil
- 1 tsp. salt
- 4 boneless - skinless chicken breast halves
- 1 orange - sliced into rings
- 1/4 c. chopped fresh cilantro leaves
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Once cooked through, remove the chicken from the grill and place on a platter. Garnish with the orange slices and cilantro.