Grilled Citrus-Marinated Mexican Chicken

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!

Grilled Citrus Marinated Mexican Chicken! 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!

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.

This Mexican marinade for 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!

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

Mexican citrus marinade for chicken is delicious in this grilled Mexican chicken recipe!

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:

Grilled Citrus Marinated Mexican Chicken is delicious with this Mexican chicken marinade recipe.

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 orange juice chicken marinate Mexican recipe uses orange and lime juices, a chili pepper, olive oil, salsa and salt to create grilled chicken that is incredibly succulent and flavorful!

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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Looking for Mexican grilled chicken recipes? This is the one! 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!

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Mexican Grilled Chicken served with rice.

Mexican Grilled Chicken Recipe

Let every bite of our Mexican Grilled Chicken take you on a flavor fiesta, with juicy citrus, fiery chili, and a salsa twist that promises a memorable meal.
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Diet: Gluten Free, Dairy Free
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 335kcal
Author: Linda
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Ingredients

  • 1 c. fresh orange juice
  • 2 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 dried chipotle chili pepper - stemmed and seeded
  • 1 c. mild salsa
  • 1/4 c. olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 boneless - skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1 orange - sliced into rings
  • 1/4 c. chopped fresh cilantro leaves
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Instructions

  • 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, for 5 minutes or until the chili pepper is rehydrated. Turn off the heat and let it cool.
  • Once cooled, 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 for at least 2 hours, or up to 10 hours.
  • Preheat your grill to about 400 degrees Fahrenheit (204 degrees Celsius) (high heat). Once hot, place the chicken breasts on the grill rack and cook for 12-20 minutes (depending on the thickness of the breast), turning every few minutes to prevent burning.
  • Once cooked through, remove the chicken from the grill and place it on a platter. Garnish with the orange slices and cilantro.

NOTES

Store leftover Grilled Citrus-Marinated Mexican Chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator; it will stay good for up to 3 days. To freeze, store in your freezer for up to 2 months.
For reheating, thaw in the refrigerator if frozen, then gently reheat in a skillet over medium heat or in the microwave, covered, on medium power, until heated through.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 335kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 1079mg | Potassium: 693mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1505IU | Vitamin C: 54mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 2mg

 

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  1. Love how fresh and simple this recipe is and all the flavors in it! Can’t wait to try this, thankful we live in Texas so I can grill year round!! Pinned girl, and love your blog!

  2. 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!!

    1. 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ Enjoy the chicken!