Ok, I have to say that this is one of my favorite chicken recipes ever, and Zoe and Eli both agree with me. We tried this the other night, gave each other the thumbs up, and said that this chicken was totally blog worthy and need to be posted sooner than later. The chicken is SO moist and full of flavor from the citrus marinade, and the skin gets all crispy and yummy from cooking under the broiler. This is seriously going to be one of my new go-to recipes for chicken, and the best part is that it can be made year round because it’s cooked under the broiler. Yippee! You could also grill it up, or even sear it in your cast iron skillet and then bake it off in the oven. Hey, it’s a flexible chicken recipe! I can see paring this chicken with some 5-minute roasted cauliflower or 5-minute roasted Brussels sprouts in the fall and kale mashed potatoes in the winter. This chicken is total comfort cooking anytime of year.
This marinade is super simple to throw together and it’s a perfect weeknight recipe, as the marinade only has to sit on the chicken for a minimum of 20 minutes. You can use either chicken thighs, drumsticks and breasts, or all three if you want. We used 3 thighs and one chicken breast that the butcher cut in half, so that it would absorb the marinade better. We paired this with the below green bean, mint, dill and feta salad and some french bread one night and some Israeli couscous salad and corn on the cob another night. I mean it’s chicken, so go ahead and pair it with any of your favorite sides.
recipe fromBon Appetit (1-year auto-renewal) Bon Appetit
- 2 pounds skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs, breasts or legs – We used 3 thighs and 1 breast that was cut in half so it could absorb the marinade better
- 3 tablespoons scallions, thinly sliced
- 1/2 bunch cilantro, leaves and tender stems only
- 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
- 1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
- 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
- 1/4 cup (2 to 3 limes) fresh lime juice
- 1/4 cup (1 juicy orange) fresh orange juice
- 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon coarse kosher salt
Let’s prep all of the ingredients. Thinly slice up the scallions.
Zest and juice up your limes and orange, wash and chop off the thick ends of the cilantro.
Peel and roughly chop up the garlic.
Get out a blender, mini prep or food processor and add in the 3 tablespoons chopped scallions, cilantro, garlic, lime zest, orange zest, lime juice, orange juice, 1/4 cup soy sauce, 2 tablespoons olive oil and 1 tablespoon kosher salt. It’s pretty all together isn’t it?
Blend or pulse the ingredients until a coarse puree forms.
Set aside 1/4 cup of the marinade to use for topping the cooked chicken. Make sure you do this, because the marinade is wonderful on the cooked chicken.
Put the chicken into a gallon sized ziploc bag. Add in the remaining marinade, and zip up the bag. Make sure to shake or turn the bag a bit so that all of the marinade gets on and seeps into all of the chicken.
Put the chicken into the refrigerator to marinate for at least 20 minutes or up to 2 hours. Don’t marinate the chicken for longer than 2 hours as the citrus might cook the chicken a bit and make it gummy. If you’re pressed for time, you can make the marinade ahead in the morning and then just add it to your chicken when you get home at night. Make sure to let it marinade with the chicken for at least 20 minutes though.
Pre-heat your broiler and set your oven rack 5 to 6-inches below your broiler. You want the actual chicken to be 5 to 6 inches below the broiler, so when you’re setting up the rack, make note of the chicken on that will be on there.
Get out a broiling pan or a broiler-proof baking sheet and line the bottom with foil. Remove the chicken from the marinade and place it skin side down on the pan, discard the marinade.
Place the chicken under the broiler and broil until lightly browned on the bottom, about 5 minutes.
Using tongs, turn the chicken over to the skin side, and continue to broil until cooked through and an instant read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thighs and breast registers 165 degrees, about 12-15 minutes. Keep an eye on your chicken, you may need to turn it a few more times so that it doesn’t burn.
Note: I’ve made this recipe twice and my chicken breasts and thighs were different sizes both times. Sometimes I had to cook the meat longer and turn it more than once, so that it didn’t burn too much on one side. Keep an eye on your chicken and know that you may have to turn it more than once and it may take longer than the suggested time above. Also, a chicken breast is going to take longer to cook than the thighs and drumsticks, so you will want to take off the thighs and drumsticks when they’re done and set them aside while you finish off the breasts.
Top the chicken with some of the reserved marinade.
I hope that you all love this chicken dish as much as we all did.
Hey, if you make it, let me know what you think! I would love to see if this become one of your favorite chicken dishes as well.
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43 thoughts on “Citrus-Marinated Chicken”
Yum! We’ll definitely try out this recipe. Enjoy the time with the family!
Thanks Dani! You will love this chicken recipe, so easy and so delish! xoxo, Jackie
Lately I crave chicken so badly and then you post recipes like this so my craving increases so much! Looks amazing!
Thanks Pamela! Lately I’m craving all those veggies your garden is producing. I’m amazed! 🙂
Warms my heart to see my photos. Thanks Jackie! I did grill up drumsticks, thighs and breasts with the marinade so it is a very versatile recipe and one that everyone should give a try. Have a great vacation! I’m sipping a margarita right now on ours. Cheers!
Hi Melinda! Thanks so much for the photos girl! I love them! I’m recovering from too much saki and we’re about to go on a 23 mile bike ride today. Ahhhhh…. Have a great week girl and thanks again for being my foodie twin 🙂 xoxo, Jackie
How could it be better than your buttermilk chicken? I prefer baking chicken thighs than breast usually because the flavor is so much better!
Hi Reba. I love both the buttermilk and this recipe, but there’s something about this marinade that spoke to me! Thighs are totally packed with more flavor, but Zoe and tend to be more white meat girls. 🙂 xoxo, Jackie
one word- okay two words- picture perfect! the chicken looks perfect. perfectly crisp perfectly juicy and perfectly delicious!
Yay!! I love chicken recipes and this looks delish! We had the pesto yogurt chicken for dinner last night and it was awesome. So tender and flavorful! I’m having leftovers for my lunch today. 🙂 Have a fun and relaxing blogging break and I look forward to chatting when you’re back! xoxo, Sharon
Ha! I’ve been checking back, wondering if everything is all right, and only now did I noticed the note at the bottom, saying you were taking a blogging break. Silly me 🙂 Hope your time off was especially sweet and nourishing!
Hi Christy! Yes, I took a bit of a blogging vacation and I have to tell you that it was tough coming back, but I’m back now! Thanks for checking in 🙂 xoxo, Jackie
I made this tonight for 13 people and it was a hit among grown ups and kids alike. Tender, flavorful, and easy to cook, even with a house full of out of towners. This recipe will be a go-to from now on out! Thank you!
Hi Megan! I’m so happy to hear that the chicken was a hit with the crowd. Whenever I have people over for dinner, especially kids, I tend to make up a chicken dish because most people love chicken. It’s easy to prepare and tastes great! I’m glad this recipe is making it to your go-to rotation. 🙂 xoxo, Jackie
Made this tonight for the second time. I think this may be the all-time family favorite chicken dish! My son (who isn’t a big meat eater) declared that this chicken was why he wasn’t going to become a vegetarian!
Hey Allison! Thanks so much for stopping by and letting me know that you made this chicken and also that it was such a HUGE hit with your family, especially your son. I seriously love his comment and it made my night 🙂 So cute and funny 🙂
I had another friend just tell me tonight that this is their favorite chicken dish as well. It’s fall and chicken cooking weather I guess. I hope to see you around campus girl 🙂 xoxo, Jackie
Jackie, this has quickly become my “go-to” site for recipes. I made this last night and it was delicious! Actually, everything I have made from your blog is just amazing!
Hi Christine! Ok, your comment totally made my day! Seriously, thanks so much! I love that you love all the recipes that you have tried. I try so many recipes for this blog, but I only post the ones that my family and I love. I assume if people tend to have similar taste buds to me, then they will like most things on this blog, and it seems like we have the same likes 🙂 Have a blissful Saturday girl! xoxo, Jackie
It definitely seems like we have similar taste buds : ) I hope you have a great weekend as well!
Hi, I just came across your site as I was looking for kale recipes. I will make your kale salad soon, but was really loving the sound of this chicken dish! And it was just perfect! What a gorgeous dish that I will be cooking over & over again! I’m in Sydney Australia…& will be letting my friends know about your wonderful site!
Hi Melissa! I’m so happy you tried and loved this recipe. It really is fantastic and so full of flavor. My family loves it. Thanks so much for saying hi and for passing on my blog to your friends. I truly appreciate it! 🙂 I can’t wait to hear what you think of the lacinato kale salad! I hope you love it! xoxo, Jackie
I will admit that I am so skeptical of many food blog recipes because I have been burned a few times. Not with this recipe though! It is a new family favorite. I am not a big meat eater and usually skip that portion of the meal. Not with this chicken. So delicious. Thanks!
Hi Tiffany! Yaay! I’m so happy to hear that this recipe turned out successfully for you and that it’s now a family favorite. My family approves everything on this blog, and most of my friends as well, so I hope you find some other recipes to enjoy and try. I only post recipes that have been successful in my house and I cook a lot, and if a recipe doesn’t “wow” my family, then it doesn’t go on the blog. Anyway, please let me know if you try anything else or need any recommendations on what to try next! 🙂 xoxo, Jackie
This looks so good and I would love to try this week using the suggestion of a cast iron skillet followed by baking in the oven, as my broiler’s not great. Are you able to help me out with an oven temp/time suggestion, pretty please? If not, that’s okay.
Hi Julie! Sure, try the cast iron skillet to get the skin side all crispy. I would pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees and try cooking the chicken for 20-25 minutes? The cooking time really depends on if you’re using thighs or breasts. Chicken breasts tend to cook longer than the thighs. I would use a meat thermometer and check the chicken after 25 minutes. You want it to be at an internal temp of 165 degrees.
Let me know how the chicken comes out. xoxo, Jacquelyn
Thank you, Jacquelyn! Your quick answer is appreciated! As is the recipe/post. I will let you know, although your recipes are all keepers unless I scew it up despite your clear instructions. ;+)
Omg yum!! This is the best chicken recipe I have found on the net.. thank you for sharing it.. people are really going to think I know how to cook because of you lol
Awesome Kameelah! I’m so happy that you love this chicken recipe. It’s one of our faves as well! You do know how to cook, you have to trust that girl 🙂 Have a great night! xoxo, Jacquelyn
So true thank you for the positive energy
I just stumbled upon your site today and I have to say, the moment I saw this recipe I was all for trying it out!
I live with my grandmother, who’s recently had knee replacement surgery, and I’ve been doing all of the cooking around the house (among other things, haha). She normally isn’t willing to try new things, but I think with this recipe she just might change her mind 🙂
Thanks for making my day!
Hi Beth! Well, you made my day with your super sweet comment, thanks so much for stopping by and saying hi! I’m so glad you loved this recipe, I hope your grandmother did as well. 🙂 xoxo, Jacquelyn
We made this last night, and it was fabulously delicious and moist. Thank you for the recipe.
Awesome! I’m so happy to hear that you loved the chicken! I think I’m going to copy you and make it up this week!
I just stumbled on your site last week when I had a desire for chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting, and thought scratch might be worth the effort vs. the boxed variety. I haven’t had a chance to do any baking yet, but was drawn in by your photos and the reviews on many of your recipes. I tried this last night, although things were slightly modified as I had only one lime, and orange juice but no oranges. I subbed a lemon in for the missing lime and the results were still excellent. My 12-year old was reluctant (as he often is) but got his hands on the chicken later, and devoured all of the drumsticks. I look forward to trying this again with the correct proportions of ingredients. I like your site very much. I also got the ingredients to do the pasta bake with pancetta tonight, although my pancetta is the cubed variety that you find at Trader Joe’s. I look forward to trying more of the great recipes on your site. Thank you!
Hey Cooking Dad! Cute name by the way! I’m so happy that you stumbled on my site and tried and loved the citrus-marinated chicken! It’s helpful to know that it still tasted great with the substitutions you made. I do find that baking from scratch is just as easy, and tastes so much better than using the pre-boxed mixes. You may have to buy a few more ingredients when you bake from scratch, but you will use them again and again! I do hope you give that cake a try as it’s a favorite not only in my house but a favorite in many of my friend’s houses. I hope the pasta bake was a hit! Try the cheesy baked tortellin next! My kids LOVE it and I seriously make it at least 3x a month! Have a great day! xoxo, Jacquelyn
I’ll let you know about the Pasta Bake, as it was postponed last night. I am making one of my new additions tonight, something I called “Greek Chicken Tacos” by request. My 12-year old said “you haven’t made those in a while” and it’s only been a month or so, so he must like them. If you’re interested, let me know. I thought them up, but then looked online and saw several recipes that are similar enough to what I had in mind. Mine are tasty, but pretty messy.
Hi there! Greek tacos? That sounds very interesting! I may have to google it and check them out! Love that you’re cooking unique and tasty meals for your 12 year old. My dad loved to cook and therefore his love of cooking inspired me to cook! My kids love to cook now, and it’s a pretty cool thing! Have a wonderful weekend!
Outstanding is right, I did double the sauce and used 1tbl cornstarch/water to thicken it. Also used thigh meat for my guys who prefer it to white meat. Wonderful cooking aroma, you can barely wait to eat!
Awesome! I hope you and your family loves this chicken dish! Please let me know how it all turns out! xoxo, Jacquelyn
Hi,i easyly get tired of makimg the same thing for dinner.So when i came across this recipe i had to try it.Made it tonight its deliciouS!!LOVE the citrucy taste ,and that it didnt end up dry at all. my family loved it.I was kind of hesitating on using the broiler but i did .What i got was beautyful grill chicken it was perfect.thank you so much for this delicious recipe
Hi there! Yippee! I’m so happy you discovered my blog and found a recipe right away that was family approved! That’s always a great thing! I had never used a broiler either until this recipe, and I was happy with the results as well, super easy and quick! I hope you find some other recipes to try that your family loves just as much! Have a wonderful weekend! xoxo, Jacquelyn
Also works well for me without the scallions and cilantro. I don’t trust myself with a grill (except for beef), so I cooked sous vide and it was very tender and tasty. My teenager, who tells me he doesn’t like orange chicken, has changed his mind.
Thank you Jackie!
Hi Richard! You’re so welcome and I’m elated to hear that the chicken was a hit with your picky teenager! Yippee! Thanks for making it and for letting me know how it turned out! Always great to hear from readers! xoxo, Jacquelyn