citrus-marinated chicken
You don't have to cook this chicken under the broiler, feel free to grill it up or sear it in your cast iron pan and then bake it off in the oven.
Serves: serves 4
  • 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
  • ½ bunch cilantro, leaves and tender stems only
  • 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
  • ¼ cup (2 to 3 limes) fresh lime juice
  • ¼ cup (1 juicy orange) fresh orange juice
  • ¼ cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon coarse kosher salt
  1. Let's prep all of the ingredients. Thinly slice up the scallions. Note: the recipe called for reserving an extra ¼ cup of chopped scallions for topping the chicken at the end, but honestly we never used the reserved scallions, so I'm not adding that to this recipe.
  2. Zest and juice up your limes and orange, wash and chop off the thick ends of the cilantro.
  3. Peel and roughly chop up the garlic.
  4. 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, ¼ cup soy sauce, 2 tablespoons olive oil and 1 tablespoon kosher salt.
  5. Blend or pulse the ingredients until a coarse puree forms.
  6. Set aside ¼ 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Place the chicken under the broiler and broil until lightly browned on the bottom, about 5 minutes.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Top the chicken with some of the reserved marinade. The chicken tastes great either way. Eli opted out of the marinade, but John, Zoe and I tried it and loved it. I hope that you all love this chicken dish as much as we all did.
Recipe by Marin Mama Cooks at