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Sliced Citrus Chicken breast on cutting board
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Citrus Chicken Marinade

This Easy Citrus Chicken Marinade is fresh, zesty, and bursting with the many happy flavors of summertime. Enjoy this delicious and easy Citrus Marinade with chicken breasts, thighs, and drumsticks.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 392kcal


  • 6 chicken breasts - or thighs
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice - approx. 2-3 limes
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest - finely grated
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice - approx. 2-3 lemons
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest - finely grated
  • ½ cup fresh orange juice - approx. 2 large oranges
  • 8 cloves garlic - minced
  • cup vegetable oil
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil


  • First, zest one teaspoon of both the lime and lemon.  Set aside in a small bowl.  In another small bowl, combine the fresh lime, lemon and orange juice.  In a blender or food processor, combine all ingredients (yes everything) and pulse until a uniform puree forms.
  • Pour marinade into a large plastic bag (I always double-up just in case of leaks!).  Add chicken, seal bag, and turn to coat.  Allow chicken to marinate for at least 20 minutes, or overnight (be sure to keep chilled in the refrigerator).
  • Once ready, cook according to appropriate cooking time and method (this will vary between thighs and breast).  In our case, we decided to cook our chicken breasts on the grill.
  • For the grill- prepare the grill for direct cooking over medium-high heat (350-450 degrees).  Remove the chicken from the bag and discard remaining marinade.  Grill over direct medium heat with the lid closed until the meat is no longer pink in the middle, 10-15  minutes, turning once (we have fairly thick chicken breasts, so cooking times may vary).  Remove from the grill and allow 3 to 5 minutes for the chicken to rest and cool.


Calories: 392kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 48g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 144mg | Sodium: 1039mg | Potassium: 915mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 110IU | Vitamin C: 21.7mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg
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