Citrus Grilled Chicken Recipe

Today, I have a citrus grilled chicken recipe for you!

I chose this recipe because of its easy-to-find ingredients as well as the fact that the weather is getting quite nice here, and it’s definitely time to pull out the grill! But don’t worry, if you don’t have a grill, you can do this in a pan as well. Give it a try!

Clean Eating Citrus Grilled Chicken breast served on white plate with a slice of orange twisted and placed on top for garnish.

How To Serve This Grilled Citrus Chicken

  • A side of rice.
  • A side of veggies.
  • Inside a sandwich with whole grain bread.
  • Shred and put inside of tacos or burritos.

This is wonderful off the barbecue with some potato salad and some corn salad (without the feta). That’s how I served it, and everyone loved it! In fact, almost everybody went back for seconds. Not too shabby for a group of folks that sort of looked down their nose at eating clean!

About The Ingredients

Orange

Lime

Extra virgin olive oil – Or possibly a higher smoke point oil such as almond oil or coconut oil.

Garlic – Pressed or minced.

Boneless skinless chicken breasts

Salt

Black pepper

How To Make Citrus Grilled Chicken

Zest the orange and lime directly into a large bowl, and squeeze the juice from the orange into the same bowl.

Add the oil, garlic, and chicken to the bowl, ensuring that everything is well coated. Toss well to fully coat the chicken in the sauce.

Cover the bowl and place it in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes but no more than 2 hours.

Meanwhile, prepare your grill or grill pan by heating it to medium-high heat.

Once the chicken has marinated, remove it from the bowl and sprinkle it with salt and pepper.

Place the chicken on the grill or grill pan, and cook for approximately 6 minutes on each side or until the chicken is fully cooked. If you prefer a hint of lime flavor on your chicken, you can squeeze the remaining lime juice over the chicken while it’s cooking. This step is optional but adds a delicious twist!

It’s worth noting that if your bowl isn’t wide enough to allow the chicken to marinate evenly, you can use a large Ziplock bag instead. Simply transfer everything from the bowl into the bag and let it sit in the bag. This ensures that the marinade reaches every part of the chicken.

Storage

Store leftovers in an airtight container and keep them in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Freezing

This will freeze well if wrapped up well. It will keep in the fridge for up to 4 months.

Reheating

If frozen, thaw fully in the fridge for at least 24 hours. From the fridge, simply reheat in a microwave or in a skillet on your stovetop.

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(Recipe courtesy of eMeals)

Clean Eating Citrus Grilled Chicken

Citrus Grilled Chicken

A deliciously fresh new way to enjoy chicken for dinner!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 57 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 137kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 medium orange
  • 1 medium lime
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp. garlic (minced)
  • 2 (6 oz.) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • ¼ tsp. kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper

Instructions

  • Zest the orange and lime directly into a large bowl, and squeeze the juice from the orange into the same bowl.
  • Add the oil, garlic, and chicken to the bowl, ensuring that everything is well coated. Toss well to fully coat the chicken in the sauce.
  • Cover the bowl and place it in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes but no more than 2 hours.
  • Meanwhile, prepare your grill or grill pan by heating it to medium-high heat.
  • Once the chicken has marinated, remove it from the bowl and sprinkle it with salt and pepper.
  • Place the chicken on the grill or grill pan, and cook for approximately 6 minutes on each side or until the chicken is fully cooked. If you prefer a hint of lime flavor on your chicken, you can squeeze the remaining lime juice over the chicken while it's cooking. This step is optional but adds a delicious twist!
  • It's worth noting that if your bowl isn't wide enough to allow the chicken to marinate evenly, you can use a large Ziplock bag instead. Simply transfer everything from the bowl into the bag and let it sit in the bag. This ensures that the marinade reaches every part of the chicken.

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5the recipe | Calories: 137kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 240mg | Vitamin C: 0.7mg

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30 Comments

  1. Made this last night. It was really good but sour due to the lime. Next time I don’t think I would squeeze the lime juice over the chicken while its cooking; at least not as much as I did. Other than that, a really great recipe that I will definitely make again!

  2. Made this tonight! Loved it, I had a lemon on had but no lime. We loved it

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Daphne – Fantastic! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. This was excellent! I made it with Cilantro lime rice and it was just amazing! Thanks again Tiffany!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Gms2606 – Fantastic! So glad you enjoyed it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Made this last night and they turned out so delicious!! Super moist!! I actually used the marinade to make a sauce after the chicken breast where done. My hubby loved it!! Thanks!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Tayra – Awesome! So glad you both enjoyed it!

  5. Made this recipe for dinner tonight and it was soooo good!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jeanine – Glad you enjoyed it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Made this tonight, very good. We are just start on the journey of clean eating and every recipe I have made from your site has been great. Thank you for sharing!

  7. I made these and they were great. But thanks to the weather I can’t grill a whole bag outside yet. If I wanted to bake them in the oven, how long would you grill say six breasts at once? Thanks for your help.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Casey – I did mine on the stove top grill. If you do it in the oven, it would be just like any other chicken breast. I would guess about 40 minutes at 350 F. But that’s just a guess.

  8. Cheers from Singapore! I stumbled across your blog recently, thanks to my new-found love for clean eating. Made this citrus chicken last night and loved it ๐Ÿ™‚ We Asians love spicy food, so it was a little out of my comfort zone, but tasty nonetheless. I’d like to try baking the french toast casserole this weekend, looking forward to it! Thanks for this fantastic blog and your delish recipes!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Filzah – My pleasure! Glad you enjoyed it. And if you make it again, feel free to add some cayenne or other spice to it. It should be quite tasty!

  9. Anquanette says:

    I tried this recipe today and it was perfect! I used skinless chicken breast tenderloins instead and used lemon instead of lime. I actually squeezed the lemon in the marinade and the flavors were well balanced! Clean eating doesn’t mean tasteless food and this recipe clearly showcased that. With the use of your website, there may be hope for me after all lol thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Anquanette – On the contrary! Eating clean means eating delicious foods! Happy I could help. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Making this tonight. Will let you know who it turned out. I can’t wait!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Angel – Please do!

  11. Made this for dinner last night and totally LOVED it. Just starting with clean eating and you my dear, are an angel.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Lee B – Awesome! So glad you liked it!

  12. Teresa Dyer says:

    I’m new to clean eating and this was the first recipe I tried. I added some chipotle seasoning to add a little spice! I was concerned my husband wouldn’t be on board with clean eating, but he loved it! Thanks, Tiffany!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Teresa – My pleasure! ๐Ÿ˜€

  13. I started clean eating today! I’m making this recipe tonight for my family. I was just wondering the calorie count in this recipe?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Erin E – I don’t know. I don’t figure data for eMeals recipes. But there are lots of calculators on the web. MyFitnessPal.com is a good one.

  14. Johnine Herroon says:

    Just finished the last bite & it was Delish!
    I’m wondering though, how many calories are in it?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Johnine – Glad you enjoyed it! I don’t figure data for eMeals recipes, so you would have to enter the recipe into a nutrition calculator online. I usually use MyFitnessPal.com, but there are many others.

  15. One thing, is it sour orange you should used( I new to cooking in general and well yes sour oranges are used more in cooking but I just wanna make sure)

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Daniel J – No, I did not use sour oranges. I used a Naval orange.

  16. How many calories are in this recipe?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Anna – Just updated that for you. Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚