Citrus Chicken Marinade


  • 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


  • In a blender or food processor, combine all ingredients, except chicken, and pulse until a uniform puree forms.
  • Pour marinade into a large plastic bag. 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.