If you love chicken but get tired of boring meals, this Orange Chicken Marinade is going to become your new favorite grilled option. A simple clean eating recipe using orange juice, olive oil, and a secret blend of spices make this easy and affordable to keep on the menu on a regular basis.
Grilled Orange Chicken Marinade
I know I’ve promised this recipe for a LONG time! I finally had Scott actually tell me the ingredients and amounts he uses. We’ve made this almost every weekend for the last few months. It’s easy to make in advance and tastes great leftover. Using citrus in a marinade not only helps tenderize meat, but it adds bright flavor that works well with so many meals.
How to Grill Chicken in Batches for Future Meals
One of the things I love most about this recipe is how easy it is for me to marinate a few pounds of chicken and grill it up on the weekend to use throughout the week. Batch cooking or prepping in advance is a great way to stay on plan when you are trying to eat clean. I have found that when I have something healthier already on hand, I am less likely to go off track.
Below are tips for cooking this grilled orange chicken in batches.
- Cook in batches on your grill rotating from hot spots for giving grill marks, to the cooler areas for slow and low cooking to keep the meat tender and juicy. (Grill mats are also a great way to prevent sticking if preferred.)
- Once the chicken has finished cooking, separate into portions you will need for immediate use, and then allow the remainder to come to cool.
- Lay the chicken on a lined baking sheet in a single layer. Flash freeze for 2 hours, then remove and place in portions in your chosen freezer storage bags or containers.
- Label and freeze for up to 3 months. When ready to use, simply place in the refrigerator overnight to thaw, and reheat.
Still not sure how to properly grill chicken? Read these tips to make perfectly grilled boneless, skinless chicken breasts
How to Serve Grilled Orange Chicken
As mentioned before, this is one of my favorite recipes to serve in multiple ways. This is the chicken recipe that we use to make our Chick-Fil-A copycat Protein Packed Breakfast Sandwich. It is so versatile. You can add this to salads, in wraps, or even by itself alongside grilled or roasted vegetables.
- Serve alongside your favorite starch and vegetable
- Add to wraps or sandwiches
- Top your salad with this as a lean protein
- Place in breakfast wraps or sandwiches
- Serve on a “snack tray” to kids with baby carrots, celery sticks, and their favorite dip
Ready for more grilling?
This orange chicken marinade recipe for the best-grilled orange chicken is definitely one of our all-time favorites. Grilling is a great way to keep food clean and healthy without sacrificing flavor. Below you will find some more of my favorite chicken recipes that are healthy, grilled, and above all, delicious.
- Zesty Grilled Chicken Tenders
- Grilled Kickin’ Chicken
- Chicken with Tomatillo-Avocado Sauce
- Grilled Chicken with Pesto Cauliflower
This was originally published on August 21, 2017, and updated June 12, 2019.Print
This simple clean eating Orange Chicken Marinade recipe using orange juice, olive oil, and a secret blend of spices make this easy and affordable to keep on the menu on a regular basis.
- Fill a deep container with orange juice, olive oil, and salt. Stir to combine.
- Cut breasts into tenderloins (or buy tenderloins!). Place into the prepared container.
- Sprinkle with Montreal steak seasoning and orange peel.
- Let chicken marinate for at least three hours.
- On an indoor grill, cook on high heat for about 10 minutes in the closed position or about 5-7 minutes per side. On a large outdoor grill, cook on medium-high for about 7 minutes per side or until chicken is 165 degrees Fahrenheit and no longer pink on the inside.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Category: Main Dish
- Method: Grilled
- Cuisine: American