Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Grilled Orange Chicken

When it comes to cooking, I am all for a simple recipe. I think you all know that by now. Most every recipe I have shared on here has been easy peasy. That's how I roll.

This recipe is no exception. In fact, it is probably be the simplest one I have ever posted. All you do is throw some simple ingredients in a bag and let it marinate for a couple hours. Talk about a walk in the park! This is a very simple, but yummy way to give your chicken a little "umph"! And let me just say, my chicken meals have been a bit on the boring side lately. So it desperately needed some "umph".

Ok. Lets start by putting some chicken breasts into a zip lock bag.

I only used three for this meal, but next time I will use more. Daniel could have eaten another one, and leftovers are always welcome in my fridge!

Once you have your chicken in a zip lock bag, gather up the following ingredients...

1/4 cup of orange juice

1/4 cup of some extra virgin olive oil

3 teaspoons of lemon juice

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon dried thyme

(if you are not a big fan of thyme just use half a teaspoon. A whole teaspoon was too much for me. I will definitely tone it down next time.)

1 teaspoon of salt,

1 teaspoon of black pepper.

and 3 garlic cloves, minced.

(Pretend that I have a picture of both of those)

Throw all of the ingredients into the zip lock bag with the chicken. Zip the bag up (please don't forget this step) and massage the chicken for about a minute.

Then put the bag-o-chicken in the fridge for at least an hour. Personally, I would recommend letting it marinate for closer to two hours, but if you are in a pinch an hour would do.

Right before you take the chicken out of the oven, take out your George Foreman grill that your fabulous parents gave you for Christmas. (Thanks mom and dad!) If you don't have an indoor grill, or if you prefer to use a regular grill, you still cook it for the same amount of time. Nothing really changes.

And if you want, you can put a light coat of olive oil on the grill right before you heat it up. It does wonders for the sticking.

When the grill is ready, plop the chicken on and cook it for about 4-8 minutes. Or until the juices run clear. I cooked the chicken for the full eight minutes and that turned out to be perfect. (On a regular grill you will want to make sure to flip the chicken about halfway through.)

Now plop the chicken on a plate and serve. It would be great with some mashed potatoes and broccoli casserole. Whatever you serve it with, make sure you savor the citrus-y goodness!


3 chopped orange segments
1/4 cup orange juice (no pulp)
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 tsp lime juice
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts


Place all ingredients into a Zip-Lock bag. Massage the bag for a minute or so. Put bag in the refrigerator for about an hour.

When desired time has passed, take out the bag and remove the chicken breasts. Grill chicken for around 4 to 8 minutes, or until juices run clear.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Looks yummy! Glad you used your George! He cooks a lot at my house!