Chicken With Orange Juice Marinade


Chicken with orange juice marinade – This chicken breast is deliciously moist and juicy, without the fuss of brining!

A good marinade of chicken with orange juice is delicious, and also makes it easy to grill your chicken just the way you like it! Best served hot, but also great for leftovers.


A naturally sweet and savory marinade, this Easy Orange Juice Chicken Marinade is a simple family-approved recipe perfect for busy school weeknights.

Orange Juice Chicken Marinade

During the week, when it comes to quick and easy dinners I can whip up in a flash on a busy school night, it’s hard to beat pairing a simple marinated chicken recipe with a veggie or a grain. It’s one of those dinner options I always have in the back of my mind when I don’t have time to pour hours into meal prep or meal planning because I know it’s easy to make and serves as a nutritious, satisfying meal for our family. Now that the school year is in full swing in our house (even if it is a little modified over here right now), I am feeling the perks of a routine but also the laundry list of “to dos” that come along with keeping our family moving forward on a schedule with commitments on the calendar again. Having a few go-to recipes on hand that our family loves and will eat well at dinnertime is key for me and the recipe I’m sharing with you guys today is a family-approved favorite in our house — perfect for this busy, back-to-school season of life!

When it comes to marinating chicken, I love the way changing up a simple marinade changes the flavor of chicken in a flash so it keeps things interesting without feeling overwhelming. Changing up a marinade can breathe new life into an otherwise basic chicken dinner and when you find a marinade recipe that works — one that your family simply loves — it feels like you hit the jackpot!

My latest jackpot marinade recipe: Easy Orange Juice Chicken Marinade! It has savory-sweet flavors and is always irresistible.

Here is everything you’ll need to make it:

  • 100% orange juice
  • soy sauce or coconut aminos
  • olive oil
  • onion
  • garlic
  • rosemary
  • oregano
  • garlic salt
Orange Juice Chicken Marinade

A full cup of 100% orange juice serves as the base of this recipe and knowing that incorporating vitamin C-rich Florida Orange Juice into my family’s diet can help support a strong immune system makes this mama happy, especially during these crazy times. It’s also incredibly versatile so incorporating it into recipes is fun and delicious. I love using Florida OJ in everything from homemade salad dressings and simple stir-fries to muffins and baked goods. An 8-ounce glass of 100% OJ is also a good source of a myriad of essential vitamins and minerals such as potassium, folate, and thiamin and it  serves as the perfect way to add a little citrus-y sweetness to this marinade in a healthy way. If pouring our kids a glass of Florida Orange Juice and incorporating OJ into our family’s recipes can help support healthy immune systems in our boys as they head back to preschool, I’m all about it!

Orange Juice Chicken Marinade

My favorite way to use this Easy Orange Juice Chicken Marinade is on grilled boneless, skinless chicken thighs because chicken thighs = more flavor! The marinade joins my favorite Paleo Chicken Thigh Marinade as one of my favorite go-to healthy weeknight recipes I keep in my back pocket when I don’t have the time or energy to really give a lot of thought to dinner and just want something EASY but nutritious to make for our family. I love that I can throw everything I need to make this Easy Orange Juice Chicken Marinade together in the morning while the boys are at preschool and know that I have dinner taken care of by the time 5 p.m. rolls around and chaos in our house reaches an all-time high. (Seriously though, what is it about kids reaching peak levels of craziness in the early evening every day?)

This recipe pairs well with everything from brown rice or quinoa to roasted broccoli, sauteed zucchini and more. It’s also fantastic as leftovers and I love slicing it up and using it in grain bowls for lunch the next day. Pair it with a tangy orange vinaigrette and it takes on a whole new flavor profile!

Orange Juice Chicken Marinade

Please let me know if you give this recipe a try! We absolutely love it in our house and I always love hearing what you guys think!


This grilled orange chicken is juicy and tender after being marinated in a simple yet flavorful marinade. It’s a family favorite that never disappoints and is on repeat during the grilling season!

It’s been raining in MD for the last two weeks but that didn’t stop us from firing up the grill! You guys know my love for the grill. I’m known to grill year-round. I love everything about grilled food: smell, taste, clean up, and easiness of preparing dinner in a cinch!

This Orange Chicken falls into every single one of those categories. I originally posted this recipe a couple of months after I started this blog, and needless to say, the photos at that time did not do any kind of justice.

Grilled Orange Chicken Recipe - family favorite chicken recipe that is a must during the grilling season! | @littlebroken

So, I’ve updated the photos and tweaked the recipe a bit as I don’t want anyone missing out on it!  It’s our go to chicken recipe during the grilling season and it starts with an easy marinade, using ingredients that you probably have in your pantry.

Grilled Orange Chicken Recipe - family favorite chicken recipe that is a must during the grilling season! | @littlebroken

Orange juice (preferably Orangina), soy sauce, olive oil, garlic, paprika, and couple dashes of pepper sauce whisked together until combined. Then add the chicken, cover, and let marinate about 4 hours up to overnight.

The orange juice with the soy, plus fresh minced garlic penetrates into the chicken so well that no other seasoning is even necessary. I never add salt or pepper as I find the chicken to be seasoned just enough but of course, you can totally add salt/pepper, if needed.

This marinade also works great with other cuts of meat, such as drumsticks, breasts, and wings. I hope you guys love it as much as we do!!!

Grilled Orange Chicken Recipe - family favorite chicken recipe that is a must during the grilling season! | @littlebroken

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  •  Prep Time: 5 mins
  •  Cook Time: 15 mins
  •  Total Time: 20 mins
  •  Yield: 4-6 1x
  •  Category: Main
  •  Method: Grill
  •  Cuisine: American


This grilled orange chicken is juicy and tender after being marinated in a simple yet flavorful orange marinade. It’s a family favorite that never disappoints.



  • 2 lbs. boneless, skinless, chicken thighs
  • 1 cup orange juice, pulp free
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. paprika
  • couple dashes of hot pepper sauce


  1. For the marinade: In a medium bowl, whisk orange juice, soy sauce, olive oil, garlic, paprika, and hot pepper sauce. Add chicken and toss to coat. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and marinate at least 4 hours up to overnight in the refrigerator.
  2. To cook the chicken: pre-heat the grill on medium-high heat. Add chicken and grill until cooked through, about 12-15 minutes. Discard the marinade.
  3. Let chicken rest 5-7 minutes before serving.


add additional time for chicken to marinate

Spicy Orange Marinated Chicken

Chicken thighs, pounded thin, marinated in mixture of orange juice, onion, garlic, herbs, and chipotle, then quickly pan fried. Delicious!

Spicy Orange Marinated Chicken

The trick to quickly prepared meals is just a little foresight and planning.

In this case you marinate the chicken pieces overnight, but once you take them out of the marinade, they take less than 20 minutes to cook.

My father adapted this recipe from one on a local sausage maker’s calendar, of all places. We futzed with it a bit, pounded the chicken thighs for more even cooking, used olive oil instead of vegetable spray, and served it with some of my mother’s awesome Spanish rice.

Spicy Orange Marinated Chicken

PREP TIME20 mins

COOK TIME20 mins


TOTAL TIME2 hrs 40 mins

SERVINGS6 servings


  • 2 cups freshly squeezed orange juice from 3 to 4 large navel oranges, or 6 small oranges, peeled and chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 of a (7-ounce) can of chipotle chili peppers in adobo (3 1/2 ounces total)
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves, chopped, or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 1 tablespoon fresh marjoram or oregano leaves, or 1 teaspoon dried of either
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs (4 pounds if buying bone-in)
  • Chopped fresh cilantro or parsley and orange slices, for garnish


  1. Make the marinade:In a blender or food processor, combine the orange juice or chopped oranges, onion, chipotle in adobo, garlic, cilantro, rosemary, thyme, marjoram, and salt.Pulse a few times to make a coarse purée. Transfer to a large bowl.
  2. Trim the fat from the chicken thighs:With scissors, snip off the excess fat from the thighs.
  3. Pound the chicken thighs to even thickness:Put the chicken thighs between two sheets of plastic wrap or wax paper and pound with a meat mallet or rolling pin until an even thickness of about 1/2-inch.
  4. Marinate the chicken:Add the chicken to the bowl of marinade (or transfer both to a zipper freezer bag). Refrigerate 2 hours or overnight.
  5. Cook the chicken:Heat the olive oil in a large cast iron pan or heavy skillet on medium high heat.Remove the chicken pieces from the marinade, blotting off the excess (but not all) with a paper towel.Working in batches, cook the chicken pieces for 5 minutes on each side, or until browned and cooked through.
  6. To serve:Sprinkle the chicken with chopped cilantro or parsley, garnish with orange wedges and serve with Spanish rice.

Recipe adapted from one by the National Chicken Council

Spicy Chicken with Orange Marinade

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