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Summer is finally here and that means it's time to fire up the grill! This recipe for Cilantro and Orange Marinated Chicken is the perfect recipe to kick off the season. It is so delicious and you won't believe how easy it is to pull together. With just a few fresh ingredients, some spices, and Mazola® Corn Oil you will have dinner ready in no time! A clinical study showed Mazola® Corn Oil reduces cholesterol 2x more than extra virgin olive oil. To learn more about this claim, visit MAZOLA.com.
Grilled chicken is a summer staple around my house. Not only is it delicious, but the leftovers are also so versatile and can be repurposed throughout the week to make healthy lunches and dinners like salads, sandwiches, tacos, and stirfry.
I almost always stick with chicken breast for grilling, but this marinade is very versatile and can also be used on fish, shrimp, chicken thighs, or even pork with great results.
What you'll need:
- Fresh or bottled orange juice. If you are using fresh, then you will need about 4 medium to large oranges.
- Soy Sauce or your favorite soy sauce substitute (such as coconut aminos)
- Garlic powder or fresh minced garlic
- Chili flakes
- Fresh chopped cilantro
- Mazola® Corn Oil
- Chicken Breast
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Tips for making the best marinated and grilled chicken:
Mazola® Corn Oil creates marinades that make great-tasting food because it has a neutral taste that lets the flavor of your dish stand out. It is also perfect for cooking on the grill because it has a very high smoke point which prevents it from burning while on the hot grill.
Chicken breast can become very dry and tough when it is overcooked. For this reason, I always recommend using a meat thermometer and pulling the chicken off the grill as soon as the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit and then allowing it to rest for about 5 minutes before slicing.
How long can you marinate chicken with citrus?
I recommend marinating in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour but no more than 10 hours. Marinating the chicken in acidic orange juice can alter the texture of the chicken.
The longer you allow the chicken to marinate, the more flavor it will absorb. If you want to prepare and marinate the chicken in advance, you can freeze it in the marinade then allow it to thaw in the refrigerator.
How to store leftover grilled chicken
As I mentioned earlier in the post, this marinated chicken is a great meal prep staple. I always make extra so for quick meals throughout the week. Leftover grilled chicken can be stored in a sealed container for about 5 days. You can also freeze leftover chicken whole, sliced, or diced.
To reheat the chicken I like to pop it in a hot skillet with a lid for a few minutes on each side. You can also bake it at 325 degrees for 10-15 minutes. I try to avoid reheating chicken breast in the microwave as it can cause the chicken to get dry and a bit rubbery.
Cilantro and Orange Marinated Chicken
- Meat Thermometer
- 1 ½ cups Orange Juice
- ½ cup Soy Sauce or coconut aminos
- ½ cup Mazola® Corn Oil
- 5 Cloves of Garlic minced
- ½ cup Fresh Cilantro chopped
- 1 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes more or less to taste
- 6 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts 2-3 pounds
- Place all of the ingredients into a large container that has a tight-fitting lid, or a large zip top bag.
- Make sure that the chicken is fully coated and covered with the liquid and allow it to marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, or up to 8 hours.
- Preheat your grill to medium heat (about 425°) for 10-15 minutes. Remove the chicken from the marinade and place it on the hot grill over direct, medium heat. Discard the remaining marinade.
- Grill the chicken for 5 minutes, then flip and cook an additional 5 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165° F.
- Allow the chicken to rest for 5-10 minutes before serving. If desired serve topped with additional cilantro and a drizzle of orange juice.
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The nutrition information listed here is only an estimate and is simply provided as a courtesy. It nor any other information within this post should constitute medical or nutritional advice. Be sure to read all packaging and ingredient labels for potential allergens. Optional ingredients are not included unless otherwise specified.
DISCLAIMER: Corn Oil is a cholesterol-free food that contains 14g of total fat per serving. See nutrition information on the product label or at mazola.com for fat and saturated fat content.
*Very limited and preliminary scientific evidence suggests that eating about 1 tablespoon (16 grams) of Corn Oil daily may reduce the risk of heart disease due to the unsaturated fat content in Corn Oil. FDA concludes that there is little scientific evidence supporting this claim. To achieve this possible benefit, Corn Oil is to replace a similar amount of saturated fat and not increase the total number of calories you eat in a day. One serving of this product contains 14 grams of Corn Oil.