Grilled Citrus Marinated Chicken Thighs

Total Time:
55 min
Prep:
10 min
Inactive:
30 min
Cook:
15 min

Yield:
about 6 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 to 3 pounds chicken thighs, bone-in and skin-on, trimmed of excess fat
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1 orange, zested and juiced
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • Few dashes cayenne pepper
  • 10 sprigs fresh thyme
Directions
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Season the chicken thighs generously with salt and pepper. In a non-reactive baking dish large enough to hold all the chicken to marinate, whisk together the vegetable oil, citrus zests and juices, cayenne pepper and the thyme. Add the chicken thighs and turn to coat. Let marinate for at least 30 minutes or up to a couple hours in the refrigerator.

Preheat the grill. Remove the chicken from marinade and let excess drip back into dish. Place chicken on the hot grill, without overcrowding the pieces. Grill until fully cooked through, turning occasionally, about 15 minutes total, depending on how hot your grill is. Serve immediately.


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Very nice recipe and it worked like a charm. i agree with some of the reviews that it was lacking just a bit in complexity. i also liked the lemon in it, the lime ...not so much, the orange is ok.. i now replace the lime and orange with a second lemon and 2 tangerines, i tried the recipe i added chopped ginger, garlic and coarsely crushed pepper corns. 3rd one i did with 2 tsp of sambal oelek, chopped cilantro and a dash of soy sauce. i use the bone removed thighs, so 5 mins on each side at good heat is more than enough. a great idea turns phenomenal. both additions really added extra sparkle and i ended up the grilling hero of the evening. thanks for the basic bones of this. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were delicious! Now, I did use boneless, skinless thigh fillets, and I marinated them all day, and I used an on the stove top grill pan, and I used canola oil rather than vegetable as I always do for health reasons, all of which worked beautifully. Easy to do (use a microplaner for the citrus peel and most of the work can be done way ahead. I'd add a third or even fourth dash of cayenne next time -- and we don't like our food hot. It just could use another little boost. And if you like garlic, why not add a minced clove or two to the marinade? But it's an excellent citrus marinade just as it is, and whether you eat poultry skin or not or choose canola oil or not or like more cayenne or garlic is all a very personal choice, right? If you marinate all day with skinless, I can assure you, there's lots of wonderful citrus flavor! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this recipe.. I marinate over night and inject the excess liquid right to the bone to get a little extra flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a hit with the family. I think the next time I'll marinate it longer and maybe even add a little more taragon! item not reviewed by moderator and published
iam addicted to this recipe ,i make the best chicken ive ever tasted! add a dash of hot sauce! yum!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
this is one of my favorite things to grill. i usually use chicken thighs because i like dark meat. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I needed something to do with chicken thighs and this was perfect! Cook it close to the fire near the end to get that nice charred flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was super excited for this recipe. It was good but I have to agree with most of the other reviews...it did not have much flavor. I marinated for 4 hours and couldn't taste much of the marinade. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This has a very strong citrus taste and that's fine, it just tastes a little one-dimensional. I even added some grated garlic, but it needs something to counterbalance the citrus. Maybe something creamy... not really sure. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The flavor was so bland i marinated it for 1 hour and it took like 45 minutes to cook..so save your time and don't make it item not reviewed by moderator and published
It worked really well with skinless+boneless thighs. Just "grilled" it on a stove-top grill pan, and it tasted GREAT! Used a salt+garlic blend with it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I think it is a good Idea to put Lemon on the chicken because it adds great Flavor dont you think so also. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very easy, tastes great and fresh. We will make this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It's easy to make (I've just started to teach myself how to cook so have no idea what i'm doing yet, but even i didn't mess this up). It came out delicous! In fact I'm going to make it again it was so good. Thanks for this flavor-filled simple recipe! ^-^ item not reviewed by moderator and published
This marinade was great! I used boneless, skinless thighs and the flavor went through most of the chicken. I did marinate all day instead of the 1 hour. I will definitely be making again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This turned out good. I slit the chichen several times and marinated for 45 minutes and baked it in the oven for 40 minutes in the marinate juice. It was flavorful. The zest really adds to the flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I let it marinate in the fridge for 2 or 3 hours, and the chicken was moist had a very nice citrusy flavor, but it could have used a little something else to make it pop. item not reviewed by moderator and published
simple and great taste item not reviewed by moderator and published
it was great the flaver was busting out of the seems in was very good item not reviewed by moderator and published
There is some prep to this dish, but it can be done well ahead and the result is very much worth the wait. Suggestion - skip the zester and get a course food plane. It's a lot easier. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very flavorful item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipes was very easy and tasted great!! I liked that you use the zest and juice of the fruit, usually a recipe only calls for one or the other. My whole family loved this item not reviewed by moderator and published
great change from your bbq chicken, full of flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've made this twice now with chicken breasts and it is a real hit at our house. I added a little pressed garlic and grilled some fresh pineapple to put on top. Great summer recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
First of all, thighs are rich and citrus fruits are not strong enough to flavor dark meat. Since this recipe recieved such great reviews, I tried it. I marinaded my chickenfor five hours then followed the recipe exactly. My boyfriend thought the marinade "sucked" and so did I. I don't recommend this recipe unless you like bland food. I wasted fruit. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Ingredients and dish was too simple. It is a perfect, fast, easy dish for a backyard barbeque. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used it on shrimp and it was the best!! I added a crushed clove of garlic, finely diced jalapeno and sprinkle of crushed red peppers instead of the hot sauce. Strain and reduce the liquid and baste while grilling... Excellent!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The marinade gave the chicken a fresh citrus flavor. The acid from all of the fruits also acted as a tenderizer. When I tried this dish, I used a grill pan on the stove. This was a bad idea because the skin from the chicken thighs caused too much smoke. Better to try this recipe on an outdoor grill. Overall this is a good dish. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This marinade is fresh and citrusy. I will make this again. I will use this for chicken breasts and boneless chicken thighs. My bone-in chicken thighs required a longer grilling time on my gas grill. The oil in the marinade and the fat from the skin-on thighs caused flare-ups on the grill. I would recommend a couple of hours for the marinade to give full flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was the best marinade I have tried in a long time. It didn't taste too much like orange or lemon. It was jsut a fresh citrus taste. The thyme was key. I highly recommend this marinade with any cut of chicken. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I would change to coconut or olive oil, as canola has its own health issues. Glad to know it worked with skinless thighs, thanks! item not reviewed by moderator and published

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