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Spiced Citrus Marinated Chicken

COOK TIME
30 mins
PREP TIME
20 mins
SERVINGS
4-6
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Johnny Zone's Spiced Citrus-Marinated Chicken
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COOK TIME
30 mins
PREP TIME
20 mins
SERVINGS
4-6
RATE THIS RECIPE
(34)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, leaves and tender stems only, chopped
  • 1 white onion, sliced into 1/2-inch wide strips
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon celery powder
  • 2-4 cups fresh orange juice, depending on size of chicken (enough to cover)
  • 1 3- to 3¼-pound chicken, cut into 8 pieces
  • To serve
  • Grilled tortillas
  • Grilled tomatoes
  • Jalapeño peppers
  • Avocado
  • Pico de gallo
  • Lime wedges
  • Sliced radish
  • Chef notes

    There is a meat market in LA called Villalobos that sells this chicken prepared in a similar recipe. I love to pick it up on my days off and just make a pico de gallo, heat up tortillas and grill away, beer in hand.

    Technique tip: Brine the chicken before marinating to make it extra moist and juicy.

    Swap option: It's fun to serve this recipe with different sides whether its grilled corn, salsa, tomato salad or beans and rice.

    Preparation

    1.

    Remove chicken from brine. Combine all ingredients, except for the chicken, in a bowl and whisk. Set aside 1/4 cup marinade; place remaining marinade in a large resealable plastic bag. Add chicken, seal bag, and turn to coat. Chill at least 1-2 hours (or up to 12 hours).

    2.

    Preheat grill to medium- high heat. Brush grill grate with oil.

    3.

    Remove chicken from marinade and place, skin side down, on the grill over a moderately hot section of the grill. Discard marinade. Grill chicken until lightly browned, and cooked through about 8-14 minutes. Turn; continue to broil until cooked through and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of thigh registers 165°F, 12-15 minutes longer.

    4.

    Serve chicken with reserved marinade brushed over, grilled tortillas, grilled tomatoes, jalapeño peppers, avocado, pico de gallo, limes and radish.