Another great marinade! Citrus Chicken!

Another great marinade!  Once again, the two basics of a marinade:

base flavor

This marinade’s base flavor and acid are both citrus derived.  Orange juice provides enough acid, natural flavor and sweetness to cover many of the bases.  Add a few accentuating elements, and there you go!

I must say, this goes best with chicken (thighs are of course my first pick).  And, of course, this is a grilling recipe.  Nothing is more appropriate.  Sink your chicken into this marinade over night, get a hot wood grill going, liberally season the meat with salt and pepper, and have fun with it.  Incredible.

Citrus marinade for chicken

Prep time: 5 minutes
Yield: a few cups of marinade


2 red onion, thin sliced
5 cloves garlic, smashed flat
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
1/8 cup brandy
1/2 bunch fresh thyme
zest of 2 lemons
3 sprigs cilantro
1 tbsp whole peppercorns
3 star anise
1 tsp whole cloves

Method:  Mix everything together thoroughly in a mixing bowl.  Add chicken and work marinade into chicken.  Cover tightly and seal.  Let sit overnight before grilling.

Grill this chicken over high heat along with a few grilled slices of orange to final seasoning and garnish (grilling the citrus will bring out sweetness and flavor).  Serve with your choice of great grilling sides.


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