Sliced citrus grilled chicken
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Citrus Grilled Chicken [Whole30, Paleo]

Easy and goes with everything.  (Isn’t that what Rachel said about her cheerleading uniform?)

Sliced citrus grilled chicken

This citrus grilled chicken goes with everything–salads, soups, sandwiches, tacos, enchiladas, plain, ETC.  I think it is important to have an easy chicken recipe that you can eat plain or with just about any flavor, and I think this recipe is perfect for that. The flavors in the marinade are not super strong, but are enough to let you eat your chicken plain with some flavor.  My mom actually taught me how to marinade chicken this way (Miss you!) and while I have not mastered her chicken stir fry recipe, I have mastered this chicken.

This citrus grilled chicken recipe is really simple.  All you do is combine all the ingredients in a dish or plastic baggie (I try not to use the baggie because, you know, #theenvironment, but you do you).  You let the chicken marinate for at least  two hours (flipping/shaking/stirring halfway through to make sure all the chicken is covered with the marinade), and then grill and enjoy with just about anything! 


  • 1.75-2.00 lbs of chicken breast (This is about four individual chicken breasts based on the packages I usually have available.)
  • The juice of one orange**
  • The juice of two limes**
  • The juice of two lemons**
    • **This should equate to about 1 cup of citrus juice combined.**
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 TBSP minced garlic
  • 3 TBSP avocado oil
Marinating citrus grilled chicken
Marinating the chicken.


  1. Mix all ingredients together in a plastic baggie, bowl, or casserole dish.
  2. Let chicken to marinade for at least two hours (can let marinate overnight, up to a day).
  3. Be sure to flip the chicken, stir the bowl, shake the baggie (all depending on what you are marinating in) about halfway through the marinate period.
  4. When ready to cook, preheat your grill over medium-high heat.
  5. Grill several minutes per side, flipping halfway through.  Total time will depend on how hot your grill gets and how thick your chicken breasts are.  Typically this ranges from 10-20 minutes.  To know when the chicken is done, it must reach an internal temperature of 165° Fahrenheit.
  6. Let chicken rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing and serving.
Grilled Citrus Chicken


  • This recipe serves four.
  • Cooking time is dependent on your grill and the size and thickness of your chicken breasts, so please make sure you cook to an internal temperature of 165° Fahrenheit. This is the thermometer we have and is easy to work, works well, and is inexpensive.
  • The flavors in the marinade are subtle enough that you can use this chicken for anything.  I love it the day we grill it with some freshly grilled vegetables with a little of my favorite mustard barbeque sauce.  However, for leftovers, I love putting this chicken in my buffalo chicken salad, sweet potato bisque, or chicken enchiladas.
  • If you want the citrus flavors stronger in this recipe, add a tsp of zest from each of the types of fruit used in this recipe (totaling in three tsps of zest, one from each) 
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