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chicken marinated in orange juice

Grilled Orange Chicken

  • Author: Katya
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4-6 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: American


This grilled orange chicken is juicy and tender after being marinated in a simple yet flavorful orange marinade. It’s a family favorite that never disappoints.


Units Scale
  • 2 lbs. boneless, skinless, chicken thighs
  • 1 cup orange juice, pulp free
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. paprika
  • A couple of dashes of hot pepper sauce
  • Black pepper, to taste


  1. For the marinade: In a medium bowl, whisk orange juice, soy sauce, olive oil, garlic, paprika, and hot pepper sauce. Add chicken and toss to coat. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and marinate at least 4 hours up to overnight in the refrigerator.
  2. To cook the chicken: Pre-heat the grill on medium-high heat. Add chicken and grill until cooked through, about 12-15 minutes. Discard the marinade. Rest chicken for 5-7 minutes before serving.


  • Leftovers: Store leftover grilled chicken in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
  • Seasoning: I never add salt to this marinade as I find the chicken to be seasoned just enough from the soy sauce.
  • Recipe was originally published May 2016


  • Serving Size: 1 chicken thigh
  • Calories: 301
  • Sugar: 4.1 g
  • Sodium: 1486.2 mg
  • Fat: 15.8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 6.7 g
  • Protein: 32.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 142 mg

Keywords: grilling, easy, chicken thighs