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Grilled Mexican Citrus Chicken

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  2 reviews
  • 1 hr 15 min prep time
  • 4 hr 15 min total time
  • 10 ingredients
  • 8 servings
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A zesty citrus marinade keeps the chicken moist and tender while grilling.

Ingredients

1/2
cup orange juice
1/2
cup lime juice
1/2
cup olive or vegetable oil
1/4
cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/4
cup chopped onion
4
teaspoons chili powder
2
teaspoons ground cumin
1
teaspoon salt
1/2
teaspoon red pepper sauce
2
cut-up whole chickens (3 to 3 1/2 lb each)

Steps

  • 1 In large shallow glass dish or 2-gallon resealable food-storage plastic bag, mix all ingredients except chicken. Add chicken; turn to coat with marinade. Cover dish or seal bag and refrigerate, turning chicken occasionally, at least 3 hours but no longer than 24 hours.
  • 2 Heat gas or charcoal grill. Remove chicken from marinade; reserve marinade. Place chicken, skin sides up, on grill. Cover grill; cook over medium heat 15 to 20 minutes.
  • 3 Turn chicken. Cover grill; cook 20 to 40 minutes longer, turning and brushing 2 to 3 times with marinade, until juice of chicken is clear when thickest piece is cut to bone (170°F for breasts; 180°F for thighs and legs). Discard any remaining marinade.
  • 1 In large shallow glass dish or 2-gallon resealable food-storage plastic bag, mix all ingredients except chicken. Add chicken; turn to coat with marinade. Cover dish or seal bag and refrigerate, turning chicken occasionally, at least 3 hours but no longer than 24 hours.
  • 2 Heat gas or charcoal grill. Remove chicken from marinade; reserve marinade. Place chicken, skin sides up, on grill. Cover grill; cook over medium heat 15 to 20 minutes.
  • 3 Turn chicken. Cover grill; cook 20 to 40 minutes longer, turning and brushing 2 to 3 times with marinade, until juice of chicken is clear when thickest piece is cut to bone (170°F for breasts; 180°F for thighs and legs). Discard any remaining marinade.

Expert Tips

To reduce grilling time, use 8 boneless skinless chicken breasts; grill them for 15 to 20 minutes, turning once.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
380
Calories from Fat
210
% Daily Value
Total Fat
23g
36%
Saturated Fat
4 1/2g
22%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
Cholesterol
115mg
38%
Sodium
420mg
18%
Total Carbohydrate
4g
1%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
2g
2%
Protein
37g
37%
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
10%
10%
Vitamin C
10%
10%
Calcium
4%
4%
Iron
10%
10%
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 5 1/2 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
0
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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