Orange Ginger Marinated Grilled Chicken

This marinated grilled chicken is wonderfully zesty and pops with color! It’s perfect for BBQ parties or weeknight meals.

Orange Ginger Marinated Grilled Chicken

This chicken is bright and citrusy with the spiciness of fresh ginger. The soy sauce I use in the marinade and sauce isn’t pronounced, but it helps marry the citrus, ginger, and garlic, and adds a lovely hint of umami flavor.

It’s possibly the best summer chicken recipe!

How To Make Orange Ginger Marinated Grilled Chicken Step By Step

  • In a large bowl, whisk orange zest and juice, lime zest and juice, soy sauce, honey, ginger, garlic, cilantro, salt, cayenne, and pepper. Add the olive oil, whisking constantly until combined.
  • Transfer ¼ cup of the orange-ginger mixture to a separate small bowl; cover and refrigerate. Add the chicken to the bowl with the remaining orange marinade and toss them in the sauce. Marinate for at least 1 hour and up to 24 hours.
  • Preheat your gas grill with all burners on high and close the lid. When the grill is hot (after about 15 minutes), turn the 2 burners closest to the front to low, keeping the back burner on high. Remove the chicken from the bag and arrange on the grates over the low heat burners.
  • Cover and cook until the underside of the chicken is just beginning to develop light grill marks, 6 to 9 minutes. Flip the chicken, cover, and continue to cook until the chicken is firm to touch, 6 to 9 minutes longer. To get a nice char on the chicken, now move the chicken to the part of the grill over high flames and cook uncovered until each side has solid grill marks, 5 to 6 minutes, flipping halfway.
  • The chicken should be completely firm to the touch and register 160 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer. Transfer the chicken to a plate, tent with foil, and let it rest for 5 minutes before serving.
  • Stir the refrigerated orange-ginger sauce and drizzle or brush it on the chicken before serving.
top down shot of Orange Ginger Marinated Grilled Chicken

Grilling Tips!

Grilling season is upon us, and who doesn’t love a perfectly charred bit of meat or veg! Below are a few tips for a top notch grilling experience!

  • Like any other kitchen appliance, a grill needs to be maintained, cleaned, and prepped to work properly and efficiently. If you want great grilled chicken, make sure you have enough fuel, and rub a little oil onto the (clean and preheated) grates right before cooking so the chicken doesn’t stick.
  • Make sure you pick the same sized chicken pieces, so they cook at the same time.
  • The uneven shape of boneless, skinless chicken breasts makes them tricky to grill, but by just spending a few minutes pounding the thicker end thinner, you’ll both reduce cooking time and end up with more evenly cooked meat.
  • After cooking the chicken on a medium heat, to get a nice char on the chicken, move the chicken to the part of the grill over high flames and cook uncovered until each side has solid grill marks, 5 to 6 minutes, flipping halfway.

A Delicious Grilled Chicken Breast Marinade

Not only does this marinade pack a satisfyingly zesty punch , but it adds a rich orange coating that looks incredible! The marinade is a mix of orange juice and zest, lime juice and zest, soy sauce, honey, fresh grated ginger, garlic, cilantro, and a pinch of cayenne pepper.
Reserve some of the orange ginger marinade to brush on the cooked chicken as a bold, bright finishing sauce.

What To Serve With Orange Ginger Marinated Grilled Chicken

This marinated grilled chicken is great for summer BBQ’s or weeknight meals. You could keep is light and serve this with a fresh Side Salad or Roasted Vegetables, or go a bit more hearty with a side like Scalloped Potatoes. Either way you’ll have yourself an awesomely delicious meal, my friends!

Top Tips For Orange Ginger Marinated Grilled Chicken

  • Marinade the chicken for at least for 1 hours, up to 24 hours if possible.
  • A gallon-sized, zip-top freezer bag is great for marinades, namely because it makes cleanup easier but also because it helps the marinade sit snugly around the chicken. If you don’t want to dirty another bowl — just make the marinade right in the bag.
  • Dry the chicken before you cook it. Before grilling, remove the chicken from the marinade and pat dry. This will prevent the marinade from burning or causing flare-ups on the grill.
  • Brush the cooked chicken with a final coating of the marinade sauce.

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Easy Healthy Chicken Piccata Recipe by Chew Out Loud

Easy Lemon Garlic Chicken by Life As A Strawberry

close up of finished dish

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5 from 15 votes

Orange Ginger Chicken

This chicken is bright, citrusy with the spiciness of fresh ginger. The soy sauce I use in the marinade and sauce isn't pronounced, but it helps marry the citrus, ginger, and garlic, and adds a lovely hint of umami flavor.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
marinade1 hr
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: ginger chicken, grilled chicken recipe, orange chicken
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 282kcal
Author: Andie Mitchell

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1 ½ teaspoons grated lime zest
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice juice of about 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro optional
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, whisk orange zest and juice, lime zest and juice, soy sauce, honey, ginger, garlic, cilantro, salt, cayenne, and pepper. Add the olive oil, whisking constantly until combined.
  • Transfer ¼ cup of the orange-ginger mixture to a separate small bowl; cover and refrigerate. Add the chicken to the bowl with the remaining orange marinade and toss them in the sauce. Marinate for at least 1 hour and up to 24 hours.
  • Preheat your gas grill with all burners on high and close the lid. When the grill is hot (after about 15 minutes), turn the 2 burners closest to the front to low, keeping the back burner on high. Remove the chicken from the bag and arrange on the grates over the low heat burners.
  • Cover and cook until the underside of the chicken is just beginning to develop light grill marks, 6 to 9 minutes. Flip the chicken, cover, and continue to cook until the chicken is firm to touch, 6 to 9 minutes longer. To get a nice char on the chicken, now move the chicken to the part of the grill over high flames and cook uncovered until each side has solid grill marks, 5 to 6 minutes, flipping halfway.
  • The chicken should be completely firm to the touch and register 160 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer. Transfer the chicken to a plate, tent with foil, and let it rest for 5 minutes before serving.
  • Stir the refrigerated orange-ginger sauce and drizzle or brush it on the chicken before serving.
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27 thoughts on “Orange Ginger Marinated Grilled Chicken

  1. Veronica

    5 stars
    This orange ginger marinated grilled chicken has so much flavor packed in it especially that kick of ginger! I loved the grilling tips you shared they were really helpful they really made the chicken even more scrumptious!

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