Recipe By gapch1026
Published Jun 8th
Chipotle-Citrus Marinated Chicken
Prep 10m Cook 16m Additional 4h Ready In 4h 26m
Servings 2 chicken breasts Calories 275.3

This is my adaptation of a Cuban-style marinade recipe for pork – I use it for chicken and think you’ll agree that the results are moist, tender, and delicious.

Recipe Ingredients

  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground chipotle powder
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Whisk together the orange juice, lime juice, olive oil, cilantro, garlic powder, chipotle powder, and salt and pepper in a bowl. Pour marinade into a resealable plastic bag; add the chicken, coat with the marinade, squeeze out excess air, and seal the bag. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
  2. 2 Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat.
  3. 3 Lightly oil the grill grate, and then arrange chicken on grill. Cook the chicken breasts until no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, about 8 minutes per side.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 275.3
  • Carbohydrate 6.6 g
  • Cholesterol 67.2 mg
  • Fat 16.4 g
  • Fiber 0.4 g
  • Protein 25.1 g
  • Saturated Fat 2.7 g
  • Sodium 62.6 mg
  • Sugar 3.3 g


  1. I really wanted to like this more than I did. It was indeed moist and tender, but the flavor seemed to be mostly of the juice. This was just okay for us, and not really what I was expecting. I think the large amount of liquid prevents the seasoning from being much of a contribution - Read more ...
  2. I really think the spices in this recipe compliment the orange and lime juice! I did add a few things to my desired liking. I added freshly minced garlic and a little bit of sugar to desired taste. The sugar really made everything else pop! I would recommend trying it this way if you like - Read more ...
  3. We didn't like it. We didn't taste any of the chipotle either. Might want to up that a bit.
  4. I followed the instructions to the letter--no substitutions--and let the chicken marinate for a full 9 hrs. I expected a more robust flavor due to the cilantro and chipotle but was sadly disappointed. It's a pretty mild flavored chicken breast that needs a whole lot of something to bring it to life.
  5. This was really good marinated over night. The chipotle issue must be a taste preference my whole family couldn't even detect any spice at all.
  6. My family and I realy enjoyed this recipe! I could not find chipotle powder so I used chipotle sauce. I would make this a regular in my kitchen.
  7. This was really good. I made it exactly as written. I will definitely make this again.
  8. The recipe only calls for 1/4 teaspoon of chipotle powder NOT 1 teaspoon--that may be the reason why ThomasG's girlfriend found it too spicy.
  9. The marinade is excellent. It thoroughly flavored the chicken and is wonderful if you like chipotle. Though it's not for the faint of heart; 1 tsp of chipotle powder made this a bit too spicy for my girlfriend. This recipe could be improved by some form of complimentary sauce. We attempted making a reduction of - Read more ...