Orange Basil Grilled Chicken
Orange Basil Grilled Chicken is easy to make and has a nice orange flavor thanks to the marinade which uses both orange juice and orange zest. Marinating the chicken allows the flavors to develop in the chicken. Slicing the 2 chicken breasts into 8 cutlets lets them grill faster, and not dry out, while remaining tender.
Whether it is Summer and you are grilling outside, or the weather doesn’t permit you to cook outdoors, so you grill or broil indoors, this Orange Basil Grilled Chicken is a must to add to your recipe list. Your family and guests will thank you too.
Serves: 3 or 4
¼ Cup Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice
½ Cup Olive Oil
2 Tablespoons Champagne Vinegar or White Wine Vinegar
Grated Zest from 1 Orange, about 1 Tablespoon
1 Tablespoon Dried Sweet Basil
2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
½ Teaspoon Sea Salt
¼ Teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper
2 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts, Cut In Half, Then sliced in half to make 2 cutlets from each half, 8 total pieces. About 1½ Pounds
In medium mixing bowl, combine the orange juice, oil, vinegar, orange zest, basil, garlic, salt and pepper. Whisk well to combine. Place chicken pieces in the mixing bowl with the orange mixture. Toss lightly to coat and cover. Cover the bowl, and place in the refrigerator for anywhere from 1 hour to overnight. Turn over several times while marinating.
When ready to cook, set your grill to medium-high heat. Grill chicken 3 to 4 minutes on each side, and cooked thoroughly. They should have medium char marks and golden brown on both sides. Remove from grill and serve immediately. Don’t overcook or they will dry out.
Serve with your favorite sides. We’re serving them with our Grilled Stuff Portobello Mushrooms and green beans. We have the Grilled Stuffed Portobello Mushroom recipe HERE.
Note: You can use Lemon Juice and Lemon Zest for the Orange, but there are so many lemon chicken recipes, we like orange chicken for a change. The flavors pair well.