Mexican Citrus Marinade

On weeknights, I often turn to chicken tacos or quesadillas for a quick, easy dinner that I know will be delicious.  Fortunately, I found this recipe for Mexican Citrus Marinade which takes the chicken’s flavor up a notch!

Marinating Chicken

This simple marinade utilizes ingredients that you probably have on hand and can be thrown together quickly.  As long as you plan ahead, this shouldn’t add much time to your dinner preparations.  I like to whip this up and get my chicken marinating before I head to the gym in the evening.  Then it’s ready to go when I get back.

Mexican Citrus Chicken Marinade

Prep time: 5 minutes + 1 hour marinating time

Serves: 2


2 tbsp. Lime Juice
2 tbsp. Orange Juice
2 tbsp. Olive Oil
1 clove Garlic
Handful Fresh Cilantro

Marinade Ingredients

1.  Coarsely chop your cilantro and garlic.

2.  Combine the lime juice, orange juice, olive oil, garlic, and cilantro.  Mix and season with salt and pepper.

3.  Pour marinade over chicken and marinate in refrigerator for a few hours, turning once.  Ideally, you want to marinate it at least one hour, but even 30 minutes will work.

Note: This is not a marinade that you can leave your chicken in overnight!  The citric acid in the lime and orange juices can actually start to break down the chicken if left too long.

Marinating Chicken

Use this marinade to make juicy, flavorful chicken for tacos, quesadillas, fajitas, or enchiladas (such as our delicious Green Citrus Chicken Enchiladas)!


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