Prep Time:
5 minutes (plus 20 minutes to marinate)

Cook Time:
15 minutes

Total Time:
20 minutes (plus 20 minutes to marinate)


Perfect Summer Citrus Chicken

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Savor the warm weather and bright flavors of the season with this perfect summer citrus chicken recipe. The dish is a zesty and refreshing blend of citrus, herbs and spices, combined with juicy and tender chicken breasts.

First, preheat your grill to high heat. While it's heating up, combine a cup of vinegar with orange, lemon, grounded peppercorn, honey, sugar, chopped parsley, iodized salt and crushed red pepper. Mix everything together thoroughly, and then pour the marinade into a zip-top bag along with chicken breasts. Pop the bag into the fridge and let the chicken marinate for 20 minutes.

When you're ready to cook, place the marinated chicken on the grill and cook each side for 5 to 8 minutes, flipping it once, until the internal temperature reaches 165° Fahrenheit. This ensures that the chicken is fully cooked and retains its juiciness and tenderness.

The flavors of this dish are simply spectacular. The combination of citrus, vinegar and spices provides a tangy and zesty taste, with a hint of sweetness from the honey and sugar. The chopped parsley adds a fresh and herbal note that balances out the flavors, and the whole peppercorns add a mild and pleasant spiciness.

The perfect summer citrus chicken is perfect for any summer gathering, whether it's a backyard barbecue or a family picnic. The dish is easy to make, and the marinade can be prepared ahead of time, making it convenient for busy days. You can also serve the chicken with your favorite sides, such as roasted vegetables, a fresh salad or grilled corn.

This dish is perfect for a summer barbecue or a weeknight dinner. The combination of tangy citrus and spicy heat is perfectly balanced with a touch of sweetness from the honey and sugar. Plus, the zesty marinade keeps the chicken juicy and flavorful. Serve it up with your favorite sides and get ready to enjoy the taste of summer!



  1. Preheat grill to high heat.
  2. Combine vinegar, orange zest, lemon zest, lime zest, lemon juice, whole peppercorns, honey, sugar, parsley, salt and crushed red pepper. Mix thoroughly. Pour into a zip-top bag, add chicken breasts. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  3. Place chicken on grill. Cook each side 5-8 minutes, flipping once, until internal temperature reaches 165°.

Recipe Courtesy of Chef Megan, ALDI Test Kitchen