You didn't think I was going to teach you how to grill a chicken under a brick without providing an amazing recipe, did you? This citrus marinated grilled chicken is my new favorite chicken dish and it's a total must make! With a crispy salty skin and juicy citrus interior, it's seriously scrumptious. The marinade is a mixture of orange, lemon, and lime juices that's seasoned with fresh oregano and rosemary. If you can, I suggest making the marinade a day before grilling. It really allows the flavors to permeate the chicken. You ready for the recipe? Keep reading!
1 cup fresh orange juice
1/3 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh oregano
3 teaspoons salt, divided
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 whole chicken (about 3 3/4 pounds), neck and giblets removed, butterflied
1 teaspoon Hungarian sweet paprika
1 teaspoon black pepper
Nonstick vegetable oil spray
1 1/2 oranges
2 foil-wrapped bricks or 1 cast-iron skillet
- Whisk juices, olive oil, oregano, 1 teaspoon salt, rosemary, and garlic in glass baking dish. Add chicken to marinade. Turn to coat; chill 2 hours, turning occasionally. DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 day ahead. Keep chilled.
- Mix remaining 2 teaspoons salt, paprika, and pepper in small bowl.
- Spray grill rack with nonstick spray. Prepare barbecue (medium heat).
- Slice 1/2 orange into 1/4- to 1/8-inch-thick slices. Remove chicken from marinade; pat dry. Loosen skin from chicken breast and slide 1 to 2 orange slices between skin and breast. Loosen skin from thighs and slide 1 to 2 orange slices between skin and thighs.*
- Rub paprika mixture over both sides of chicken.
- Place chicken, skin side down, on grill. Place foil-wrapped bricks or cast-iron skillet atop chicken (if using bricks, position 1 brick over top half of chicken and 1 brick over bottom half). Cover and grill until skin is crispy and brown, about 15 minutes.
- Remove bricks or skillet. Using tongs or 2 large spatulas, turn chicken. Replace bricks or skillet and cook, covered, until chicken is cooked through, about 20 minutes longer. Let chicken rest 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, place whole orange on grill and cook until slightly charred, turning often, about 1 minute. Cut into wedges and serve alongside for squeezing over chicken.*
*When I made this chicken, I ran out of oranges and did not place any under the skin. Nor did I serve grilled oranges alongside. However, it was still wonderful!
- Poultry, Main Dishes