Citrus-Marinated Chicken Thighs

Chicken is the safest main course when I have friends over. It is tasty, juicy, inexpensive, healthy, and easy to cook with. If you are worried about it being dry, this marinated chicken thigh recipe is double fail-proof.

The original recipe is from Epicurious. I used skinless and boneless chicken thighs instead of bone-in, and skin-on ones. It doesn’t have that beautiful juicy and charcoaled skin look, but it is as delicious with this healthier option.

I also don’t own a food processor. So I chopped the ingredients finely instead. I made quinoa to go with it, but you are welcoming to replace it with rice, brown rice, or any kind of starch you like.

This recipe serves approximately 4.


  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken thighs
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp freshly grated lime zest
  • 1 tsp freshly grated orange zest
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4  cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced , setting aside 1/4 cup for the garnish


  1. In a medium bowl, put cilantro, garlic, citrus zest, citrus juices, soy sauce, oil, salt and the rest of scallions in the bowl and mix them together. Set aside 1/4 cup marinade.
  2. Add chicken and chill at least 20 minutes.
  3. Preheat broiler. Remove the excess marinate on the chicken thighs, leave them on a broilerproof baking sheet, and broil 5-10 minutes each side until they are beautifully charcoaled.
  4. Serve it with reserved marinade and scallions.


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