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Jamie Purviance

Citrus-Marinated Chicken Breasts with Grilled Red Onions

  • People

    Serves 4

  • Prep Time

    20 min.

  • Marinating Time

    3 to 5 h

  • Grilling Time

    12 to 15 min.

Serves 4
Prep Time
20 min.
Marinating Time
3 to 5 h
Grilling Time
12 to 15 min.

the Ingredients

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  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest (from about 2 lemons)
  • 60 milliliters fresh lemon juice
  • 60 milliliters fresh orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 tablespoon grated, peeled fresh ginger, including juices
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, each about 170 grams
  • 1 large red onion, about 340 grams, cut crosswise into 12-millimeter slices
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  • 01 In a large, resealable plastic bag combine the marinade ingredients, including 2 tablespoons oil. Place the chicken in the bag, press the air out of the bag, and seal tightly. Turn the bag to distribute the marinade, place the bag in a bowl, and refrigerate for 3 to 5 hours, turning occasionally.
  • 02 Prepare the grill for direct cooking over medium heat (180° to 230°C).
  • 03 Brush the cooking grates clean. Brush the onion slices with oil. Remove the chicken from the bag and discard the marinade. Season the chicken evenly with the salt and pepper, and then grill over direct medium heat, with the lid closed, until the meat is firm to the touch and no longer pink in the center, 8 to 12 minutes, turning once. At the same time, grill the onions over direct medium heat until tender, 12 to 15 minutes, turning once or twice. Remove from the grill as they are done, and let the chicken rest for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • 04 Cut the chicken crosswise into slices about 12 millimeters thick. Serve warm with the onions.

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