Garlic Citrus Grilled Chicken

If we had an official dish during quarantine, it would be Garlic Citrus Grilled Chicken. I’ve easily made it a dozen times since April. My kids will happily eat it without complaining, it makes for great leftovers, and the moist, flavorful chicken is downright delicious!

My go to grilled chicken recipe is loaded with garlic and mixed citrus. It's delicious!


Years ago, my Mom and I attended an afternoon cooking demonstration put on by a local chef. He was very eccentric and he was very French in the very best way possible! An extremely entertaining afternoon to say the least! One of the dishes he made was a simply marinated citrus chicken. Heavily salted, lots of lemon, lime and orange, and tons of minced garlic. Needless to say it was super easy and super delicious!

Zesting and juicing oranges, limes, and lemons and cutting lots of garlic to make garlic citrus chicken.


Who knew that just a handful of ingredients and 30 minutes could yield such a flavorful chicken marinade? The garlic-citrus marinade takes minutes to prep therefore has become one of my go-to summer dinner ideas! Did I mention that it’s super easy, too? 🙂

-lemon juice
-orange juice
-lime juice
-kosher salt
-olive oil

Marinating chicken breasts in a ziplock bag with lots of citrus zest and juice, garlic and kosher salt.


My husband is the grill master around here and he has a few tips to ensure juicy, flavorful, perfectly grilled chicken every single time. First, make sure the grill is clean! Second, make sure the grill is HOT! Third, don’t turn the chicken too early or it will stick to the grates. Lastly, let the chicken breast rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing. This way the breasts stay juicy!

Grilling chicken breasts over charcoal. I like my chicken with dark crispy bits. Marinating the chicken makes it moist and tender.


Like I said above, this Citrus Garlic Grilled Chicken has quickly become a favorite of ours and a summer go-to. We often serve it with steamed rice or potatoes and grilled veggies. Equally delicious sliced and served as tacos as it is over a huge Caesar or Greek salad.

Two grilled garlic citrus chicken breasts with the juices on the plates and slices of citrus segments.


We rarely just make enough chicken for dinner. Making extra and having leftover chicken never goes unused. It makes for a great snack! Perfect in sandwiches, salads, diced in a quesadilla. You name it, we’ve done it! The leftover chicken can be used in so many ways!

Sliced garlic citrus chicken. It's juicy, salty, and delicious!


Here are some other summer recipes that my family loves and will go beautifully with grilled chicken!

Greek Pasta Salad
Traeger Corn on the Cob
Grilled Romaine with Green Goddess Dressing
Kale Caesar Pasta Salad

A plate with garlic citrus chicken, tomato and green bean salad, and a simple corn sauté.

Have a great week and happy cooking! xo, Kelley


Garlic Citrus Grilled Chicken

  • Author: Kelley


A quick and easy chicken marinade that’s heavy on the citrus and garlic!


  • 2 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • zest and juice of 1 orange
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 23 large cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • splash of olive oil


  1. Put chicken breasts in a large ziplock bag.
  2. Add citrus juice and zest, garlic, salt and olive oil.
  3. Seal bag, and squish (that’s an official term) to coat al the chicken. You can do this a few hours before grilling by no less than 30 minutes before.
  4. Heat grill to medium-high. Place chicken directly on the grill. Cook 5-6 minutes per side, turning once. You will need to adjust time depending on how thick the chicken breasts are. Remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes before slicing and serving!