Grilling is my absolute favorite way to cook. If the weather is nice I’ll be on the porch making dinner. Chicken, burgers, steaks… all of them make me happy. But I can tell you that this yummy orange chicken is about to go on regular rotation over here. It is so good.
The key to this phenomenal dish is the marinade. It’s light and bright. It screams of warm weather days and sunshine. And it’s simple! Just orange juice and Coconut Aminos.
Did I mention that this recipe is Whole 30 compliant, Paleo, and gluten free? So many store bought marinades rely on sugar to create sweetness but not here, friends. Orange juice is plenty sweet on it’s own and the Coconut Aminos add a depth of flavor you’re going to love.
If you’re not familiar with Coconut Aminos you’re about to be. I’m a big fan. You will likely find it at your local grocery store (I don’t even need to go to a natural food store for mine) because it’s gaining in popularity. It’s made from coconut tree sap. It looks and tastes remarkably similar to soy sauce. Remarkably. But it’s better for you because it has far less sodium. If it sounds a little strange just try it and I bet you’ll be using it all the time.
To really make your chicken wow let it marinade for as long as possible. I like to let it work it’s magic for half a day and sometimes overnight. It’s not required and if you only have an hour do an hour. It’s still going to be delicious.
Once your chicken is finished marinading you’ll just add your seasoning and pop it on the grill.
Serve with grilled vegetables or add it to the top of a citrus salad. I slice mine up and sprinkle a little cilantro on top for a really summery feel.
So grab yourself a glass of wine (or a LaCroix if you’re on Whole 30) and start grilling.
- 4 chicken breasts, trimmed
- ¼ cup Coconut Aminos
- ⅓ cup orange juice
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon garlic powder
- cilantro to top, optional
- Add chicken breasts, Coconut Aminos, & orange juice to a gallon ziploc bag. Squeeze out excess air and zip closed. Lay flat, spreading the marinade inside the bag so that it's distributed evenly around the chicken breasts. Let marinade for a minimum of 1 hour. I prefer to let it marinade for several hours or overnight if possible. The marinade is fairly mild so the longer you marinade the more pronounced the flavor will be. Flip bag over every few hours so you're effectively coating both sides. Remove from bag when you're ready to grill.
- In a small bowl combine your ground ginger, salt, and garlic powder. Sprinkle liberally on both sides of your now marinated chicken breasts.
- Preheat grill to medium high heat.
- Place your chicken on the grill. Grill for 5-7 minutes, flip, and grill other side for 5-7 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Cooking time varies depending on the thickness of your chicken.
- Remove from heat, let chicken rest for 5 minutes and then serve immediately.