This is my adaptation of a Cuban-style marinade recipe for pork - I use it for chicken and think you'll agree that the results are moist, tender, and delicious.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
16 mins
additional:
4 hrs
total:
4 hrs 26 mins
Servings:
2
Yield:
2 chicken breasts
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Ingredients

2
Original recipe yields 2 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Whisk together the orange juice, lime juice, olive oil, cilantro, garlic powder, chipotle powder, and salt and pepper in a bowl. Pour marinade into a resealable plastic bag; add the chicken, coat with the marinade, squeeze out excess air, and seal the bag. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.

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  • Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat.

  • Lightly oil the grill grate, and then arrange chicken on grill. Cook the chicken breasts until no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, about 8 minutes per side.

Nutrition Facts

275 calories; protein 25.1g 50% DV; carbohydrates 6.6g 2% DV; fat 16.4g 25% DV; cholesterol 67.2mg 22% DV; sodium 62.6mg 3% DV. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (10)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
08/24/2009
The marinade is excellent. It thoroughly flavored the chicken and is wonderful if you like chipotle. Though it's not for the faint of heart; 1 tsp of chipotle powder made this a bit too spicy for my girlfriend. This recipe could be improved by some form of complimentary sauce. We attempted making a reduction of the marinade but it was again a bit too spicy for some. I personally loved the flavor and found the spiciness acceptable. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
09/11/2009
We didn't like it. We didn't taste any of the chipotle either. Might want to up that a bit. Read More
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12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
08/24/2009
The marinade is excellent. It thoroughly flavored the chicken and is wonderful if you like chipotle. Though it's not for the faint of heart; 1 tsp of chipotle powder made this a bit too spicy for my girlfriend. This recipe could be improved by some form of complimentary sauce. We attempted making a reduction of the marinade but it was again a bit too spicy for some. I personally loved the flavor and found the spiciness acceptable. Read More
(25)
Rating: 5 stars
08/28/2009
The recipe only calls for 1/4 teaspoon of chipotle powder NOT 1 teaspoon--that may be the reason why ThomasG's girlfriend found it too spicy. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/03/2009
My family and I realy enjoyed this recipe! I could not find chipotle powder so I used chipotle sauce. I would make this a regular in my kitchen. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/08/2009
This was really good marinated over night. The chipotle issue must be a taste preference my whole family couldn't even detect any spice at all. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/02/2009
This was really good. I made it exactly as written. I will definitely make this again. Read More
(3)
Rating: 1 stars
09/11/2009
We didn't like it. We didn't taste any of the chipotle either. Might want to up that a bit. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
09/11/2009
I followed the instructions to the letter--no substitutions--and let the chicken marinate for a full 9 hrs. I expected a more robust flavor due to the cilantro and chipotle but was sadly disappointed. It's a pretty mild flavored chicken breast that needs a whole lot of something to bring it to life. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/12/2010
I really think the spices in this recipe compliment the orange and lime juice! I did add a few things to my desired liking. I added freshly minced garlic and a little bit of sugar to desired taste. The sugar really made everything else pop! I would recommend trying it this way if you like a sweet citrusy taste to your chicken! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/20/2013
I really wanted to like this more than I did. It was indeed moist and tender but the flavor seemed to be mostly of the juice. This was just okay for us and not really what I was expecting. I think the large amount of liquid prevents the seasoning from being much of a contribution to the flavor. I doubled the chipotle after reading some of the comments and still did not feel that it or the garlic flavor were really present. Read More
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