Zesty Citrus Chicken Recipe

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Best with Sunkist® Lemons, Oranges
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This recipe is great! Even folks who don't care for chicken will ask for seconds. The lemon and zest will take the place of adding any salt, this is a mouthwatering Sunkist S’alternative™ dish that's guaranteed to impress. Try serving Zesty Citrus Chicken sliced up for chicken quesadillas for the next day!


  • 1/4 cup minced garlic (10 medium cloves)
  • 1/2 cup Sunkist® lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup Sunkist® lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup Sunkist® orange zest
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 6 lbs. legs and thighs
  • 3 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup Sunkist® lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup Sunkist® orange juice
  • 2 Tbsp. Sunkist® lemon zest
  • 2 Tbsp. Sunkist® orange zest

  • Preparation: Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Instructions: (Makes 4 servings)

  • Mix the first seven ingredients together, cut excess skin and fat off of the chicken pieces. Massage the rub/marinade onto the chicken putting most of it under the skin (you will be flavoring the meat instead of the skin). Refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
  • Place chicken in oven and bake for 25-30 minutes. For even better flavor take chicken out of oven after 15 minutes and finish off on the grill.
  • Take remaing drippings and add the cornstarch. Simmer until thickened and then add additional zest and juice.

  • To Serve: Drizzle the chicken with the sauce and enjoy your sodium-free, yet super flavorful dinner!

Nutrition Information (per serving):

Calories 500; Total Fat 14g; Saturated Fat 3g; % Calories from Fat 25%; % Calores from Saturated Fat 5%; Cholesterol 240mg; Carbohydrate 17g; Dietary Fiber 2.5g; Sodium 265mg; Protein 74g

Recipe and photo submitted by Bonnie B. - Sunkist S’alternative™ recipe contest.

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