Friday Flashback: Citrus Rum Grilled Chicken

February 17, 2012

It’s that time of year again, time to use the rest of the oranges, at least the ones I can’t bribe the kids into juicing.

With the last of the oranges coming off the tree, it seemed like a good time to put them to use for more than screwdrivers. Combined with dark rum, oranges make a tangy marinade and sauce. And who can’t use another easy chicken recipe?

We grilled the chicken but if it’s too cold to grill you can saute the chicken just as easily.

Lemon Garlic Rice made a terrific side dish to soak up more sauce.

  • Chicken, your favorite pieces or parts. I used boneless breasts and thighs.
  • Oranges, 2 or 3
  • Orange Juice, 2 cups or so
  • Dark Rum, 2/3 cup
  • Soy Sauce, 3 or 4 tablespoons
  • Chicken Broth or Bouillon, 2 cups
  • Brown Sugar, 1/3 cup
  • Garlic, 6 or 7 cloves
  • Cornstarch, 1 tablespoon
  • Cream, 1/2 cup

First, the marinade. Combine a cup of OJ, about 1/3 cup of rum and a couple of generous dashes of soy sauce. Add a dash of crushed red pepper flakes. Zest an orange and crush a few garlic cloves.

Put the chicken in a shallow dish, throw in the zest and garlic and pour the marinade over the whole thing. Let it sit in the fridge for several hours or overnight.

Now for the sauce. Combine 2 cups of chicken broth, a cup of OJ and another couple dashes of soy sauce.

Dump it into a small heavy sauce pan and add brown sugar, a couple of crushed garlic cloves, a sliced orange and a little crushed red pepper.

Bring it to a low boil and let it simmer until it’s reduced by about a third.

In a small bowl, combine a tablespoon or so of corn starch with just enough cold water to get it all dissolved. Strain the garlic and orange slices out of the sauce and stir in the cornstarch mixture.

Stir in the rum and cream and heat for a few more minutes over low heat. Keep warm until you’re ready to eat.

Grill the chicken, basting it with the leftover marinade. Because the marinade is full of raw chicken germs, be sure not to baste in the last 15 minutes or so.

Arrange the chicken on a platter and spoon sauce over the top.

Garnish with a couple of orange slices if you like. Serve, passing the remaining sauce separately. Enjoy!

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Donna Rowley February 17, 2012 at 12:14 pm

I love your site and your recipes…..however, am I just missing the way to print the recipe? I don’t see a “print” option.

Thank you-


2 karenbove February 17, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Thanks Donna! The print button is the first icon under Share and Enjoy.


3 Gaby@GabHousewifeChronicles February 17, 2012 at 4:56 pm

It sounds delicious!!! I’m definitely gonna try it!!! Thanks for sharing


4 Susan B. February 20, 2012 at 10:17 am

We have a retiree once-a-month lunch group for which I cook–it gives me a chance to try new recipes for people who are not named Picky Meat-and-Potatoes Husband. They will love this–it’s next up in my rotation! I’m going to take a clue from another chicken and orange recipe I have and add sliced avocados at the end. Can’t wait! Thanks.


5 karenbove February 20, 2012 at 10:27 am

I love the addition of avocado! I hope it’s a hit.


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