Adobo-Citrus Grilled Chicken Thighs (Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Soy-Free)


Cate O’Malley, Paper Palate – I admit it.  The only reason I subscribe to Latina Magazine is for the recipes.  Hey, the husband is Cuban and I’m a dedicated wife, what can I say?  The other day I hit pay-dirt when I spied their recipe for Adobo-Citrus Grilled Chicken Thighs in the June/July issue.

The recipe follows one of my favorite formats … put a bunch of things in a Ziploc bag and let it marinate.  Grill.  Eat.  What more could you want?  Perfect for a weeknight meal, and a great way to kick off warm weather and the grilling season.  This one is going into heavy rotation in our household. 

Adobo-Citrus Grilled Chicken Thighs



Makes 4-6 servings


1 cup orange juice
1/4 cup lime juice
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1 (7 oz) can chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, chopped
4 garlic cloves, chopped
1 T Mexican oregano (I used regular)
1 t ground cumin
1 t kosher salt
1 t freshly ground black pepper
2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs

In blender or bowl of food processor, combine all ingredients except chicken and process until well combined (I just dumped in Ziploc bag). Transfer marinade to zip-top plastic bag or nonreactive dish. Add chicken to marinade and coat completely. Close bag or cover bowl and refrigerate at least 2 hours. Preheat and prepare outdoor grill or ridged grill pan. Remove chicken from marinade, drain and pat dry (we didn’t pat dry). Over medium-high heat, grill thighs, turning once, until juices run clear or internal temperature reaches 180F, about 15 minutes.

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Alisa is the founder of, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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