Orange Buffalo Grilled Chicken

Orange Buffalo Grilled Chicken – chicken marinated in buffalo wing sauce, orange juice, garlic, olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and black pepper. Can cook the chicken on the grill, pan-sear on the stovetop, or bake in the oven for a quick weeknight meal. A little spicy, a little sweet, and a whole lotta delicious! Ready to eat in 15 minutes!

Originally posted May 16, 2017

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Spicy Citrus Marinade for Chicken

This Orange Buffalo Grilled Chicken has quickly become a favorite at our house. The recipe only has a few simple ingredients and has tons of great flavor. A little spicy, a little sweet, and a whole lotta delicious! If you like buffalo chicken wings, you are going to LOVE this chicken! Add this to your menu. It is sure to be a hit!

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How to Make Grilled Buffalo Chicken

This marinade is very easy to make with only a few simple ingredients. In a medium bowl, whisk together hot sauce, orange juice, fresh minced garlic, olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and black pepper. Place chicken in a large gallon-sized Ziploc bag. Pour marinade over the chicken. Seal tightly and store in the fridge for 4-24 hours. Remove the chicken from the marinade and discard the marinade. Grill/cook until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165ºF.

Helpful Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • You can use this marinade on any cut of chicken – boneless skinless chicken breasts, chicken tenders, chicken thighs, chicken wings, or chicken drumsticks/legs.
  • You can use boneless or bone-in chicken. Adjust the cooking time to ensure an internal temperature of 165ºF.
  • I suggest pounding the chicken breast to an even thickness. We put the chicken in a ziplock bag and use a flat meat mallet to carefully pound out the hump. This ensures that the chicken cooks evenly and you don’t have juicy chicken and half-dry chicken.
  • I don’t have a grill. Can I cook the chicken in the oven or skillet? Yes! To cook the chicken breasts inside, heat olive oll in a skillet or grill pan over medium-high heat. Pan-sear the chicken for 3 to 4 minutes per side. Place on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake at 400ºF for 10 minutes, or until a meat thermometer reads 165ºF.
  • I use Frank’s Hot Sauce or Frank’s Buffalo Sauce.
  • Is Grilled Buffalo Chicken spicy? The orange juice helps to mellow out the buffalo sauce, so the chicken isn’t super spicy. 
    • For extra heat, add some cayenne pepper and paprika to the marinade.
  • Store leftover chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  • How to serve leftover chicken:
    • On top of a green salad with some ranch dressing or blue cheese dressing.
    • Chop up the chicken and make buffalo chicken salad.
    • Reheat the chicken and make buffalo chicken sandwiches on brioche buns with lettuce, tomatoes, and red onion.  
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What to Serve with Grilled Chicken

This is one of our all-time favorite chicken recipes. This is our go-to recipe when we fire up the grill. We serve this with our favorite potato casserole and some green beans. It is equally delicious with asparagus, rice, and some crusty bread

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Orange Buffalo Grilled Chicken

Yield: 4 people
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Orange Buffalo Grilled Chicken – chicken marinated in buffalo wing sauce, orange juice, garlic, olive oil, salt, and black pepper. Can cook the chicken on the grill, pan-sear on the stovetop, or bake in the oven for a quick weeknight meal. A little spicy, a little sweet, and a whole lotta delicious! Ready to eat in 15 minutes!

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together hot sauce, orange juice, garlic, olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper.
  • Place chicken in a resealable plastic bag.
  • Pour over chicken and marinate in the refrigerator a few hours to overnight.
  • Remove chicken from marinade and cook until it reaches an internal temperature of 165ºF.

Notes:

  • You can use this marinade on any cut of chicken – boneless skinless chicken breasts, chicken tenders, chicken thighs, chicken wings, or chicken drumsticks/legs.
  • You can use boneless or bone-in chicken. Adjust the cooking time to ensure an internal temperature of 165ºF.
  • I suggest pounding the chicken breast to an even thickness. We put the chicken in a ziplock bag and use a flat meat mallet to carefully pound out the hump. This ensures that the chicken cooks evenly and you don’t have juicy chicken and half-dry chicken.
  • I don’t have a grill. Can I cook the chicken in the oven or skillet? Yes! To cook the chicken breasts inside, heat olive oll in a skillet or grill pan over medium-high heat. Pan-sear the chicken for 3 to 4 minutes per side. Place on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake at 400ºF for 10 minutes, or until a meat thermometer reads 165ºF.
  • I use Frank’s Hot Sauce or Frank’s Buffalo Sauce.
  • Can I freeze Buffalo Grilled Chicken? Yes! You can freeze the chicken uncooked or cooked.
    • Prepare the marinade. Place the chicken in a freezer bag and pour the marinade over the chicken. Seal the bag and freeze. When ready to cook, thaw in the refrigerator overnight and cook.
    • To freeze cooked chicken, cool completely and place in a freezer bag and freeze. Thaw and reheat in the microwave.
  • Store leftover chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Steph

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