John’s favorite way to cook in the kitchen is spontaneously and without a recipe. He’ll often just open the fridge, pull out some ingredients that look good, and create something new and unplanned for dinner.
He also loves to experiment with marinades and rubs for chicken, pork tenderloins, and tri-tip. My favorite of John’s creations in his garlic orange marinade for grilled chicken. The marinade is sweet, tangy, and fresh, and the chicken turns out moist and delicious every time.
Since he doesn’t have a recipe, I had to watch John prepare the chicken one night. The proportions are estimates because he never keeps track of exactly how much of each ingredient he uses. He usually makes this marinade for chicken thighs, but it would also work just as well with chicken breasts. We paired the chicken with roasted sweet potatoes and a green salad, but it would taste great with any of your favorite sides!
I hope this recipe inspires you to be as fearless as John is in the kitchen. Enjoy!
John’s Garlic Orange Grilled Chicken
- 1 pound chicken thighs
- Juice of 1 orange
- 3-4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 3-4 tablespoons olive oil
- Splash of soy sauce
- Splash of worcester sauce
- 1 tablespoon BBQ sauce
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
- Pepper (no salt is needed–there’s plenty from the soy sauce)
Place the chicken thighs in a gallon sized ziploc bag. Combine all marinade ingredients in a bowl, tasting it to check for seasoning. Once at desired flavor, add the marinade to the chicken. Seal the bag and refrigerate, allowing the chicken to marinade for as long as possible (2-3 hours minimum). John’s pro-tip: brush the extra marinade over the chicken as it’s grilling.