Be ready to be bowled over by the fresh citrus flavors in this wonderful recipe!!
You will get an extremely moist tender chicken from the citrus marinade and has an earthy flavor from the sage. This is an extremely easy recipe and the best part is that it can be made on a grill, or seared in a skillet or cast iron pan which I love cooking on, or toss it in together with some cut citrus fruits to bake it off in an oven. This time around I have grilled it in my favorite kitchen appliance - that is the Philips Airfryer. It grills all kinds of meats perfectly giving a lovely charred taste from the outside and keeping it tender and moist from the inside, locking in all the flavors. I even love to grill my vegetables in the Airfryer which are done to perfection in just no time. It took me some time and after a few trial and error I think I can now confidently say that I have mastered the timing on my Airfryer to grill my meat and veggies to the perfect temperature that I would like them to be.
If there are any leftovers, shred the chicken and use it in a wrap along with caramelized onions and grilled peppers.Its delicious. I always make an extra batch of the chicken and freeze it to use it for later to make wraps or grilled sandwiches.
You can use any cut of chicken you prefer- chicken thighs, breasts or drumsticks or all of them. I had boneless chicken lying in my freezer so that is what I have used for this recipe
The marinade is really simple to put together and is really quick and easy to make. Also you can double the citrus sage mixture and reserve half of it. Serve the reserved mixture as a sauce to spoon over the grilled chicken. If you have extra citrus peels and sage and are using a charcoal grill, toss them into the charcoal to flavor the smoke. I tossed a few inside the Airfryer and did have an distinct added citrusy flavor to the chicken.
Try it tonight and I can assure you it will soon become your favorite go-to recipe for a quick fix meal.
Recipe adapted from the book "Good Housekeeping's Grill it!"
Prep: 25 minutes plus marinating cooking time: 10-12 minutes
Makes 8 servings2 large oranges2 large lemons1/4 cup fresh sage2 tbsp olive oil2 tsp salt1 tsp coarsely ground black pepper7-8 pieces of boneless chickens breasts (you can also use a whole chicken cut into eighths)Grate 1 tbsp peel and squeeze 4 tbsp juice from oranges.Do the same with the lemons In a large bowl with a wire whisk or fork combine orange and lemon juice, zest, sage, oil, salt and pepper.Add chicken turning to coat.Cover and refrigerate for 2 hrs, turning chicken pieces 3-4 times.Preheat the Airfryer to 360F.Place the chicken pieces into the basket of the Airfryer.
Thinly slice an orange and place a few pieces on top of the chicken.Heat the chicken at 360F for 8 minutes.Open the Airfryer basket and turn the chicken pieces over.
Bump up the temperature of the Airfryer to 390F and cook further for 4-5 minutes till no longer pink from inside. You can also insert a meat thermometer to see that the internal temperature has reached 145 F.Rest the chicken for 4-5 minutes before serving.
Alternately you can also grill the chicken in an oven or a outdoor grill.
Place the chicken on a hot grill for 20 minutes. Turn chicken over and grill for 10-12 minutes more till juices run clear when chicken is pierced with tip of knife.
Try this citrus, sage and olive oil blend as a simple seasoning for veal chops or pork as well as for chicken.