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Skinny Citrus Chicken
I love using citrus fruits for marinating chicken. They create a light, fresh-tasting, absolutely delicious chicken. They also make the chicken extremely tender. I pan-seared the chicken for this recipe but you can grill or bake it. Be sure to check the cooking tips below. The skinny for each serving, 153 calories and 3 grams of fat.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Marinating Time: 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 22 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 152kcal


  • Cooking spray, I like olive oil spray
  • 4 chicken breasts, (4 ounces each) boneless, skinless
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce (for gluten-free, use Tamari sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika or paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil


  • Arrange chicken in a single layer in a shallow baking pan or bowl. In a small bowl, mix together orange juice, lemon juice, brown sugar, soy sauce, garlic, 1 teaspoon olive oil,  paprika, and red pepper flakes. Pour marinade over chicken and move around to coat well. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, turning once, to coat. Can be marinated overnight.
  • Coat a large nonstick pan with cooking spray. Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil.  Remove chicken from marinade and add to the pan. Don’t throw out marinade. Cover and cook chicken on each side for about 5 minutes.
  • While chicken is cooking, add marinade to a small saucepan. Simmer for about 10 minutes to cook and to thicken a bit.
  • When chicken is done, remove from pan and drizzle the cooked marinade over chicken. See cooking tips below to grill or bake this chicken.


Makes 4 servings, (each serving, 4 ounces chicken and some sauce)

Healthy Benefits

Orange juice is loaded with vitamin C. One 8 ounce glass supplies 100% of the daily value for vitamin C.
Just one squeeze of a lemon contains a whopping 45% of your daily recommended amount of vitamin C. Lemons also contain calcium, magnesium, and potassium.

Cooking Tips

To Grill: On a greased grill, cook chicken over hot coals 5 to 7 minutes on each side or until done. Brush frequently with marinade while cooking.
To Bake: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bake chicken in marinade for about 30 minutes.

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SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving (4 oz. chicken and some sauce)
152 calories, 3g fat, 1g sat. fat, 55mg chol, 24g protein, 9g carbs, 0g fiber, 146mg sodium, 6g sugar

Skinny Facts

Serving: 4ouncesCalories: 152kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 24gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 146mgSugar: 6gBlue Smart Points: 3Green Smart Points: 3Plus Points: 4