Grilled Spicy, Tangy Chicken

Grilled Spicy Tangy Chicken

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Looking for another way to spice up those boring chicken recipes? I’ve got one that I love. I’m not a vegetarian per se, cause I still love chicken, turkey and fish. One day I might switch over to 100% veggies, not sure when though! LOL! I still love a good bacon cheeseburger every now and then! Anyway, for this recipe, most of the ingredients you probably already have on hand or they’re easy to get.

Whether it’s summer, winter, spring or fall, grilling never goes out of style. Over the years, I’ve owned several kinds of grills and griddles. We live in a small apartment, so we can’t have an outdoor grill. I opt for the table top indoor grills and griddles. The taste of grilled poultry or veggies, even bananas is just out of this world!

I know the taste of an electric grill isn’t as tasty as gas, but it’s still really good! This recipe can work even with a small grill and you can adjust for how many people you’re serving or if you’re just making this for yourself.


  • Package of boneless, skinless chicken tenderloins (or thighs if you prefer dark meat)
  • 1 can frozen concentrated orange juice
  • 1 can frozen concentrated lime-aid
  • 1/2 jar chunky salsa
  • 1/4 cup Italian dressing
  • 1 large lime
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 or 2 fresh jalapeno peppers, chopped (optional)
  • 1 whole garlic, minced
  • 1 medium sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder (optional)
  • Lemon pepper and kosher salt


In a large bowl, mix orange juice, lime-aid, salsa, Italian dressing, vegetable oil, and fresh lime. After mixing well, add jalapeno, garlic, onion. Add the cumin, oregano, paprika, and chili powder. Stir the marinade ingredients together well.

Pour marinade over chicken before refrigerating overnight in sealed container. Dust with salt and pepper as desired. Turn several times before cooking chicken on grill. Grill for 45 minutes, basting chicken with sauce until it is thoroughly cooked through. Serve and enjoy. Add grilled corn on the cob to really make this meal stand out!

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Kim McDougal

Kim is the founder and creator of Growing Up in Grace. By day, she's the Director of Interactive Communications for the Hispanic chamber located in Jax, FL. Kim also owns "Kim's Studio Art" where she creates and sells Wall Art Printables and "Kim's Handcrafted Cards" on eBay where she creates and sells handmade greeting cards.