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Grilled Orange Chicken Thighs


  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 6 boneless skinless chicken thighs (about 1-1/2 pounds)
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning


  • 1. In a small saucepan, combine juice, sugars and salt; bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Cook, uncovered, 10-15 minutes or until mixture reaches a glaze consistency. Remove from heat; stir in mustard and orange zest.
  • 2. Sprinkle chicken with lemon pepper. On a lightly greased grill rack, grill chicken, covered, over medium heat 6-8 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 170°, brushing occasionally with some of the sauce during the last 5 minutes. Serve with remaining sauce.

Nutrition Facts

1 chicken thigh with about 1 tablespoon sauce: 277 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 76mg cholesterol, 256mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 0 fiber), 21g protein.


Average Rating: 4.8
  • Jujubee1762
    Feb 4, 2017

    This sauce was amazing! It would be great on pork and shrimp too. YUM!

  • justmbeth
    Sep 15, 2016

    We really enjoyed this. It took a few extra minutes for the sauce to reach glaze consistency but it turned out quite well.

  • spiceygas
    Jul 1, 2016

    The sauce is too thin. I simmered it for an hour, and finally just thickened with some powdered xanthum gum. After thickening, it was great.

    We put it over some chicken drumsticks cooked on the grill. A great summertime recipe.

  • browns19fan
    May 26, 2016

    My husband could not stop raving about this dish. I cooked the thighs in a skillet, adding the glaze at the end. Luckily I prepared the full glaze recipe. Since I only prepared enough thighs for the two of us and refrigerated the extra glaze, most of the prep will be done when I next serve this meal. I'm pretty certain he would be happy to have it again tomorrow!

    One tip: after dirtying a couple of extra utensils, I realized that the mustard would clump unless whisked into the hot liquid.

  • rllewis7
    Apr 7, 2016

    This recipe was a big hit! The glaze turned out perfectly and with the addition of the Dijon mustard, it wasn't too sweet. I would definitely make this again!

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