Soy Sauce and Citrus Marinated Chicken

chicken which packs a citrus punch
Chicken which packs a citrus punch
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For the chicken
4 cloves Garlic crushed
1 (2 inch) piece Fresh ginger crushed
1 cup Grapefruit juice or mixed fresh citrus juice (such as sour orange, and/or lime)
½ cup Soy sauce
⅓ cup White vinegar distilled
¼ cup Sugar
1 (3 ½ - 4 lb) Chicken halved, backbone removed
Kosher Salt to taste
For the dipping sauce
1 stalk Lemongrass top third removed
2 Shallots halved
2 Scallions dark green tops removed
1 Red chili such as Fresno
4 cloves Garlic unpeeled
1 (1 inch) piece Fresh ginger peeled, very finely chopped
2 tbsp Fish sauce
2 tbsp Lime juice fresh
1 tbsp Sugar
1 Pomelo
To serve
sprigs Cilantro to taste

Nutritional information

  • For the chicken

  • For the dipping sauce

  • To serve

Soy Sauce and Citrus Marinated Chicken


This Soy Sauce and Citrus Marinated Chicken is fingerlicking good and packs a citrus punch from added pomelo. I love to cook with pomelo – it is a large citrus fruit which has a sweeter and milder flavor than grapefruit. That makes it perfect for the dipping sauce I make to accompany this marinated chicken. 

Start by halving the chickens and marinating them for a minimum of 12 hours in a garlic, ginger, citrus juice, soy sauce, vinegar, and sugar marinade. When you are ready to cook, roast the chicken in the oven and make a lemongrass based dipping sauce with pomelo chunks. Serve the chicken drizzled with sauce and sprinkled with cilantro.   

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So, how do you make Soy Sauce and Citrus Marinated Chicken?

Steps to make Soy Sauce and Citrus Marinated Chicken


Marinate chicken


Whisk together garlic, ginger, citrus juice, soy sauce, vinegar, and sugar in a medium sized bowl. Pour the marinade into a large resealable food bag. Place chicken halves in the bag and seal. Press out any air. Place in the refrigerator and chill for a minimum 12 hours or up to 2 days.


Heat the oven


Preheat the oven to 425 °F.


Season the chicken


Remove the chicken halves from the marinade. Pat the chicken pieces dry with a paper towel and season lightly with salt. Discard the bag with the marinade.




Place the chicken on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet. Roast in the oven until it turns a deep brown color and is cooked through. (approx 30–40 minutes).


Make lemongrass infusion


Lightly smash the lemongrass stalk with a rolling pin. Place the lemongrass n a small saucepan with ½ cup of water. Bring to a boil, then remove from the heat. Allow the lemongrass to sit in the water as it cools for about 8-10 minutes until it is fragrant. Strain the lemongrass infusion into a large measuring jug.


Toast shallots, scallions, chile, and garlic


Place shallots, scallions, chile, and garlic in a large skillet over medium high heat. Toast the ingredients for 8-10 minutes, tossing occasionally, until dark brown in certain areas. Leave to cool before removing the skins from garlic. Roughly chop the garlic with the shallots, scallions, and chile.


Make the dipping sauce


Mix the garlic, shallots, scallions, chile, and ginger with the lemongrass infusion. Add the fish sauce, lime juice, and sugar and mix well.


Prepare pomelo


Remove the peel and white pith from the pomelo using a sharp knife. Cut along the sides of the membranes to release segments into a medium bowl. Squeeze the juice from the membranes into the bowl. Discard membrane, pith and peel. Break the segments into large chunks and mix them into the dipping sauce.



Place the roasted chicken on a serving platter. Drizzle some of the dipping sauce over the meat and sprinkle with cilantro. Serve the remaining dipping sauce alongside.

This Soy Sauce and Citrus Marinated Chicken is a really tasty dish to make! Don’t forget to tag #cookmerecipes in your social photos if you make this one.

Bethany is very passionate about maintaining a healthy lifestyle and clean diet. She’s trying to cut meat out of her diet as much as possible and focuses on cooking vegetarian food and fish. Bethany gets a kick from finding ways to add new twists to classic dishes. What’s more, thanks to her Asian roots, she’s great at combining different cuisines to come up with something extraordinary. Bethany’s recipes will inspire you to add new colors and flavors to your everyday meals.

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Total Reviews: 21
Itzayana Xayasane

When I saw the time my eyes popped out of my head! Nearly three hours to cook this..tasted fantastic though!

Mollie Jutson

Heaven on Earth this was the best soy sauce citrus chicken I've ever had and MADE in my whole life dude.

Tinsley Mac

Great recipe will be making it again thanks for sharing.

Giana Saah

The smell of this lingering in the house made everyone hungry for seconds, not leftovers in the house lol.

Lindsay Caracoza

I used boneless chicken instead since my kids have a hard time not chewing the dang bones like dogs,LOL!

Adrienne Lauf

Thank you guys for serving us only the best recipes out there, this was great.

Gwen Mowatt

Brilliant dish, had it with some potatoes and it was really good, going to share it.

Tenley Vert

Made this, some cheesy garlic bread and had raspeberry cheesecake for desert along with some white wine, this is the finest wining and dining you can get in your own home.

Vivien Haman

This is such a mouth-watering recipe, I'm absolutely in love with it and recommend it to all the meatlovers out there.

Eisley Bismark

I had this wonderful soy sauce marinated chicken just yesterday and already craving it again, it was delicious.

Rivka Kollar

Kinda zesty and spicy at the same time,i loved it so much honestly.

Jaelynn Aldapa

Bookmarking this page for all the delicious recipes that i've seen on here, can't wait to find more like this.

Kelsie Wininger

Takes such an overwhelmingly long time to make this but I'm very happy with it nonetheless.

Corinne Gess

We had some extra dipping sauce left so we had it with some nachos and cheese :)

Akira Sarcona

Took this to work with me the next day [ the leftovers] and it was fine even cold!

Melinda Heeg

Skipped the whole fish sauce ordeal. Was great without it.

Lilianna Peila

Perfection served to you on a plate, this is one of those high class meals you can make yourself.

Ryann Cowen

I had no idea where to get lemongrass so I didn't buy that but i guess it wasn't needed since it was great on its own.

Joselyn Rappley

Wasn't too easy to make but it was totally worth it for the flavour.

Jakayla Delauney

Flavour is great but I think the ingridents are a bit pricey, atleast where I live.


Amazing! Thanks for sharing recipe!

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