Citrus Soaked Chicken Skewers

Citrus Soaked Chicken Skewers

These luscious chicken skewers can be grilled indoors or out any time of year. The combination of Limoneira® citrus tang with Asian seasonings loads in the flavor, while grilling adds a caramelized sheen. It’s an easy way to dress up everyday chicken for company.
Course Appetizers, Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine Asian



  • 3 pounds boneless chicken cut into cubes
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper


  • 1 large Limoneira® orange zest & juice
  • 1 Limoneira® lemon zest & juice
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons Shaoxing wine
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 scallion thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 inch ginger minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper


  • Place the chicken pieces in a shallow dish, and sprinkle with salt, white pepper and baking soda. Toss to cover, cover the dish and refrigerate while you make the marinade.
  • Add the orange & lemon juice and zest, maple syrup, chicken stock, wine, vinegar, hoisin sauce, and sesame oil to a small saucepan. Heat gently, stirring until the syrup has dissolved – do not bring to a boil.
  • In another saucepan, heat a neutral vegetable oil, and cook the scallion, garlic, ginger and red pepper flakes for about 5 minutes, until fragrant. You don’t want to brown it at this point.
  • Remove from the heat, and combine the contents of both saucepans, stirring to blend.
  • Uncover the chicken dish, and pour the marinade/sauce over the chicken pieces. Reserve some sauce for grilling.
  • Cover the chicken, and refrigerate at least two hours, and overnight if you wish.
  • When you’re ready to grill, and you are using wooden skewers, you will want to soak them in water for about 20 minutes to prevent burning.
  • Brush the grill lightly with oil and bring to a medium high flame. The best strategy is to cook on a higher grill shelf, or on the edges – i.e. indirectly and not right over the flame or burner.
  • Turn often as you cook, brushing with any leftover sauce.
  • Cook 7-10 minutes per side, until thoroughly done.
Keyword citrus, Lemons, Oranges
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