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Gluten-Free Grilled Citrus Honey Chicken

Gluten-Free Grilled Citrus Honey Chicken

If you have followed my blog for a bit, you may know that there is one thing I am very consistent about in the summertime.

We grill. A lot.

So that we do not get stuck in any grilling ruts, I try and change things up a bit. I play with marinades. I tinker with new meat cuts. And I ask my husband to put things on the grill that make him shake his head in bewilderment at me. Watermelon? He asks. Peaches? He questions.

But I know that he likes it. He loves when guests are over and claim such grilled meals to be delectable delights. After all, unlike the winter months, he gets to claim just a bit of that glory all for himself.

He is, of course, a self-proclaimed King of the Grill around here in the summer.

And even if I did prep, marinade, coddle, rub, and love that food before it ever entered his hands, he was the one who laid it on those hot grates. For that, I suppose I can let him take some of the credit. I am just generous like that.

One more thing. I am going to admit it here.

He is a darn good griller. He has an uncanny knack for pulling that meat off at precisely the right moment. Every single time. It is a skill that was completely inherited from his mother. She is the Queen of her outdoor cooking domain in her home. She has passed down her talents to her son. And I am ever so grateful…considering I am inherently barbeque-challenged.

This Grilled Chicken Recipe is one that makes it onto those grates often around here. It is so simple to throw together and has such a refreshing summer flavor. It pairs perfectly with my Gluten Free Grilled Asparagus with Balsamic Tomatoes or with my Grilled Veggie Packages (recipe to come). And I love that I can throw the marinade together early, let it sit through the day, prep some vegetables beforehand, and then just hand it all off to my hubby at dinnertime, and viola. Dinner. Done.

Gluten Free Soy Sauce

Gluten-Free Grilled Citrus Honey Chicken Thighs


  • 1 cup Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice (Can also use store-bought Orange Juice)
  • 2 Tbsp Gluten-Free Soy Sauce, such as Organic Tamari Gluten-Free Soy Sauce (For Soy-Free: Use Coconut Secrets Raw Coconut Aminos)
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh Local Honey
  • 1/2 tsp Minced Ginger
  • 1/2 tsp Crushed Garlic
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Roasted Red Chili Paste (optional)
  • 2 Scallions, roughly chopped
  • 1 1/2 lb Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs (Preferably Organic and Free-range)


1.  In medium bowl, create marinade. Whisk together: Orange Juice, Soy Sauce (or Soy-Free option), Honey, Ginger, Garlic, Sea Salt, Chili Paste, and Scallions.

2.  Place Chicken in a glass bowl or baking dish that just fits chicken pieces. Pour Marinade over chicken so all pieces are covered in marinade. Marinade at least 1 hour and up to 8 hours.

3.  Preheat Grill. Remove Chicken from Marinade. Season chicken on both sides generously with Sea Salt and Cracked Pepper.  Grill Chicken over medium-high heat for about 9 – 10 minutes per side.


What is the most unique thing you have thrown on the grill?

  1. On July 25, 2011 Sarena said

    My boys would be in heaven with this meal! I will definitely try this one out for them soon!

  2. On July 25, 2011 Hallie @ Daily Bites said

    I’m without an oven right now because of my kitchen remodel and am scrounging up all the grill recipes I can find. This one looks amazing! Hope to make it soon. 🙂

  3. On July 25, 2011 Heather Brandt said

    Thank you for this recipe & link to a soy free, gluten-free, vegan substitute for soy sauce! The only sub I’ve found is a recipe that only last a few days and that is not possible to keep on hand for recipes. checking now to make sure it is also free of mustard seed so we can try it as a family!

  4. On July 25, 2011 Alisa Fleming said

    This looks and sounds amazing Kim! I was just talking about doing a citrus-soy marinade for prawns. Love citrus grilled with shrimp too! I’m grill challenged too. Thank goodness for husbands 🙂

  5. On July 25, 2011 Tessa Simpson said

    This looks like a good variation to a similar recipe I use on my blog called “Vietnamese Grilled Chicken”, will defintely be trying this! Most unique thing I have grilled Either homemade pizza crusts or a tortilla sandwich brushed with peanut butter, sprinkled with chocolate chips and marshmallows, topped w/ sliced banana and grilled until all melted and gooey!!

  6. On July 25, 2011 InTolerantChef said

    At work we have to pass competencies on the industrial cooking equipment from time to time for OH&S, one thing I admitted I couldn’t do is light the heavy grill (I can cook on it !). When the boys teased me saying “you’re a chef, can’t you manage a BBQ?” I replied ” No, but I can manage a husband, he does all the grilling at home.” The boss laughed and signed me off anyway!
    Maybe I can get my husband to grill me this yummy chicken next time, yumm…

  7. On July 26, 2011 Carol, SGF said

    This chicken sounds wonderful. My hubby is the grill boss too, not fair that they get all the credit when we do all the chopping, marinating, etc but worth it since we don’t have to stand over the grill! 🙂

  8. On July 26, 2011 Shirley @ gfe said

    Oh, how scrumptious, Kim! And cute post, too. 🙂 Oh, how I wish Mr. GFE had inherited grilling magic from this parents. Sadly, I have to make sure he does not overcook stuff as he’s paranoid about undercooked meat. So at home, I’m always looking over his shoulder and saying “don’t you think you need to take that off now?”, but when camping, I just do all the grilling. That way he can fish, chat with neighbors, etc., right? 😉


  9. On July 26, 2011 Lexie said

    Sure DOES look like you have a grill master in the house! Does he have bow hunting skills? Which brings me back to that good old quote: “You know, like nunchuck skills, bow hunting skills, computer hacking skills… Girls only want boyfriends who have great skills.”

    he he!

    You two make a good culinary team!


  10. On July 27, 2011 Iris said

    Very cute post and delicious looking meal! We don’t have a gluten-free grill around here…actually we don’t have one at all as it got left outside and rusted…but I do have a boyfriend who’s now eating gluten-free for me, so maybe someday I’ll have a grill too?

  11. On August 5, 2011 Candace said

    I am always looking for something new to do with chicken on the grill as we eat a whole lot of it. This is a great flavor combination that I will be trying really soon. Thanks so much! I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

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