Crispy Citrus Chicken Recipe – Diabetes Daily

This content originally appeared on ForGoodMeasure. Republished with permission.

This recipe came together purely by accident. I was planning a classic Cuban mojo marinade comprised of olive oil, garlic, jalapeño & plenty of citrus. Plans were thwarted upon discovering olive oil & garlic had disappeared from my pantry and had been replaced by an abundance of onions. I also had leftover shredded chicken that needed to be used. So, I improvised. I sent my daughters into the garden to find whatever citrus was within reach. They returned with a couple of lemons, a handful of limes, and three Valencia oranges. The marinade issue was solved. A wedge of butter added some fat, while cooking the onions into a deep brown burst of flavor. The shredded chicken added a perfect texture of crisp, and I opted out of the jalapeño keeping it simple with salt & pepper. Perfect inside a crisp lettuce cup or tortilla topped with sliced avocado & chopped cilantro, topping a fresh salad tossed with a citrus vinaigrette, or stand-alone with a generous side of guacamole.

Crispy Citrus Chicken

Calories 162 kcal per serving


  • ½
    fresh orange juice

  • cup
    fresh lemon juice

  • cup
    fresh lime juice
  • 4
    cooked chicken
    shredded *
  • 1
  • ½
    black pepper
  • 3
  • 2


  1. In a medium non-reactive bowl, add fruit juices, stirring to combine.

  2. Add chicken, salt & pepper, tossing to combine.

  3. Cover and refrigerate, marinating for at least an hour.

  4. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat.

  5. Add onions, cooking until deep brown & transparent around 10 minutes.

  6. Add chicken and juices, stirring to combine.

  7. Cook until chicken is crispy and brown. **

  8. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

* If I don’t have leftover chicken available, I will use a rotisserie chicken picked up from the market.

** Resist the urge to stir, you want the chicken mixture brown & crispy, although not burnt.

Nutrition Facts

Crispy Citrus Chicken

Amount Per Serving

Calories 162
Calories from Fat 99

% Daily Value*

Fat 11g17%

Cholesterol 42mg14%

Sodium 466mg20%

Carbohydrates 8g3%

Sugar 4g4%

Protein 7g14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Please note that the nutritional information may vary depending
on the specific brands of products used. We encourage everyone to check specific
product labels in calculating the exact nutritional information.

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Author: Mabel Freeman