Grilled Grapefruit Chicken


Grilled Grapefruit Chicken

I finally had another well earned day off and let me tell you, it was great!  It was so amazing to spend a leisurely day at home and in my garden doing absolutely nothing.  The house was quiet most of the day until the unthinkable occurred.  While assembling some fresh fruit smoothies for Bruce and I the other morning is when it happened…  Neither Bruce or I saw it coming.    Everything appeared normal and all looked fine as I dropped in some gorgeous bright strawberries, blueberries and bright orange mango chunks into one of my most cherished kitchen appliances.  As I secured the lid, the base of my blender appeared to be tightly fastened to the glass pitcher before I pushed the start button.  Within a matter of seconds, I shredded the motorized gears and destroyed the base unit, rendering my blender completely useless.

What completely “frosted my cookies” about the incident was that I received that blender as a gift from my mother many years ago.  I loved that blender.  It was a beautiful bright red KitchenAid and it was in perfect running condition before I destroyed it… And the smoothie ingredients?  Not salvageable either.  All went straight into the garbage can.

Well.  I have to tell you.  There is a bright side to the story.  I have a new blender.  My husband Bruce felt pity for me and within a few hours he brought me down to Macy’s to pick out a replacement to help dry my tears.  Before we left our home, I did my homework, and read the blender reviews on the internet prior to purchasing the new blender. First of all, I avoided purchasing a unit with a similar design.  I wanted something with a one piece construction rather than three.  I wanted a quality blender that was sturdy, with high wattage and really easy to clean.  Surprisingly, Bruce did not even bat an eye at the price.  We simply walked into the store, I pointed at what I wanted, he lifted the box off the shelf and pulled out his credit card from his wallet.  What a sweet man! Or rather, I should say, a very sweet intelligent man.   He really likes his smoothies.

While all the fuss was going on, I had placed some chicken thighs and legs in a tangy grapefruit marinade in the refrigerator for dinner later that day.  The marinade is a wonderful combination of flavors with fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, lime juice, garlic, Sazon Goya seasoning, cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper.  I marinated the chicken for a few hours before tossing on the grill.  My grilled grapefruit chicken is easy to make and has a wonderful Mexican inspired flavor.  Enjoy!  Tessa


Grapefruit Chicken on the grill…


  • 2 – 3 pounds chicken thighs and legs
  • 2 grapefruit (juiced)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 Tbs lime juice
  • 1 Tbs sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic paste
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (I used more)
  • 2 packets Sazon Goya seasoning (cilantro and anchiote blend)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Whisk together the grapefruit juice, olive oil, lime juice, sugar, garlic paste, cayenne pepper, Sazon Goya seasoning, salt and pepper.  Add the chicken pieces, cover with plastic wrap and marinade in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.  Turn chicken at least once.  Heat up your grill and place chicken on medium high heat.  Throw away the marinade.  Cook until juices run clear and the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 degrees.  Remove from grill, place on serving platter, garnish with cilantro and serve.  Makes about 4 servings.

15 thoughts on “Grilled Grapefruit Chicken

  1. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    You should make more smoothie for Bruce…he sure knows how to cheer you up.
    The chicken looks very succulent and I totally love the grapefruit marinade. Have a wonderful weekend, Tessa.

  2. Mad Dog

    Normally I like my grapefruit juiced and combined with Tequila and Triple Sec, but I could buy extra for this recipe ;-)

  3. skoraq cooks

    As people say: the end of something is usually the beginning of sth new and this is the story of your blender thanks to your lovely husband of course :-) And I have to admit that your recipe for grilled grapefruit chicken sounds really, really superdelicious :-) All the best Tessa :-)

  4. mjskit

    Don’t you just hate it when that happens? I remember making red chile sauce at my MIL’s in her blender. Not knowing that the bottom was loose, I picked up the container out of the base, and the bottom stayed in the blender. Red chile sauce preceded to pouring out all over her countertop and floor!!! I thought the poor woman was going to have a heart attack? Well, Bruce is definitely a sweetheart and deserves a big hug and lots of smoothies. :) Now for the chicken – I love it! I’ve never heard of grapefruit juice used in a marinade, orange juice – yes – but grapefruit – no. It sounds wonderful and the chicken looks awesome!!! Great post!

    1. Tessa

      No kidding! When I figured out that grapefruit juice tasted good with chicken, it’s now one of my favorite ways to prepare it. I look forward to trying more uses for the grapefruit. I’m now thinking shrimp :).

  5. Sissi

    I have never had or tasted grapefruit flavoured chicken. The marinade sounds tangy and slightly bitter; i.e. perfect refreshing summer meal. I must test your original tip one day. Thank you for this wonderful idea.
    I am sorry to hear your blender has been destroyed… I have always considered Kitchen Aid as one of the most reliable brands… I have never used it though (it’s horribly expensive in Europe at least). Luckily you already have a replacement!

    1. Tessa

      Thank you Sissi! I’ve never had it before until I made it myself. I had some grapefruit that needed to used so I thought I’d give it a shot… I’m glad that I did. It’s different and I love the flavor :).

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