Citrus-glazed chicken


I saw this recipe over at Sweet & Crumby on a day I had chicken defrosting and no plans in store for it. The timing was perfect and so was her post. I made a few tweaks, adding fresh mint, because I have it in abundance. I also used limes, because I had quite a few of these. The recipe is one of her grandpa’s favorites and I understand why. It’s simple and sweet, but not overly so. Thanks, Geni. My adjustments are below, but please check out her site too. It’s well worth the visit.

Orange Glazed Baked Chicken

  • 4 chicken thighs
  • 1/3 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 2/3 cup plain bread crumbs
  • Zest from 3 oranges
  • Zest from 1 lime
  • 3 tbsp fresh mint chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
  • salt/green pepper


  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/8 cup honey
  • 2 tbsp fresh orange juice
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice

Mix zest, breadcrumbs, fresh herbs, salt and pepper in a large bowl. In another bowl mix orange juice and buttermilk. Skin thighs and season with salt and pepper. Let sit 15 minutes and grease a baking dish. Dunk chicken pieces into juice mixture then coat in breadcrumbs. Place in dish and repeat for remaining thighs. Place in oven set to 350 degrees and cook for 20 minutes. Meanwhile melt butter and whisk in juices and honey. Remove chicken from oven. Using a spoon coat each thigh with about 2-3 tbsp of glaze and return to the oven. Bake until browned, about 25 minutes more.

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48 Responses to Citrus-glazed chicken

  1. joshuafagans says:

    Like the idea of buttermilk mint, and citrus. I will definitely need to keep this in mind.

  2. ChefMom says:

    Darn! I could have used this one earlier. πŸ™‚ We have a recipe for chicken nuggets that we dip chicken in buttermilk mixed with Dijon. The kids love it. And I love that it’s not store bought nuggets. This glaze would be wonderful with it! Yum! Good thought to add some mint too.

  3. JamieAnne says:

    Yum! Looks great.

  4. Isn’t this recipe just delicious? I haven’t had a chance to try it yet but my mother has told me she’s had it and loved it. Now we just have to find the time to make this. Love Sweet & Crumbly blog

  5. Beautifully photographed.
    πŸ™‚ Mandy

  6. Mintastic indeed!
    I love the use of buttermilk and orange juice and that glaze is just mmmmmm
    and to top it off they are baked which is healthier and better..
    will definetly try this one soon

  7. Certainly sounds fantastic. Buttermilk!

  8. Yumm, these look great! πŸ˜€

  9. We donΒ΄t get buttermilk here, so am off to research what I could use to replace it. Looks delicious and your beans look lovely too!

    • Better Homes and Gardens suggests for each cup (8 oz or 236 ML) to place a tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar in a the measuring cup and add enough milk to make a cup of liquid. Let stand for 5 minutes. My wife’s parents do this all the time and she used to too.

      • Alli says:

        How sad is it that it wasn’t until recently that I even knew you could buy buttermilk? I always just thought it was vinegar and milk (feel free to laugh). I LOVE chicken and buttermilk, so I’ve definitely bookmarked this recipe for future use. πŸ™‚

      • I won’t laugh. My wife always did that trick. I only started buying buttermilk when I started baking lots of bread.

  10. Charles says:

    Same as chicaandaluza, can’t actually buy buttermilk here, but it’s the stuff left over when you shake up cream and make butter yourself, right? (Done that a few times – it’s a lot of fun!) This looks yummy!

  11. Thanks Geni is right! This looks incredibie! It looks fried but is baked and I love that!

  12. Colline says:

    This looks absolutely delicious!

  13. SimpleP says:

    Fantastic! This might be dinner one night this weekend.

  14. Linda says:

    What a interesting tweak to add mint! I bet that really made the flavor pop! I’ve been meaning to try Geni’s recipe too and now I have two versions to play with!

  15. Amy says:

    I’m always looking for new ideas of what to do with chicken. This sounds perfect for summer. I love the mint/lime combo πŸ™‚

  16. LOVE the twist you put on my recipe. The lime and mintage this a bit more exotic and definitely adds another and more complex layer of flavor. Thank you for trying the recipe and for the shout out. Glad it turned out for you. We will be leaving Kauai today (sniff, sniff) and I have certainly been inspired to bale and cook some tropical dishes.

  17. I absolutely love the idea of mixing fruit with dinner type dishes!
    I’m always looking for more recipes along these lines. Thanks!

  18. TasteFood says:

    This sounds great with the buttermilk and a crunchy crust.!

  19. Jenna says:

    My GOSH does this look good! I love citrus flavors, so I am 100% sure this would be a winner on my dinner table!

  20. Andrea says:

    This looks fantastic! How did I mis this over at Geni’s blog!?
    Great picture! Can’t wait to try it!

  21. Joyti says:

    Orange juice, buttermilk, and mint – what a unique recipe. I’m sure the flavor is very distinctive and delicious too.

  22. Kelly says:

    Citrus wins me over every time… I like the buttermilk too. This looks delicious Greg!

  23. This looks delicious! Definitely going to try it some time soon. Beautiful photography, by the way.

  24. eva626 says:

    that’s the mature and sophisticated version of my baby brother’s frozen chicken nuggets he used to eat as his afternoon lunch. YUM

  25. P. Graham says:

    Looks amazing! When I attempt “citrus” anything, it doesn’t come out so well. I’m excited to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing πŸ˜€

  26. Caroline says:

    All I can say is YUM. This sounds fantastic. Orange, honey, buttermilk, bread crumbs? I’m sold.

  27. banbamama says:

    This looks very manageable and quick to put together. I love anything zesty. Thanks. And here is that post for chocolate and cardamom mousse!

  28. MixedSoup says:

    This sounds great. I really enjoy finding new ways to mess with chicken – thanks!

  29. gisellecagli says:

    I love lime and mint!!!!!!!!!! Good recipe!!!

  30. Carolyn Chan says:

    I love how you adapted the recipe to what you had available ! Looks and sounds delicious πŸ™‚

  31. rsmacaalay says:

    I recently had seen this recipe in Geni’s blog, I agree it can easily be someones favourite though its fried it seems the flaovurs would be fresh.

  32. Lea Ann says:

    I think this sounds really really good. Will give it a try soon.

  33. This girl loves a good chicken recipe and this one looks better than good!

  34. Added this to my grocery list for the week- looks like the perfect weeknight meal! Thanks!

  35. Annie says:

    This recipe sounds wonderful with citrus! Looks like a keeper to me! Thanks for posting this.

  36. We love chicken and this looks like a great recipe to try. Thanks.

  37. ....RaeDi says:

    This looks delicious, one of my fav’s chicken and lemon mix, this is one I will try for sure….RaeDi

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