Chicken with orange and basil gremolata

SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
3 hr 30 min
15 min
15 min
Infused with citrus, basil, and spices, this chicken is a flavorful addition to your warm-weather menus. With its bright and bold flavor, the gremolata is the star element of this grilled entrée and it gives the finished dish a fancy appearance even though it’s super simple to make. If you don’t want to fire up the grill, you can bake the chicken in a large shallow baking dish at 400°F for about 45 minutes. Using cinnamon sticks instead of ground cinnamon gives the chicken just a hint of spice. If you don’t have a cinnamon stick, you can substitute 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon.



1 large, navel variety, zested in strips

Fresh orange juice

1½ cup(s)

Fresh lemon juice

¼ cup(s)


½ cup(s), thinly sliced fresh


¼ cup(s), chopped fresh

Garlic clove(s)

2 small clove(s), finely minced

Cooking spray

1 spray(s)

Table salt

½ tsp

Cinnamon stick(s)

2 item(s), (1-inch pieces), broken in half

Cayenne pepper


Uncooked boneless skinless chicken thigh(s)

30 oz, 6 (5-ounce) thighs

Orange zest

1 tsp, grated


  1. 1 Combine orange zest strips and juice, lemon juice, 1/2 cup sliced basil, 1 garlic clove, the cinnamon, and cayenne in large zip-close plastic bag; add chicken. Squeeze out air and seal bag; turn to coat chicken. Refrigerate, turning bag occasionally, at least 3 hours or up to overnight.
  2. 2 Meanwhile, spray grill rack with nonstick spray. Preheat grill to medium or prepare medium fire.
  3. 3 Remove chicken from marinade; discard marinade. Sprinkle chicken with salt. Place chicken on grill rack and grill, turning often, until chicken is cooked through, about 15 minutes.
  4. 4 To make gremolata, stir together remaining 1 garlic clove, remaining 1/4 cup chopped basil, and the grated orange zest in small bowl. Transfer chicken to platter and sprinkle with gremolata.
  5. Serving size: 1 chicken thigh