Grilled Orange Tarragon Chicken for a light but totally flavorful dinner. 

Grilled Orange Tarragon Chicken for a light but totally flavorful dinner.

I love just throwing chicken on the bbq. It’s just so easy to me, although when you think about it, it’s really not that different to throw it in the oven. Oh, but wait, that smoky, delicious flavor just isn’t there in the oven. Unless of course you burned something, but then it’s just plain nasty. Often we grill with friends and sometimes we want to bring something other than burgers, but plain chicken just isn’t exciting so we need something better. Oh, sweet mercy. This is it! Grilled Orange Tarragon Chicken to the rescue!

Grilled Orange Tarragon Chicken for a light but totally flavorful dinner.

The citrus flavor with that fresh tarragon. YUM! I loooooove that you marinade the chicken, and not even for a long time, just a short little blip. I adore marinades, but let’s be honest, sometimes you haven’t planned that far out or even if you did you completely forget to get it going. This chicken still gets the benefits of a marinade, but then you add a little more sweet deliciousness by adding a sauce after it’s cooked. LOVE IT!!! The chicken is juicy, tender, flavorful and a little saucy. Everything I love. Thank you Cook’s Illustrated!!!

Grilled Orange Tarragon Chicken for a light but totally flavorful dinner.

Is Grilled Chicken Good For Losing Weight?

Chicken is always included in a healthy diet  because it is basically a lean meat, which means it doesn’t have much fat.

So, eating chicken regularly can actually help you lose weight in a healthy way.

Grilling is a healthier way to prepare chicken because there is no added fat, so the meat remains lean.

What is Tarragon?

Tarragon is an herb in the sunflower family.

It is used for both culinary and medicinal purposes.

Tarragon has a slightly bittersweet flavor and an aroma similar to anise.

It is used to flavor fish, meat, soups and stews, and is often used in tomato and egg dishes.

Grilled Orange Tarragon Chicken

Grilled Orange Tarragon Chicken

4.80 from 5 votes
Servings: 3 -4 breasts
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes


Grilled Orange Tarragon Chicken for a light but totally flavorful dinner. 


Recipe By: Cook’s Illustrated

  • 3-4 Chicken Breasts

For the Dressing

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon Orange Juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon Orange Zest
  • 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh Tarragon, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon Sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Pepper

For the Marinade

  • 1 Tablespoons Fresh Orange Juice
  • 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoons Sugar
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, medium, minced or pressed through a garlic press (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 2 Tablespoons Water
  • Vegetable Oil , for grill rack
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pepper


For the Dressing

  • Whisk together mustard, orange juice, orange zest, olive oil, tarragon, sugar, salt, and pepper in small bowl. Set aside.
    1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard, 1 Tablespoon Orange Juice, 1/4 teaspoon Orange Zest, 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil, 1 Tablespoon Fresh Tarragon, 1/4 teaspoon Sugar, 1/4 teaspoon Salt, 1/4 teaspoon Pepper

For the Marinade

  • Whisk together orange juice, remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil, remaining teaspoon sugar, garlic, water, salt and pepper in medium bowl.
    1 Tablespoons Fresh Orange Juice, 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil, 1 teaspoons Sugar, 1 ½ teaspoons Salt, 3 Garlic Cloves, 2 Tablespoons Water, 1/2 teaspoon Pepper
  • Place marinade and chicken in gallon-size zipper-lock bag and toss to coat;
    3-4 Chicken Breasts
  • Press out as much air as possible and seal bag.
  • Refrigerate 30 minutes, flipping bag after 15 minutes.
  • Turn all burners to high and heat with lid down until very hot, about 15 minutes.
  • Scrape grate clean with grill brush.
  • Dip wad of paper towels in oil; holding wad with tongs, wipe cooking grate.
    Vegetable Oil
  • Leave primary burner on high and turn off other burner(s).
  • Remove chicken from bag, allowing excess marinade to drip off.
  • Place chicken on cooler side of grill, smooth-side down, with thicker side facing lit burner.
  • Cover and cook until bottom of chicken just begins to develop light grill marks and is no longer translucent, 6 to 9 minutes.
  • Using tongs, flip chicken and rotate so that thinner side faces lit burner.
  • Cover and continue to cook until chicken is opaque and firm to touch and instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of chicken registers 140 degrees, 6 to 9 minutes longer.
  • Move chicken to hotter side of grill and cook, uncovered, until dark grill marks appear, 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Using tongs, flip chicken and cook until dark grill marks appear and instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of chicken registers 160 degrees, 2 to 3 minutes longer.
  • Transfer chicken to a cutting board, let rest, tented with foil, 5 minutes.
  • Slice each breast on bias into 1/4-inch-thick slices and transfer to individual plates.
  • Drizzle with reserved dressing and serve.


chicken will keep for 3-4 days in the refrigerator


Serving: 1gCalories: 873kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 113gFat: 42gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 25gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 337mgSodium: 827mgPotassium: 2062mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 282IUVitamin C: 14mgCalcium: 62mgIron: 3mg
Author: Sweet Basil
Course: Mom’s Best 100 Easy Chicken Recipes

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