Grilled Chicken Breasts with Grapefruit Glaze

Simply prepared yet special, these chicken breasts are grilled and basted with a bitter, tart, and sweet glaze.


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  • Servings: 4
KEY: Grilling/Barbecuing, Barbecue/Cookout, Fast, Dinner

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  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon grapefruit zest (from about 1/2 grapefruit)
  • 1/2 cup grapefruit juice (from 1 grapefruit)
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
  • 4 bone-in chicken breasts (about 2 1/4 pounds in all)

How to make this recipe

  1. Light the grill. In a small bowl, combine the garlic, grapefruit zest, grapefruit juice, oil, honey, salt, and pepper.
  2. Grill the chicken breasts over moderately high heat, brushing frequently with the glaze, for 8 minutes. Turn and cook, brushing with more glaze, until the chicken is just done, 10 to 12 minutes longer. Remove.
  3. In a small stainless-steel saucepan, bring the remaining glaze to a boil. Boil for about 1 minute, remove from the heat, and pour over the grilled chicken.


Variation Grilled Chicken Breasts with Citrus Glaze: Use a combination of citrus juices, such as orange, lemon, or lime, instead of all or part of the grapefruit juice.

Serve With

Since the chicken breasts don't have a lot of sauce, serve a juicy vegetable such as grilled or sauteed summer squash or zucchini alongside.

Suggested Pairing

The crisp acidity, effervescence, and moderate alcohol level of a brut Champagne from France or a sparkling wine from California will be perfect with the smokey taste here and with the high acidity of the grapefruit juice.

Photo © Karen Mordechai Published June 2014

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