Key West-Style Chicken Marinade

This Key West-Style Chicken is easy enough for a weeknight meal but is also perfect for entertaining, too. Cook it in a skillet, or throw it on the grill, the tropical flavors of the Conch Republic will have you dreaming of crystal blue waters, palm trees, and white sand beaches.

Key West Chicken Marinade

True story – my husband and I eloped on a boat in the Florida Keys, where we were married by the boat captain. There were manatees all around, the captain blew a conch shell during the ceremony, and the wedding music was courtesy of a Jimmy Buffet CD. Not your typical wedding, to be sure, but it was perfect for us. I grew up in the northern Appalachians, and we now live in the southern Appalachians, but I married a Florida guy, and as a result, spent a number of years living in South Florida. It took me some time to adjust to life on the coast, but now I totally consider it one of my adopted homes.

This chicken recipe brings me right back to the Florida Keys (have I mentioned the Keys are one of my favorite places in the world?) My husband and I have spent lots of time in the Keys, eating at lots of different restaurants. To me, Key West-style cooking is a fusion of different cuisines (particularly Caribbean.) In this easy recipe, the sour orange flavors of Cuban mojo, and the famous jerk flavors of Jamaica are combined to make a citrusy, sweet and spicy tropical marinade.

Key West Chicken Marinade

Use this to marinate chicken thighs or boneless, skinless chicken breasts – whatever your preference. You can cook the marinated chicken in a pan, or put it on the grill for even more flavor. One batch of this marinade is good for about 2 pounds of chicken, but go ahead and adjust it for whatever amount of chicken you are making. Because this recipe is so flavorful, I find it only needs to marinate for a few hours before cooking (marinate it for more than a few hours, and the citrus juices may change the texture of the chicken).

So go ahead and stream your favorite beach music while you prepare this, and I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family does!

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Key West-Style Chicken

Key West-Style Chicken

  • Author: My Homemade Roots
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  • 1 large orange
  • 1 lime
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 jalapeno, minced (for less heat, leave out the seeds)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • pinch of crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 pounds of chicken (any chicken pieces of choice)


  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a glass bowl, or a resealable plastic bag. Add chicken, and place in the refrigerator to marinate for 2-3 hours. When ready to cook, remove from the fridge and allow chicken to warm up for a few minutes. Cook chicken on the grill, saute on the stove top, or use your favorite method for cooking chicken.
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Key West Style Chicken Marinade

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