Orange Chicken Injection Marinade Recipe

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Updated 14/02/2024

A person using a cream whipper to marinate a chicken breast with herbs and lemon zest, with fresh thyme sprigs to the side

Don’t have time for lengthy marinades? Then give the iSi method for instant meat marination a try with a simple orange injection!

Unlock the secrets of quick and flavourful marination with our Orange Chicken Injection Marinade Recipe.

Gone are the days of waiting hours for your chicken to marinate. By embracing modern gastronomy techniques, you can achieve intense flavours and succulent textures in your poultry dishes in a fraction of the time.

This recipe combines the bright, citrusy notes of orange with exotic spices, offering a tantalizing twist on the classic marinated chicken.

Perfect for any main course, this method not only saves time but also enhances the culinary experience, ensuring every bite is infused with delectable aromas and tastes.

Equipment Needed

  • iSi gourmet whip 0.5 L
  • iSi Rapid infusion set
  • iSi Injector tips
  • iSi professional chargers

Ingredients for Orange Marinated Chicken

  • 1 g salt
  • 1 g pepper
  • 100 ml olive oil
  • 1 × vanilla bean(s)
  • 300 ml orange juice
  • 50 ml orange olive oil
  • 50 ml orange liqueur
  • 1 × star anise
  • 1 × cardamom pod
A wooden bowl of orange chicken over white rice, with two halves of an orange and a burlap cloth in the background.

How to Make Orange Marinated Chicken

  1. Flavour Infusion: Heat the orange juice in a saucepan with the vanilla bean (split and scraped), star anise, and cardamom pod. Simmer for about 20 minutes to infuse the flavours.
  2. Blend and Season: In a blender, combine the orange olive oil, regular olive oil, and orange liqueur. Puree until smooth, then season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Prepare the Whip: Strain the mixture into a 0.5 L iSi Gourmet Whip using the iSi Funnel & Sieve. Attach one iSi Cream Charger and shake vigorously to pressurize.
  4. Inject the Marinade: Using the iSi long 3mm Needle Tip, inject the marinade directly under the skin of the chicken pieces, ensuring even distribution for optimal flavour.

Serving Suggestions

  • Main Course Excellence: Serve the marinated chicken over a bed of fluffy white rice, garnished with fresh orange slices for a visually stunning and delicious meal.
  • Versatile Pairings: This chicken pairs wonderfully with roasted vegetables, a fresh green salad, or a tangy citrus-based salsa for added complexity.


Q: Can I use this injection marinade technique with other meats?
A: Yes, this technique is versatile and can be adapted for turkey, pork, or even beef to infuse deep flavors quickly.

Q: What if I don’t have an iSi gourmet whip?
A: While the iSi gourmet whip is ideal for this technique, you can marinate the chicken traditionally by soaking it in the marinade mixture, although the flavour infusion may not be as deep or quick.

Q: How can I ensure the marinade is evenly distributed?
A: Inject the marinade at different points under the skin, and gently massage the meat post-injection to spread the marinade more evenly.

Q: Is there a non-alcoholic substitute for the orange liqueur?
A: For a non-alcoholic version, increase the orange juice by 50ml and add a teaspoon of orange zest to maintain the citrus flavour without the alcohol.

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