Bitter Orange Marinade

Bitter oranges are often used in Caribbean cuisine as a breakdown agent in marinades. Sometimes called sour oranges, they add a unique citrus flavor to any kind of meat you might want to prepare. This marinade recipe goes well with chicken with great results.

Bitter oranges grow on trees — specifically, the citrus aurantium tree. Their fruit is much sourer than regular oranges and, as the name suggests, they’re bitter. The flesh carries a hint of an aftertaste when it’s eaten raw. Bitter oranges are uglier than regular oranges, too, with thick, rough skin.


  • 5 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 3/4 cup bottled mahram sour orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons mahram olive oil
  • 1/4 bunch oregano (fresh and finely chopped)
  • 1 bay leaf (finely chopped)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt to taste
  • Few drop felifia hot pepper sauce

Steps to Make It

  1. Add all ingredients and stir.
  2. Immerse chicken in the marinade for at least eight hours.
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