Chipotle Citrus Marinated Pork Tenderloin

Pork tenderloin, marinated in orange juice, lemon juice, garlic, shallots, and chipotle chiles, then oven roasted.

Chipotle Citrus Pork Tenderloin
Elise Bauer

We picked this recipe up years ago in the Sacramento Bee, from an article about Bill Niman (formerly of Niman Ranch). They got the recipe from Gary Fuller of Laurier Cafe and Wine in Houston, Texas. The recipe cooks up quickly and is simply delicious.

Chipotle Citrus Pork Tenderloin
Elise Bauer

Chipotle Citrus Marinated Pork Tenderloin

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Marinating 20 mins
Total Time 60 mins
Servings 4 servings


  • 2 pork tenderloins, about 1 pound each, halved crosswise
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 6 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 2 dried chipotle chilies, crushed, or 1 Tbsp chipotle powder
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Prep and marinate tenderloins:

    Trim the tenderloins of any excess fat and silver skin. Set in a small nonreactive baking dish.

    Combine the orange juice, lemon juice, garlic, shallots and chipotle chilies in a small bowl and stir well.

    Pour over the tenderloins and let sit for 20 minutes at room temperature.

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  2. Preheat oven to 400°F
  3. Sear tenderloins on all sides:

    Heat the olive oil in a large, ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Remove the tenderloins from the marinade, reserving the marinade. Wipe the tenderloins dry with a paper towel and season with salt and pepper.

    Add to the skillet and cook, turning as needed, for 4 to 5 minutes, until evenly browned.

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    Transfer to the oven and roast for 10 to 12 minutes, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center reads 140-145°F.

    Remove skillet from oven and transfer the tenderloins to a plate and cover loosely with aluminum foil to keep warm. Remember that the skillet handle is still hot after you put the skillet on the stove top. Use oven mitts or cool off the handle with ice.

  4. Make sauce:

    Pour the marinade into the skillet and add the chicken stock. Bring to a boil over high heat and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until reduced and thickened. Pour through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl.

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  5. Cut tenderloins across the grain:

    into thin slices and arrange on a platter. Drizzle sauce over top and sprinkle with cilantro. Serve.


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