Tequila Lime Grilled Chicken

Tequila Lime Grilled Chicken

Tequila and lime chicken is super quick and easy way to cook up some chicken that is particularly nice in the summer when you can make it on the grill. One of the things that I really like about this recipe is that other than the tequila and the lime you can play around with the ingredients to change up the flavour profile. I often like to use chipotle chilies in adobo sauce for the source of heat or even a freshly ground chili pepper blend but in the summer with all of the fresh ingredients around it is hard to resist making it an all green sauce with jalapeños and a hit of cilantro. If you are in a hurry you can marinate the chicken for as little as a half an hour but over night is best. Another great thing about this tequila lime chicken is how versatile it is; you can use it in tacos, burritos, sandwiches and in the summer it goes great as a topping for salads to make a nice light meal.

Tequila Lime Grilled Chicken

(makes 2+ servings)
Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
1/4 cup tequila
1/2 cup lime juice
2 tablespoons oil
1 teaspoon lime zest
1 jalapeno pepper
2 cloves garlic
1 handfull cilantro
1 teaspoon cumin (toasted and ground)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 pound chicken breasts (boneless and skinless)

Directions:
1. Puree the tequila, lime juice, oil, lime zest, jalapeno, garlic, cilantro, cumin, salt and pepper in a food processor.
2. Place both the chicken and the marinade in a freezer bag and marinate over night.
3. Grill the chicken until cooked, about 5-7 minutes per side.

Use in:
Tequila Lime Grilled Chicken Club Sandwich with Guacamole and Roasted Jalapeno Mayo
Burrito Bowls

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Chipotle Grilled Chicken
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Cilantro and Lime Salmon
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Mojito Grilled Fish Tacos with Strawberry Salsa
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44 comments:

Marc-André from TheFood.ca said...

I would not have thought of tequila but it must be good. Makes me think of the grilled pork chops I ate again and again in Cuba, full of lime juice and a little bit of heat.

Check out Julie's mojito pork chops for a somewhat alternative with pork.

Lana @ Never Enough Thyme said...

Wow, Kevin! That is some seriously good looking tequila-lime chicken. Fantastic recipe!

Cara said...

Tequila and lime definitely make up my favorite chicken marinade too.

Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) said...

I love simple recipes like this that you can prepare the night before. It's so easy to have dinner on the table shortly after you get home from work!

My husband will love this recipe!

Mieshie Matsui said...

This sounds Way Yummy... I wanna try this out!

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My Kitchen in the Rockies said...

Already bookmarked and will be grilled soon. Thanks for sharing.

Magic of Spice said...

This looks wonderful...and yum with the cilantro :)

alison said...

looks so tempting!

Just Cake girl said...

Drinks and food all in one? I'm in :)) loving your blog!!

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jose manuel said...

Que buen aliño para unos filetes de pollo. Saludos

Sophie said...

What an appetizing & grand flavoured chicken dish!

MMMMM,..tequila in food,..that's even better,..;!!!

Ana Powell said...

Your dishes always look so fabulous.
Congratulations, awesome work ♥

Joanne said...

I will totally be making burritos out of this! delicious.

Spiralstyle said...

Looks good Kevin. I'm going to make it tonight with jalapeno poppers

bellini valli said...

Tequila and lime go hand in hand:D

The Urban Baker said...

tequila makes the chicken so moist. such a good marinade. looks delish!

Becca said...

Such a simple, but creative recipe - one of the things I've really been loving about your blog! I'm going to save this for the winter and throw it on my counter-top grill. I bet it will blow those winter blues away!

Becca

The Bitch Stopped Cooking said...

Thank you for posting this! I can't wait to try it. I feel like a lot of people are rejecting the waning days of summer, but this dish does not. Thanks!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Very mouthwatering!

Cheers,

Rosa

We Are Not Martha said...

This is totally the perfect summery meal! It's simple but looks oh so flavorful!

Sues

Carrie said...

This looks fabulous. I've never tried cooking with tequila, but it sounds like a great idea. Everything looks so fresh and summery!

Marjie said...

The chicken looks great! Lime is a wonderful flavor.

Mags said...

You had me at tequila. (sad, isn't it?)

Great looking chicken Kevin.

Jess @ Bakericious said...

the grilled chicken looks so delicious!

Liz said...

This looks excellent! I get so tired sometimes cooking chicken the same way - it is nice to have a totally different recipe like this.

Paula said...

here is so many inspirations!

have a nice time!
Paula

Jan said...

Lovely looking chicken dish - I will have to give this a try asap.

Megan said...

This would be perfect for a weekend get together. Only a margarita could make it better! ;)

Jessica said...

Lovely! And the tequila makes a nice after dinner cocktail! ;-)

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Radhika said...

Every time you surprise me. Love this Tequilla Lime Grilled chicken

Carlos said...

Great blog! great recipes! I think I have to check this out often...

pigpigscorner said...

Looks fantastic!

Chris said...

Tequila lime is a great marinade for grilled chicken and steak. And you nailed it, Kevin, this dish is adaptable for fajitas, quesadillas, or whatever. Nice job, dude!

Spiralstyle said...

I did make this for dinner as promised. It was so moist and VERY flavorful. Hubby and I loved it. AND I did make it with the pepper poppers like I mentioned I would. You can view my pepper popper post here.
http://spiralstyle.blogspot.com/2010/08/jalapeno-poppers.html

Thanks Kevin

Anonymous said...

I made this with your roasted red pepper and feta cheese rice. It was amazing! We ended up eating it again as a midnight snack after dinner. It was that good!!!

oak dining tables said...

I want to try this one right now. It really looks so tempting! I can't wait!

Best Food Processor said...

Wow! It looks so a yummy grill. BTW, I'll try this for pork, thanks.

Kevin FitzGerald said...

Kevin,
Just finished cooking and eating the Tequila Lime Grilled Chicken.....alll I can say is AWESOME!!! I've got a recipe for a corn and black bean dish that this chicken will go great with!!

Thanks

Kevin FitzGerald

Loni said...

Thanks for sharing! I linked your recipe from my blog, cant wait to try this one!

http://thesportsmanswife.blogspot.com/

Nic said...

I've been wanting to try this for ages and I finally got around to it. I used the chicken in a rice, mushroom and broccoli salad and posted it here: http://lemonandcheese.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/tequila-lime-grilled-chicken-rice-and.html. It was delicious!

Fern @ To Food With Love said...

This dish has such a holiday feel to it! Sounds fantastic!

kitchen girl said...

If one does not want to cook with alcohol, is there a substitute to use for the tequila ?

Kevin Lynch said...

kitchen girl: You can just omit it. This chicken is still amazing with just the cilantro and lime combo that is left without the tequila.

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