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
- 1/4 cup tequila
- 1/2 cup lime juice
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 1 teaspoon lime zest
- 1 jalapeno pepper
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 tablespoons cilantro
- 1 teaspoon cumin (toasted and ground)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 pound chicken breasts (boneless and skinless)
- Puree the tequila, lime juice, oil, lime zest, jalapeno, garlic, cilantro, cumin, salt and pepper in a food processor.
- Place both the chicken and the marinade in a freezer bag and marinate over night.
- Grill the chicken until cooked, about 5-7 minutes per side.
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Marc-André from TheFood.ca says
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 says
Wow, Kevin! That is some seriously good looking tequila-lime chicken. Fantastic recipe!
Tequila and lime definitely make up my favorite chicken marinade too.
Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) says
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 says
This sounds Way Yummy… I wanna try this out!
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Already bookmarked and will be grilled soon. Thanks for sharing.
Magic of Spice says
This looks wonderful…and yum with the cilantro 🙂
looks so tempting!
Just Cake girl says
Drinks and food all in one? I'm in :)) loving your blog!!
Fuat Gencal says
Ellerinize sağlık. Çok leziz görünüyor.
jose manuel says
Que buen aliño para unos filetes de pollo. Saludos
What an appetizing & grand flavoured chicken dish!
MMMMM,..tequila in food,..that's even better,..;!!!
Ana Powell says
Your dishes always look so fabulous.
Congratulations, awesome work ♥
I will totally be making burritos out of this! delicious.
Looks good Kevin. I'm going to make it tonight with jalapeno poppers
bellini valli says
Tequila and lime go hand in hand:D
The Urban Baker says
tequila makes the chicken so moist. such a good marinade. looks delish!
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!
The Bitch Stopped Cooking says
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 says
We Are Not Martha says
This is totally the perfect summery meal! It's simple but looks oh so flavorful!
This looks fabulous. I've never tried cooking with tequila, but it sounds like a great idea. Everything looks so fresh and summery!
The chicken looks great! Lime is a wonderful flavor.
You had me at tequila. (sad, isn't it?)
Great looking chicken Kevin.
Jess @ Bakericious says
the grilled chicken looks so delicious!
This looks excellent! I get so tired sometimes cooking chicken the same way – it is nice to have a totally different recipe like this.
here is so many inspirations!
have a nice time!
Lovely looking chicken dish – I will have to give this a try asap.
This would be perfect for a weekend get together. Only a margarita could make it better! 😉
Lovely! And the tequila makes a nice after dinner cocktail! 😉
Every time you surprise me. Love this Tequilla Lime Grilled chicken
Great blog! great recipes! I think I have to check this out often…
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!
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.
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 says
I want to try this one right now. It really looks so tempting! I can't wait!
Best Food Processor says
Wow! It looks so a yummy grill. BTW, I'll try this for pork, thanks.
Kevin FitzGerald says
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 for sharing! I linked your recipe from my blog, cant wait to try this one!
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 says
This dish has such a holiday feel to it! Sounds fantastic!
kitchen girl says
If one does not want to cook with alcohol, is there a substitute to use for the tequila ?
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.