Simple, quick, easy and incredibly tasty Tequila Lime Chicken is one of those recipes I make over and over again!
It’s no secret that I love Mexican food (and margaritas). But would you like to know why I love this recipe? Besides the fact that it is packed full of flavor (like a mariachi band in your mouth) and because it makes me feel like I’m always having a fiesta (in Cabo San Lucas)…
I love it because it is so versatile! You can use this tequila lime chicken for tacos, salads, fajitas, burritos, sandwiches, over rice & bean bowls, on top of nachos, you name it! One recipe, many different dinner (and lunch) options.
As a Chef and caterer in Los Angeles, I cannot even tell you how many times my clients requested this dish. Somehow, I never got tired of it! On the contrary, I always thought it was so simple to make that anyone could do it (in their sleep).
You put all the marinade ingredients in a Zip top bag (or you can use a bowl – just remember, you will have to wash it – I bet my bag idea sounds good right about now!) Add the chicken, marinate for as little as 15 minutes to overnight and then grill it, sauté it or even bake it!
Now, I have to share with you a
culinary lazy cook-busy mom secret, I make this recipe 2 ways depending on what I have handy and how I’m feeling about lime squeezing (I will post both ways in the recipe section). I am a big fan of Costco’s Kirkland Margarita Wine (hey don’t judge!) I find that for an incredibly reasonable price you get a ginormous bottle of margarita with the tequila already in it (not just a mix but the whole shenanigans – just pour over ice and enjoy!).
So usually that’s what I use to make the marinade. However, that is not how this dish started. My original recipe calls for tequila, lime juice and sugar. I just found the alternative more economical and a bit easier (hey shortcuts work, I have a husband and 2 kids – so 3 kids total!)
Shortcut or not, this recipe is a must have on anyone’s chicken repertoire! You can serve it hot, room temperature or cold.
- If your chicken is getting too charred (on the grill) but not cooked through (sometimes chicken breast halves are huge) you can always finish the cooking in a pre-heated 300 degrees F oven. Just place the chicken in an oven safe dish and cover it with foil to keep it moist. Bake it until cooked through.
- There are other margarita cocktails on the market you can also try if you don’t have access to Costco. Just make sure it is the one that contains tequila.
- If you don’t drink alcohol, keep in mind that the alcohol in the tequila burns off as you cook the chicken.
- Longer marinating times will produce more flavorful chicken!! If I’m in a rush I will do 15 minutes but the longer you keep the chicken happy in the marinade the better!
- I realized while writing this post that the actual name on the Kirkland’s bottle is Margarita “Wine”…. I always thought it was just margarita. Go figure!