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Tequila Lime Chicken

Tequila Lime Chicken is a quick and easy grilled chicken recipe everyone loves!  Chicken breast marinates in lime juice, tequila, cilantro and spices resulting in tender and juicy grilled chicken! 
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Mexican, Tex Mex
Keyword Grilled Chicken Breast, Tequila Lime Chicken
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Marinating Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 330kcal
Author Kathy McDaniel



  • ½ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ¼ cup tequila (I use silver)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ cup olive oil


  • 6 chicken breast halves, boneless and skinless
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • To prepare the marinade, combine the lime juice, tequila, sugar, chopped garlic, chopped cilantro, ground cumin, salt, pepper and olive oil in a zip top bag or  large bowl. Check the notes if using pre-made margarita.
  • Season the chicken with salt and pepper to taste. Add the chicken to the marinade.
  • Marinate for 15 minutes or overnight in the refrigerator.
  • Heat up a grill to medium high. Remove the chicken from the marinade and grill turning once for about 5-6 minutes per side or until cooked through.
  • Remove from the grill to a plate, cover with foil and let it rest for about 5 to 10 minutes. Serve


  • If using bottled Margarita with tequila, omit the first 3 ingredients.
  • Cook the chicken until it reaches an internal temperature of 160 to 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Allow the chicken to rest for 5 to 10 minutes before consuming. This resting period will increase the temperature by 5 to 10 degrees due to carryover cooking. 
  • The safe internal temperature for chicken is 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on the brands of ingredients used


Calories: 330kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 908mg | Potassium: 461mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 75IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg