Tequila Lime Chicken Recipe:
Yields: 6 servings
Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 25 min
6 large chicken breasts, deboned and skin removed
1/4 cup gold tequila liquor
lime juice (bottled is fine, as long as it is pure juice)
onion, diced finely
garlic, finely minced
chile pepper, seeded, deveined, and minced
1 teaspoon liquid smoke (preferably mesquite, but others will work)
2 tablespoons firmly-packed brown sugar
Spicy sauce (see recipe below)
Crushed tortilla chips, about 1 cup
1 cup of grated cheese, Colby, mild Cheddar, Monterrey or a mixture of your
In a large bowl, mix together tequila, lime juice, onions, garlic, chile pepper, liquid
smoke, and brown sugar. Make sure the brown sugar is
dissolved and all the other ingredient are distributed well. Pour the mixture into a heavy-duty zip lock bag and add the chicken breasts. Zip up the
bag and “slosh” the mixture to cover the chicken entirely. Place this in the
refrigerator to marinate for a minimum of 4 hours, preferable overnight.
After the mixture has marinated sufficiently, light your
Barbecue grill. It really doesn’t matter if you use a gas grill or coals, or even grill these indoors under the broiler
or on a hibachi. The fire should be about medium flame, or the coals should be red hot.
Place the marinated chicken breast on the grill and
cook approximately 25 minutes or until a
meat thermometer registers an
internal temperature of 165°F (juices will run clear when cut with the tip of a knife). Do not close the lid on the barbecue.
Turn the breast frequently to keep from charring. If you are using coals to grill with, make sure
that you have not placed the breast over a hot spot that causes the outside of the chicken to overcook and leaves the insides pink. Cooking too long will cause
the meat to be rubbery; cooking to short of a time will leave the center underdone and pink.
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Once you have reached doneness, move the chicken breasts to a warming area of your
grill. If you do not have a warming rack on your grill, place it off to the side where there is not enough heat to cook
the chicken further, but enough to keep it warm.
To serve, spoon enough of the Spicy Sauce mixture over the chicken to cover the top. Sprinkle with the
crumbled chips and then the grated cheese. Carefully move the chicken breast
back to a warmer part of the grill and allow the cheese to melt before serving.
Makes approximately 6 servings.
If made properly, this recipe yields a slow heat sauce. At first you might not
think it has any heat, but be prepared for at least a little spice to hit your
palate slowly. This sauce also makes a great dip with chips.
1/2 cup mayonnaise (low fat is ok to use, but not fat free)
1/2 cup sour cream (low fat is ok to use, but not fat free)
1 teaspoon milk
3 tablespoons minced onion
2 cloves of
1 large jalapeņo
chile pepper seeded, deveined, and minced
3 tablespoons minced red bell pepper
2 tablespoons salsa, commercial jarred salsa of your choice
1 teaspoon of chile powder
1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon of paprika
1/2 teaspoon dried dillweed, crushed to release oils
1/2 teaspoon Mexican Oregano, crushed to release oils
small cup of a food processor or blender, mix the mayonnaise, sour cream, milk,
onion, and garlic. Blend until combined and the onion and garlic is finely
chopped. Add the jalapeņo chile pepper and red bell pepper; pulse 4 to 5 times
to chop and incorporate these into the mixture. Add the salsa, chile
powder, cayenne pepper, paprika, dillweed, and oregano; pulse 2 or 3 times, just
enough to mix these in.
mixture in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes, or while the chicken cooks
on the grill. It will be ready to use after allowing to set long enough for the
flavors to begin to blend.