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tequila lime grilled chicken

Tequila Lime Chicken

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Inactive Time: 3 hours
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Total Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner


  • 4 bone-in chicken breasts (can sub boneless)
  • 1 cup tequila
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon cumin
  • 1/2 tablespoon paprika
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder (or 1 clove, chopped)
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper


  1. In a bowl combine the tequil, olive oil, cumin, paprika, garlic, cilantro, salt and pepper. Whisk virgously to emulsify. Once mixed pour into a large ziplock bag and add the chicken breasts. 
  2. Place the bag of chicken in a bowl (incase the bag springs a leak) and refrigerate the chicken for at least 3 hours or up to over night. Note – the longer you can brine the chicken the juicer it will be.
  3. Once ready to grill, pre-heat grill to medium-high heat. Remove the chicken from the brine, sprinkle both side with a little salt, pepper and paprika then place on the hot (and oiled grill grates). sear both sides then reduce heat to medium and cook until the internal temp reaches 155F. Remove from heat and allow to rest 10 minutes before slicing.

Keywords: chicken, lime, tequila, grilling, dinner, summer