Thursday, July 1, 2010

Tequila Lime Chicken



I posted the chicken tequila burgers last month, so today I wanted to share the original dish with you, tequila lime chicken. The marinade packs a ton of flavor into the chicken. Limes are the key ingredient and the main flavor component…and the tequila only helps!  The chicken is delicious on its own, but after serving it to my family the main comment was how good it would be in fajitas and I couldn't agree more. Fix the chicken for fajitas, tacos, burritos...any dish that needs Mexican inspired flavor. The original recipe calls for the chicken to be placed in the marinade overnight, but I didn't put everything together until the morning of, which was still plenty of time for the marinade to work its magic!

Tequila Lime Chicken

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1/2 cup tequila

1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (from 5 to 6 limes)

1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (from 2 oranges)

1 tablespoon chili powder

1 jalapeno pepper, minced and seeded

1 tablespoon garlic, minced

2 teaspoons kosher salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped (optional)

6 boneless chicken breasts, skin on (I used skinless)

Combine the tequila, lime juice, orange juice, chili powder, jalapeno pepper, garlic, salt, pepper, and cilantro in a large bowl. Add the chicken breasts. Refrigerate overnight.

Heat a grill with coals and brush the rack with oil to prevent the chicken from sticking. Remove the chicken breasts from the marinade, sprinkle well with salt and pepper, and grill (skin-side down) for about 5 minutes, until nicely browned. Turn the chicken and cook for another 10 minutes, until just cooked through. Remove from the grill to a plate. Cover tightly and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Serve hot or at room temperature.

Source adapted from: Barefoot Contessa Family Style

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