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Tequila Lime Grilled Chicken

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Tequila lime chicken has all of the flavor of your restaurant favorite and it stays so juicy and flavorful. Fire up the grill for Cinco de May or any day of the week!

Platter of grilled chicken drumsticks that were marinated in tequila lime mixture before being grilled.

Marinate your chicken in a flavorful mix of tequila and lime juice then grill it up for a tender and tasty meal. It is juicy and drenched in goodness.

I hope you are enjoying this week of recipes inspired by the flavors of Mexico. I just love all of tasty combinations!

Since we started off the week with a side dish, I thought we better do a main dish as well.

Of course I love just about anything wrapped in a tortilla, but I figured with all of the carbs in the Mexican street corn barley salad and enchilada pasta salad, I should probably take it easy on the entrée.

Besides, it’s grilling season and we better take advantage while the getting is good!

chicken drumsticks on charcoal grill.

So I decided to riff on one of my favorite Mexican inspired dinners, tequila lime chicken. In reality it’s probably quite a bit different than what I’ve had out, starting with the yogurt.

We just love how tender and juicy yogurt seems to make grilled chicken. In fact the lemon and yogurt marinated grilled chicken is one of our go to dinners. So I couldn’t help but to stir some in here too.

Otherwise it’s a lot of what you might expect. Of course there’s tequila and lime otherwise the name would just be awkward.

I also added some lemon to up the citrus punch and jalapeno to make it interesting.

platter of grilled tequila lime chicken drumsticks.

Of course we were licking our fingers between bites of this goodness! We tend to like to grill drumsticks or thighs as we find them more succulent, but of course it would be good on chicken breasts as well.

For a tasty way to finish off your meal, whip up some layered lime sherbet bars too. Now I’m dying to know what your favorite Mexican inspired dishes are!

platter of grilled tequila lime chicken drumsticks.

Tequila Lime Grilled Chicken

Servings: 14 Servings
Author: Carlee
This Tequila Lime Chicken has all of the flavor of your restaurant favorite and it stays so juicy and flavorful. Fire up the grill for Cinco de May or any day of the week!
5 from 8 ratings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 25 minutes

Equipment

Ingredients
 

  • ½ cup tequila
  • ½ cup lime juice
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ½ cup plain yogurt
  • 1 jalapeno diced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • pounds chicken pieces

Instructions
 

  • Mix together all of the marinade ingredients.
    ½ cup tequila, ½ cup lime juice, ¼ cup lemon juice, ½ cup plain yogurt, 1 jalapeno, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 2 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Pour marinade into a large zip top bag or container. Add chicken pieces and marinate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
    3½ pounds chicken pieces
  • Discard marinade and grill over indirect heat until the center reaches 165°F on an instant read thermometer.
  • Allow to rest for a few minutes and then serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 276kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 35gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 152mgSodium: 426mgSugar: 1g

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“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Val

Monday 4th of June 2018

These look delicious! I can't wait to try these soon!

Carlee

Sunday 24th of June 2018

Thank you!

Jan

Monday 4th of June 2018

Perfect for our Grilled Recipe Round up ! Thanks for sharing !

Carlee

Sunday 24th of June 2018

Thank you!

Jan

Monday 10th of July 2017

I am so glad you linked this up at Celebtate 365 Blog Party, it's 1/2 way through summer, and I need new inspiration!

Carlee

Thursday 13th of July 2017

Me too! I seem to hit a rut when the temperatures get this hot!

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Saturday 6th of May 2017

Time to buy some tequila!

Carlee

Sunday 7th of May 2017

Ole! That sounds like a heck of a plan!

Debbie

Friday 5th of May 2017

Hi Carlee, chicken marinaded in tequila? If that doesn't sound Mexican I don't what does! Unfortunately just the thought of tequila makes my stomach turn. The rest of the ingredients sound great though. I do fancy the lemon and yogurt marinaded chicken, off to check that out.

xx

Carlee

Sunday 7th of May 2017

I think tequila does that to a lot of people! I have never been a huge tequila drinker, but I do like it in this marinade and I enjoy about 4 margaritas a year. The lemon and yogurt chicken is still one of our favorites!