Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Best Ever Grilled Margarita Chicken (With Video)


Best Ever Grilled Margarita Chicken has the fantastic flavor of tequila cooked into the chicken with subtle hints of sweetness from the agave and a little kick from the jalapeno. The gang is all here in this flavor profile.  Tequila, lime and orange all come together to create the best ever Margarita Chicken.  This is one recipe you have to try!

After nearly a year of enjoying some of our favorite grilled chicken recipes and trying several others, we decided we had to share this one with you again.  Truly in our top 2 favorite grilled chicken recipes.  Definitely the best margarita chicken ever.

I have tried the recipes that called for margarita mix. THIS.IS.THE.BEST.  The fantastic flavor of tequila cooked right into the chicken with subtle hints of sweetness from the agave, it is a recognizable touch and one that I recommend.  A little kick from the jalapeno.

The gang is all here in this flavor profile.  Tequila, lime and orange all come together to create the best ever Margarita Chicken.  This is one recipe you have to try!


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The Best Ever Grilled Margarita Chicken with Marinade
SERVES 6-8  |  ACTIVE TIME 15 Min  |  TOTAL TIME 3 Hours 45 Min

3-5 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast (washed and trimmed)
Zest of 1 lime (about 1 tablespoon)
Juice of 3 limes (about ½ cup)
Juice of 1 orange (about ¼ cup)
1 jalapeño pepper, minced (seeded and deveined to reduce heat)
5 cloves garlic, minced or grated
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander seed
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
2 ounces Cuervo Gold tequila
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

Place chicken in a resealable gallon size plastic bag.  Set aside.

Combine all ingredients, except chicken, in a small bowl or measuring cup.  Whisk to combine.  Pour the marinade over the chicken, seal and place in the refrigerator to marinate for 3-24 hours.  Turn chicken occasionally.

Preheat grill to medium-high.  Place chicken on the counter to take the chill off, about 30 minutes.

Grill chicken about 4-5 minutes on each side, turning half way to get great grill marks.  Serve and enjoy.

DONNA'S NOTES:  You can also cook this in the oven.  Preheat oven to 350 degree F.  Pour off 1/2 of marinade, add the chicken and remaining marinade to a 9x13 baking dish and bake for 45-60 minutes, until cooked through.

Recipe developed by Donna Elick - The Slow Roasted Italian
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  1. Wow. This is killer. It's only 9 am and I want this, bad!

  2. Yum! What a great grilled chicken recipe! Can't wait to fire up the grill for this one! Pinning! Thanks for all the great shares...love you on FB, now following you here and on Pinterest!

  3. HOLY CRAP how big was that jalapeno you used? Those rings are almost as big as the limes! I mean, the recipe sounds great but that chile is HUGE.

    1. Believe that jalapeño slice in the photos is a picturesque garnish, not a listed ingredient. The ingredient is minced or chopped. Eat or set aside the large slice according to you Scoville tolerance. :-)

  4. No agave listed in the recipe?

  5. Mmmmmm I am so going to try the Margarita Chicken. My mouth is salivating already. Your recipes are so fantastic. Thank you!! :)

    1. Thank you Terri. Enjoy and let us know how it goes.

  6. Have to have to have to try this! Chicken breasts are on sale at Kroger this week, and this will be one of the first recipes that I try with them next weekend. :)

  7. This is the best "natural" recipe - no margarita mix - I don't use mix for my margaritas and I certainly won't use it on my chicken. Thanks for sharing! I also used this for wings and they were fabulous too!

    1. Yay! That makes me so happy. We prefer margaritas from scratch too. I am so happy that you loved these and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the wing idea. I am going to give that a try! Thanks for stopping by.

  8. Can't wait to try this recipe! I don't want to purchase Tequila for 2oz. Is there a substitute that would taste close? Thank you so much!

    1. Just buy a tequila nip or two from the liquor store. Only around a dollar each.

  9. I have read from some blogs that chicken marinated in lime juice for more than an hour or 2 can be very chewy and soggy. Have you had any experiene with that? Thank you for your reply.

    1. I have not had that experience. I have marinated in citrus overnight with good results. I have also marinated and gotten that effect you are speaking of. This one has a nice balance with the other ingredients in the marinade. If you are concerned marinate for 2 hours and proceed with recipe. Enjoy and let us know how it goes.

  10. Waiting for a reply on substitute for tequila.

  11. You mention honey in the description; I don't see it mentioned in the list of ingredients

    1. I don't see honey mentioned at all for this recipe. Thy3e agave I am referring to is one of the flavors from the tequila. Hope that helps!

  12. Has anyone used done this in a crockpot? I am going to try it!

  13. Should you cover it if you cook it in the oven?

    1. I would cover and then remove the cover the last 10 minutes. Enjoy and let us know how it goes.


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