Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Boozy Margarita Chicken with Marinade

With National Tequila Day right around the corner, and a new found appreciation for this amazing creation, I wanted to find a way to incorporate this fabulous spirit into a grilled dish.  That is when I thought of taking the flavors of the Classic Margarita and creating an unbelievable Grilled Margarita Chicken.

Classic Frozen Margarita

Sometimes you make the most amazing dish, you are absolutely certain that you should have made more, only to find out that your family didn't love it.  Then other times, you are not sure if its going to be a hit and you hold your breath as your husband says "This Grilled Margarita Chicken is ridiculously delicious!"  I have been replaying that in my head since I first heard it.  What a fantastic review. 

Truly the most flavorful chicken we have ever had.  The only one that comes close is the Rosemary Lemon Grilled Chicken which was amazing!  It was our favorite chicken recipe, until the Grilled Margarita Chicken came into our lives.  Now, they may have to share 1st place.

This chicken is unlike anything you have ever had before.  It is plump and juicy.  With the flavors of the margarita; tart lime, sweet orange and cuervo gold tequila, you know this is going to be good.  But, adding garlic, jalapeno and spices to this marinade takes it to a whole different level.  One that will make you stand up and shout out "This is ridiculously delicious".  Well you might not get quite that excited, but that still makes me grin.  Enjoy!

TSRI TIP:  For an extra special treat you can make a 2nd batch of the marinade.  In a small saucepan over high heat bring the marinade to a boil.  Stirring constantly boil for 2 minutes, reduce to simmer and cook until reduced by 1/3.  Serve over top of chicken for an extra flavor treat!

Simple Rosemary Lemon Grilled Chicken

Grilled Margarita Chicken with Marinade
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 2-3 hours.  Turn chicken occasionally.

Preheat grill to medium-high.  Place chicken on the counter to come to room temp.

Grill chicken about 4-5 minutes on each side.  Serve and enjoy.

Click here for a printable version of this recipe - The Slow Roasted  


  1. I've never thought to use tequila in a marinade. But I like the idea ... very much! You got yourself a spicy drunk chicken :)

    1. it's all in the flavor, the alcohol will burn off in cooking..

  2. I love Grilled Margarita Chicken and I really like your recipe! i am now following your blog through GFC. I have been following you on FB for awhile and enjoy reading your posts :) You are welcome to stop by my blog anytime!

  3. Wow, what a fantastic combination of flavors for grilled chicken, I'm always looking for something new and this might be on my menu in the near future!

  4. This sounds excellent and that is one heck of a recommendation. I might need to swing by your place and borrow a shot or two of tequila. :P

    1. I may have a shot or two. Making this again today. Chad really loves it.

  5. There is a thousand and 1 grill events lined up before summer is over, I am sure everyone will like this marinated chicken dish. I am craving just by looking at the pictures.

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  6. Now this looks amazing! I love the margarita version! Yum!

  7. This is one of the many reasons I love visiting. I get to learn about national tequila day.

  8. Tequila chicken is one of our family favorites. You do a lot of grilling so I was curious about what type of grill you use.

    1. Great flavors in that tequila. I use a NexGrill gas grill. I am working on the charcoal, but I am still learning. Someday I will get a smoker. That is the big dream. Gas, charcoal and a smoker. I may never use the stove again. : )

  9. Making this tonight!!

  10. I've been doing a version of this recipe for bout 10 years. This is one of the best chicken marinades EVER!!! I add Margarita mix too and bell peppers and onion then cook it fajita style.....YUMMY This is a winner winner chicken

  11. My husband and I, loved it! I can not wait to make some to my friends.

  12. This sounds so good! I'm pinning it and adding it to my summer list of things to make for dinner :)


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