The day I made this, I was craving something with Mexican flair. For some reason, tequila immediately came to mind. Without hesitation, I started searching for poultry recipes that included tequila. I came across several and altered them to my taste. There’s no recipe credit since it this is a mix of about 5 recipes but what I ended up with was truly enjoyable and definitely flavorful. I was actually surprised. A lot of times with these recipes, you hear these fancy-sounding, exotic recipe titles and then you eat it and you’re like “Uh….what happened? Where did I go wrong?”. This tequila-lime chicken lived up to its name. It was uber good!
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded to even 1/2-inch thickness
4 tbsp olive oil
4 tbsp tequila
2 limes (use both zest and juice)
1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/4 tsp ancho chili powder
1/4 tsp oregano
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tbsp honey
Now there are two ways to do the first step.
1. A. Combine all ingredients except chicken breasts in a 1 gallon freezer bag. Close the bag and squish marinade around to mix. Add chicken breasts and massage marinade into meat until evenly coated. Seal the bag and place it in a bowl in the refrigerator (the bowl protects against leakage); marinate for at least 6 hours or overnight.
1. B. (This is what I did) I threw everything except for chicken into the blender and blended to make this marinade. Then I put my chicken into a Ziploc bag with this marinade and let marinate for 4 hours.
2. You can either do your chicken in the oven or on the grill. I chose my grill. Spray the surface of your electric grill with a non stick spray and then place chicken breasts on the grill and spoon any remaining marinade from the bag over top. Grill, covered, for 4 minutes per side (turn only once). Serve immediately.
The inside of this super flavorful chicken…
It was so good that I went right back to my blender and made a pint of this marinade to keep in the fridge so next time I had the urge for some of this chicken, it’d be easy as 1, 2, 3.
I will warn though, that marinating in this green blended mixture will produce a slightly green chicken so you can follow 1. A in the Method for a more ordinary looking chicken which I’m sure will still have all the flavor. I didn’t mind the slight green-ness so I made more marinade.
Bye For Now….