Tequila Grilled Chicken is so EASY with a marinade of Tequila, agave, orange and lime juice, a family favorite and perfect for Cinco de Mayo.
Tequila marinated chicken is one of my favorite, “go-to” dishes when I don’t want to spend much time in the kitchen. It’s a guaranteed meal that everyone will love. You can prepare the marinade in less than 10 minutes and then all you have to do is place it on the grill. The Tequila not only tenderizes the chicken, but it adds that great Tequila flavor. Perfect for Cinco de Mayo.
The chicken is great al by itself but recently we grilled some pineapple with it, drizzled a little queso on top and then wrapped it up in a soft tortilla. YUM! The marinade has a bit of agave to give it just a hint of sweetness and you’ll love the combination of orange and lime juice. I’ve been making this for years and it’s always a hit. I’m not a big Tequila drinker but I’ve found that using a higher quality Tequila, like Patron gives the chicken a better flavor. You’re only using a 1/4 cup so splurge a bit. For me one bottle will marinate a lot of chicken unless you decide to make Margaritas.
I generally don’t cook more than eight chicken thighs, but you’ll have enough marinade for a few more if you’ve got a big crowd. This freezes well and makes great leftovers.Print
Tequila Grilled Chicken
Tequila Grilled Chicken – so EASY with a marinade of Tequila, agave, orange and lime juice, a family favorite and perfect for Cinco de Mayo.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 15-20 minutes
- Total Time: -26153970.7667 minute
- Yield: 8-10 1x
- 1 ½ lb. boneless skinless chicken thighs, 8-10 thighs
- ¼ cup agave nectar
- ¼ cup tequila
- ¼ cup fresh squeezed orange juice
- 2 limes lime juice
- 2 cloves garlic cloves, minced
- ⅓ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1.Whisk together all of the marinade ingredients and pour into a plastic resealable bag. Add chicken thighs and marinate for at least an hour or overnight.
2.Grill over indirect heat for 15-20 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 175º. Remove, let rest, and slice into strips or serve whole.