Tequila Grilled Chicken is so EASY with a marinade of tequila, agave, orange and lime juice, it will be a family favorite. A healthy dinner that’s perfect for Cinco de Mayo or a backyard cook-out.
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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 meal that everyone is guaranteed to love and even easier than queso chicken which is a blog favorite. For tequila grilled chicken, 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.
How do you make tequila grilled chicken
This recipe is so quick and easy you can make it for any weeknight meal.
Step 1: Combine the marinade and pour it into a resealable bag along with the chicken. Let it marinate for at least an hour or overnight.
Step 2: Place on indirect heat and cook for 15-20 minutes.
The chicken is great all 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 ¼ cup so splurge a bit. For me one bottle will marinate a lot of chicken unless you decide to make margaritas.
Not sure how much meat you will need per person, I’ve created a planning guide so that no one goes hungry!
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.
If you find yourself cooking with chicken a lot and want to know for sure that your chicken is cooked thoroughly, head to my informational page on ways to make sure your chicken is cooked all the way but still remains juicy and delicious.
What should you serve with grilled chicken
- Queso dip
- Cucumber salad
- Mac & Cheese
- Corn and Blueberry Salad
- Mashed potatoes
- Grilled peaches
- Squash casserole
- Chocolate brownies
- Strawberry cobbler
- Chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting
- Peach crumble
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Tequila Grilled Chicken
- 1 ½ lb. boneless skinless chicken thighs 8-10 thighs
- ¼ cup agave nectar
- ¼ cup tequila
- ¼ cup fresh squeezed orange juice
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 2 cloves garlic cloves minced
- ⅓ cup fresh cilantro chopped
- 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.
- Remove chicken from marinade and 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.