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A piece of Tequila Lime Chicken on a plate and slices cut

Tequila Lime Chicken

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes + marinating time
  • Yield: serves 12 1x
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: Dinner


This easy grilled chicken marinade is delicious and packed with flavor. Simple ingredients make this an easy weeknight dinner idea!


  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup gold tequila
  • juice of 4 limes
  • juice of 1 orange
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke flavoring
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • up to 4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed as desired


  1. In a large bowl whisk together the garlic, tequila, lime juice, orange juice, lemon juice, soy sauce, salt, pepper, chili powder, cayenne pepper, honey, liquid smoke, and olive oil.
  2. Place the trimmed chicken breasts in a large zip-top bag.
  3. Pour the marinade on top of the chicken in the bag. Seal bag and massage slightly to coat chicken evenly.
  4. Refrigerate for 4 hours.
  5. Preheat your grill to medium-high. Place the chicken on the grill and cook for 4-5 minutes on each side or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°F. Cook times will vary based on the size and thickness of the chicken breasts.
  6. Transfer chicken to a platter and cover with foil and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.


Store airtight in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Don’t allow the chicken to marinate for longer than 4 hours, as the amount of acid in the recipe will break down the chicken.


  • Serving Size: 1 chicken breast
  • Calories: 219
  • Sugar: 1.3 g
  • Sodium: 505.6 mg
  • Fat: 6.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 4.3 g
  • Protein: 34.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 110.3 mg

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