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Spicy Tequila Lime Chicken

Happy Cinco de Mayo eve!

I’m feeling a lot better (finally!) and super excited to share with you this easy and delicious chicken marinade recipe that’s just perfect for tomorrow’s festivities. If you’re like me, you’re always looking for new marinade recipes because, well, chicken on it’s own can be kinda boring. And no one wants boring chicken! Yuck. Well marinade lovers, this one’s for you.

This recipe is also for you if you were just looking for an excuse to hit the bottle a liiiiiiiiittle bit early.

Allow me to be the cool, calm and collected voice of reason.

The voice that is telling you to go get your tequila bottle, make this marinade and then have a margarita. I mean, the ingredients are already out! It must be done.

Actually, you should probably make a margarita first….then make this marinade. You wouldn’t want raw chicken hands near your cocktail (I told you I was the voice of reason).

If you are under 21, please disregard this message and don’t tell your mother on me.

You can grill this chicken outside or use your handy dandy grill pan like me. The finished product is perfect on it’s own with a side of black beans, sliced avocado and Mexican rice OR thinly sliced and stuffed into your choice of a Mexican delight. Tacos…fajitas…burritos….get crazy!

The step-by-step recipe is over on The Tasty Kitchen Blog (with a big thanks to Kimberly for providing the original recipe!).

As always, please marinade responsibly.

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  • Mary
    May 4, 2012 at 4:16 am

    Cinco might just be my most favorite non-holiday, holiday. And, on a Saturday…major score. I was thinking of making your cilantro lime flank steak (which is to die for), but maybe we’ll give this a go! Thank you!!

  • Molly @ RDexposed
    May 4, 2012 at 4:25 am

    I’m impressed when college graduates can still drink tequila. Maybe it’s just because it was ruined for me all in 1 night?

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    May 4, 2012 at 4:37 am

    Oooh yum this sounds delicious! I rarely go to Mexican restaurants but LOVE homemade Mexican food.. especially when tequila is involved. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    May 4, 2012 at 4:38 am

    Mmm….I love lime anything, really. This is definitely up my alley. Gorgeous photos as always Jenna!

  • Luv What You Do
    May 4, 2012 at 4:38 am

    That looks like it would be perfect for our Memrial Day Fiesta BBQ. I’ll see who I can convince to do a shot with me ; )

  • Leslie
    May 4, 2012 at 4:44 am

    Wow, for someone so seemingly healthy, you get sick a LOT.

    • Sharon
      May 4, 2012 at 7:45 am

      What an idiotic thing to say. I personally am VERY healthy and have had 3 sinus infections so far this year-if you have allergies and live in Sonoma county, unfortunately the two often go hand in hand. Its been a particularly bad year for sinus infections, per my physician.

      • Leslie
        May 4, 2012 at 2:41 pm

        Gosh, that was mean. I was being sympathetic, not idiotic – as in it sucks to do all the right things and still get sick. Geez louise

        • Sharon
          May 4, 2012 at 3:26 pm

          Sorry sometimes tone is hard to read in a comment. The tone seemed a bit snipey. It didn’t seem like a sympathetic comment, rather an “if you claim to be so healthy why are you constantly sick” comment. If that’s not what you intended, my apologies.

  • Rachel Cooks (formerly Not Rachael Ray)
    May 4, 2012 at 4:52 am

    Headed over there! This looks great!

  • Annie @ What's Annie Making?
    May 4, 2012 at 4:52 am

    This looks delicious! Perfect for cinch de mayo, or just a regular summer bbq. Thanks for the recipe!!!

  • Jenn
    May 4, 2012 at 5:03 am

    Glad you’re feeling better!

  • Margarita
    May 4, 2012 at 5:47 am

    I just looked at the recipe and am so thrilled that’s it’s easy. Last night we went to the liquor store close to our apartment and found out that they were closing and we got really good deals for tequilas! We got two bottles! So, I can totally make this chicken happen!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape
    May 4, 2012 at 5:47 am

    What a wonderful recipe!! Love it!

  • katie @KatieDid
    May 4, 2012 at 5:58 am

    ahhh right up my flavor alley, love the sound of this so much. Very creative and perfect for the holiay.

  • Cait's Plate
    May 4, 2012 at 6:26 am

    Looks delicious. I’ve been looking forward to Cinco de Mayo since March!!

  • Melissa @ SquatsandSquash
    May 4, 2012 at 6:46 am

    yummm!! i love all of these cinco de mayo recipes popping up! this one is simple and looks delicious

  • Bev Weidner
    May 4, 2012 at 7:02 am

    SIGN. ME. UP.

  • Kristina
    May 4, 2012 at 7:37 am

    haha so does that mean no one will judge me if I have my margarita at like 10 am..?? This chicken marinade sounds awesome! So perfect for Cinco de Mayo, I love spicy chicken!

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks
    May 4, 2012 at 8:01 am

    Tequilla makes everything better. Have a great holiday ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kimberly @ Eats, Sweets, Treats
    May 4, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Be warned, this marinade is SUPER spicy! But also super delicious! Thanks again Jenna for highlighting my recipe!

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  • Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles
    May 4, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Yum! And Happy Cinco de Mayo Eve to you as well! Such a fabulous holiday!

  • Laura @ She Eats Well
    May 4, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Happy Cinco de Maya Eve! You are right…chicken on its own can be boring. Thanks for providing this recipe to spice things up, literally!

  • Claire
    May 4, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Can you taste the alcohol in this or does it cook off?

    • jenna
      May 4, 2012 at 11:20 am

      It cooks off!

  • Healthy Living Val
    May 4, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Perfect justification for buying a whole bottle of tequila. Adding the triple sec to sweeten it up and give it more acidity is a great idea.

  • Shannon
    May 4, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Glad you are feeling better. I just finished law school. I think both call for margaritas!!

  • Angela @ Happy Fit Mama
    May 4, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    I’m saving this for the day after Cinco de Mayo. I’m running a half marathon on Sunday so I don’t want to gorge on margaritas the day before. However, this is perfect for celebrating a great race!

  • Kristen @ notsodomesticated
    May 4, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Love tequila and love margaritas … this sounds awesome!

  • Sam @ Fit for My Fork
    May 4, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    I love tequila. Why don’t they celebrate Cinco de Mayo in England eh? This chicken looks fantastic.

  • Angela
    May 4, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    So glad I’m not the only one celebrating Cinco de Mayo Eve ๐Ÿ™‚ YES!

  • Carryn
    May 6, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    I just used this marinade today for a little post-cinco de mayo bbq (i.e. recovering from cinco de mayo and wanted something easy and delicious). This was so tasty! Thanks for sharing; I will definitely be making again!!

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