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Tequila Lime Chicken Recipe

Tequila Lime Chicken - amazing chicken marinated with tequila, lime and garlic. This tequila lime chicken recipe tastes better than restaurant's. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Tequila Lime Chicken
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Marinate Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 3 people
Calories 436 kcal



  • 1 1/2 lbs deboned chicken thighs, skin-on (click to learn how)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • lime wedges, for garnishing
  • chopped cilantro, for garnishing


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup tequila
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 3 dashes cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or more to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Rub the garlic onto the chicken meat. Give it a good rub all over the meat and the skin.

  2. Whisk all the Marinade ingredients together in a big bowl, mix well. Add the chicken into the Marinade, stir to coat well. Marinate for 15 minutes but best for 2 hours.

  3. Heat up a skillet and pan-fry the chicken with the skin-side down until slightly browned. Turn over and pan-fry the other side of the chicken until slightly browned.

  4. Transfer the skillet into oven and bake for 15 minutes or until the the skin nicely browned. Broil the chicken for 1 minute or until the skin is nicely charred (as pictured). Transfer the chicken and the juice that seeps out after baking to a serving platter, squirt some fresh lime juice and garnish with cilantro, serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

Make sure you use an oven-safe skillet or pan before baking the chicken in the oven. You may also grill the chicken. For the chicken, you can use boneless and skinless chicken breast/chicken thighs or bone-in chicken thighs.

Nutrition Facts
Tequila Lime Chicken Recipe
Amount Per Serving (3 people)
Calories 436 Calories from Fat 423
% Daily Value*
Fat 47g72%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 222mg74%
Sodium 564mg25%
Potassium 497mg14%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 37g74%
Vitamin A 595IU12%
Vitamin C 4.7mg6%
Calcium 24mg2%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.