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Tequila-Lime Chicken Grilled

This dish has quickly become a “fave” of the “fam” (kid-speak). Easy and healthy recipe; we have also made it with fish and beef. Equally delicious! Serve with polenta, and bean salsa.

Tequila-Lime Chicken Grilled


  • 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (use breast if you prefer)
  • 2 fresh whole limes, cut in half
  • ¼ cup tequila
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons garlic pepper
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 package premade garlic flavored polenta (from supermarket)
  • Unsalted butter
  • Fresh Corn and Black Bean Salsa (See recipe next page)
  • Freshly grated parmesan cheese for garnish



Day before, or as many hours before cooking as possible 

  1. Mix the lime juice, tequila, paprika, garlic pepper, plenty of salt, and black pepper. 
  2. Put the chicken in a glass bowl, and pour the mixture over. 
  3. Refrigerate

Next day

  1. Prepare a gas, electric, or charcoal grill. 
  2. Remove the chicken from the marinade and grill for 10-12 minutes, or until cooked throughout (you can also broil of pan-fry the chicken).Remove from heat, set aside, and keep warm.
  3. Slice the polenta into ¼ inch slices. In a skillet over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Fry the polenta slices for about 1 minute on each side, or until they are crispy, golden brown. Place the slices in a single layer, on a baking sheet in a warm oven until ready to serve.
  4. To serve, place chicken on each dinner plate. 
  5. Add the polenta slices and top them with salsa. 
  6. Sprinkle parmesan cheese over the top of dish. Serve immediately.

Photo by kimberlykv

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