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Amazing Tequila Chicken

Tequila lime chicken for the zesty taste of Mexico. You won'e believe the secret ingredient that makes this dish sing! 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Amy Greene


  • 1 lb Chicken Breast
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 12 oz of chunky salsa
  • 3 tbsp fresh cilantro
  • 1 tbsp tequila
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 teaspoon zest of one lime
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 cups cooked rice


  1. Cut chicken into ½ inch strips.
  2. In a skillet brown chicken in oil until a light brown, drain cooking liquid from skillet.
  3. In a bowl combine the salsa, cilantro, tequila, lime juice, lime peel, sugar, cinnamon, red pepper, and garlic powder. Pour over chicken in skillet. Bring back to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 10 min until chicken is thoroughly cooked. Serve over hot cooked rice.
  4. This is the actual recipe, but if you don’t have some of the ingredients that’s OK too. I didn't have cilantro last night and I wasn't going to run to the store just for cilantro, but it still tasted great. If you don’t have a lime you can always substitute a lemon. I never actually measure spices I just eyeball them. A dash here a palm full there. It tastes great. I usually use fresh garlic too when I can. For this recipe I used one clove and cooked it with the chicken. I also added one medium onion for extra flavor and an extra veggie when I cooked the chicken.