Grilled Tequila Lime Chicken with Fresh Fruit Summer Salsa

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Fire up the bbq for this Grilled Tequila Lime Chicken with Fresh Fruit Summer Salsa! A simple, easy, and delicious dinner that screams summer.

If you missed the Fresh Fruit Summer Salsa from the last post, here it is again as a refreshing topper for this tender, juicy grilled chicken. The combined flavors strike the perfect balance of sweet and smoky with just a hint of heat. It’s gluten free, can be prepped ahead, and served warm or at room temperature if you want to pack up for a hike or picnic.

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Grilled Tequila Lime Chicken

The marinade is much more than just tequila and lime, but you never really want an ingredient list as a post title. Orange juice lends a sweeter citrusy note to complement the more sour lime juice. Fresh cilantro, minced jalapeño, chili powder, paprika and cumin also make their mark in permeating flavor into the meat.

Marinade with jalapeno and spices

Try to let the chicken marinate at least two hours if you can, or even overnight. It’s a good idea to let the chicken, and any meat for that matter, to come to room temp before putting it on the fire for more even cooking.

Marinating in ziploc bag

As luck would have it, a dark stormy sky encroached just as I headed out the patio door to start the grill. Plan b meant pulling out my Lodge cast iron reversible griddle. Love having this as a backup to the grill. Once it’s on the induction’s double burner, it’s smoking hot in no time. It’s a gem on gas ranges as well.

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The chicken cooked perfectly under tented foil, and the smoke alarm surprisingly didn’t make a peep. Colby was the most relieved. Poor pup heads for the hills whenever I set that thing off. If I use the broiler for anything, it’s pretty much a given. Are doggy ear muffs a thing?? Lmk! 🙂

Hope you enjoy, and here’s to making the most of summer! xo, Kim

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Recipe
Grilled Tequila Lime Chicken w/ Fresh Fruit Summer Salsa - Give it Some Thyme
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Grilled Tequila Lime Chicken with Fresh Fruit Summer Salsa

Marinated chicken breasts grilled to perfection are tender, juicy and full of smoky flavor then topped with a sweet and spicy fruit salsa.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Gluten Free
Keyword barbecued chicken, fruitsalsa, grilled chicken, marinated chicken
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Marinating Time 2 hours
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Kim Peterson

Ingredients

Chicken

  • ½ cup fresh lime juice
  • cup tequila
  • cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded, ribs removed and minced
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Salsa

  • 1 cup mango,diced
  • 1 cup pineapple, diced
  • ½ cup kiwi, diced
  • ½ cup strawberries, diced
  • ½ cup red onion, diced
  • ½ cup cucumber, diced, peeled and seeded
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, minced, seeds and ribs removed (optional)
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Zest and juice of 1 large lime

Instructions

Chicken

  • Combine first 10 ingredients in a medium bowl. Place chicken breasts in a gallon size re-sealable plastic bag. Pour marinade over the chicken, get as much air out of the bag as possible and seal.
  • Chill in the refrigerator at least 2 hours or overnight. Let chicken come to room temperature before grilling.
  • Prepare barbeque over medium heat. Make sure grates are clean and brush with oil. 
  • Grill chicken until cooked through, 6-8 minutes per side. Transfer to platter, top with salsa, and garnish with extra lime wedges and cilantro, if desired.

Salsa

  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Refrigerate one hour before serving so flavors mingle.

*Recipe adapted from Bon Appétit, August 2000

2 Comments

  1. I love incorporating alcohol in my cooking, but I don’t think I’ve ever used it for a marinade. Tequila combined with orange juice, cilantro, and all these spices sound great. Looks like the chicken turned out beautiful, tender and succulent. Love the salsa too!

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