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a bowl of cilantro lime rice topped with tequila lime chicken
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Tequila Lime Chicken With Cilantro Lime Rice

This delicious Tequila Lime Chicken with Cilantro Lime Rice is incredibly easy to put together and full of delicious Mexican flavor!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: cilantro lime rice, tequila lime chicken
Servings: 4
Calories: 321kcal


Tequila Lime Chicken

  • 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup tequila
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 jalapeno
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 3 chicken breasts boneless, skinless, cut in half lengthwise

Cilantro and Lime Rice

  • 1 cup long grain rice I used basmati
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric for nice yellow color
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • juice from half a lime
  • fresh cilantro sliced tomatoes, sliced jalapenos and lime slices for serving


Cilantro and Lime Rice

  • Heat the oil in a dutch oven and add onion and garlic. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes until onion is tender and translucent. Reduce heat to low and add the rice. Cook for about a minute stirring constantly making sure the rice doesn't burn.
  • Add cumin, salt, pepper, cayenne and turmeric, and then add the chicken broth and stir everything together. Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat to low. Cover, and simmer until the rice is done. Stir in lime juice and cilantro.

Tequila Lime Chicken

  • Slice the lime and squeeze the juice into a blender. Add tequila, olive oil, salt, garlic, jalapeno, and cilantro. Blend the mixture until totally combined.
  • Add the chicken to a large plastic bag and pour in the lime-tequila mixture. Seal the bag and marinate in the fridge for several hours or overnight.
  • Remove the chicken from the bag and grill it over medium-high heat, flip the chicken and continue grilling until chicken is cooked through, about 5 min per side. Slice the chicken and server over the cilantro and lime rice.
  • Top with diced tomatoes, jalapenos, cilantro and lime slices.


Calories: 321kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 428mg | Potassium: 507mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 159IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg