Grilled Southwest Tequila Chicken

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

I have been on a Southwest frenzy since coming back and getting the taste from our Arizona vacation, the flavors are just unforgettable, here's another favorite. One of the last grilling recipes before summer ends. Here is a great chicken recipe that holds in those flavors.

2 (1 ounce) packages cilantro leaves
5 garlic cloves, peeled
1 shallot, roughly chopped
1/2 serrano pepper, seeded and chopped
1 tablespoon toasted almonds
dash cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup tequila
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
6 chicken legs or 8 thighs
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Fresh cilantro sprigs, for garnish
Lime wedges, for garnish

Combine the first 10 ingredients in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed. Place the chicken pieces in a baking dish or zip-top plastic bag and pour the marinade over the chicken. Marinate overnight, turning occasionally to coat or at least 4 hours.
Heat the grill on medium-high.
Remove chicken from marinade, discard leftover marinade. Make sure the chicken is dry by using some clean paper towels to blot any moisture. Season the chicken pieces with additional salt and pepper to taste on both sides. Place the chicken on the grill ( bake or fry until juices run clear) and cook for 10 minutes on the first side. Turn and cook an additional 10 minutes or till juices run clear. Turn chicken, (as needed to keep from burning and to get nicely formed grill marks until chicken is cooked through and tender) about 30 minutes total for thighs and legs and 40 minutes for chicken leg quarters. Remove chicken from the grill and let stand for 5 minutes before serving. Garnish chicken with fresh cilantro sprigs and drizzle with squeezed fresh lime wedges before serving. 
Note: I have used this marinade on chicken breasts and added to a slow cooker amazing over rice or pasta!

If you like this recipe try these:

Southwest Soup
Tequilla Lime Grilled Shrimp
Grilled Lemon Lime Pepper Chicken and Vegetables
Southwest Crockpot Corn Pudding
Southwest Salad Potatoes
Southwest Sausage Cheddar Scones
Southwest Arizona Vacation and Pumpkin Bread Pudding
Southwest Tequilla Chicken
Homemade Flour Tortilla
Grilled Filled Avocado's


  1. This grilled chicken looks really tasty :) Bye, have a great day

  2. That definitely does look like a fantastic chicken recipe. I'm loving the toasted almonds with the tequila. What a combination.

  3. Hi Claudia, this grilled chicken look delicious and finger licking good. Thanks for the recipe.

    Have a great week ahead, regards.

  4. Ooh, I love this combination of flavors! Your chicken must taste incredible with this marinade~

  5. Wonderful, Claudia - flavors of summer. Sounds like you had a fabulous vacation. :)

  6. Dear Claudia, That looks good. I can smell that delicious bar-b-que from here. Blessings dearest. Catherine xo

  7. This is mouth-watering! Hope the storm hasn't hit you too bad!

  8. Claudia,
    What could be better than the tequila and lime on grilled chicken?
    Love the combination of flavors. Can't wait to try this one.

  9. This is a marinade worth pinning! I don't eat anything with feathers, but this could marinate any meat, right? :)


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