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    Barefoot Contessa's Tequila Lime Chicken

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    40 mins

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    20 mins

    Juenessa's Note:

    Adapted from Barefoot Contessa Family Style cookbook, 2002. Ina's recipe calls for 1/2 cup of tequila and our family thinks the tequila flavor is a little too strong, so have decreased the tequila to 1/4 cup.

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    1. 1
      Combine the tequila, lime juice, orange juice, chili powder, minced cilantro, jalapeno pepper, garlic, salt, and pepper in a large bowl.
    2. 2
      Add the chicken breasts.
    3. 3
      Refrigerate overnight (or at LEAST 8 hours!).
    4. 4
      The next day, heat your grill and brush the rack with oil to prevent the chicken from sticking.
    5. 5
      Remove chicken breasts from the marinade, sprinkle well with salt and pepper, and grill them skin-side down for about 5 minutes, until nicely browned.
    6. 6
      Turn the chicken and cook for another 10 minutes, until just cooked through.
    7. 7
      Remove from grill to a plate.
    8. 8
      Cover tightly and let rest for 5 minutes.
    9. 9
      Serve hot or at room temperature.
    10. 10
      *Ina uses Cuervo Gold tequila.
    11. 11
      ** She also says there is NO substitute for freshly squeezed lime juice.
    12. 12
      ***Cook time does not include marinating the chicken overnight.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on March 14, 2009


    • on June 19, 2007


      This was great! Even though it said to only use fresh lime juice, I only had bottled and it still turned out great. I also used a litte cayenne pepper instead of the jalapenos and it had a nice bite to it. I only had time to marinate it for about 5 hours and seemed to be enough. I will be making this again soon! I also want to try it on shrimp.

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    Nutritional Facts for Barefoot Contessa's Tequila Lime Chicken

    Serving Size: 1 (212 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 276.3
    Calories from Fat 123
    Total Fat 13.7 g
    Saturated Fat 3.9 g
    Cholesterol 92.8 mg
    Sodium 686.8 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 7.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.7 g
    Sugars 2.5 g
    Protein 30.8 g

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    gold tequila

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