Barefoot Contessa's Tequila Lime Chicken

READY IN: 40mins
Recipe by Juenessa

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.

Top Review by kcram

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.

Ingredients Nutrition


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

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