Applebee's Fiesta Lime Chicken Copycat Recipe

"Taste almost like what Applebee's serves."
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Ready In:
2hrs 15mins




  • Directions:

  • Whisk together the first 8 ingredients, coat chicken in mixture, and marinade for at least 2 hours.
  • Whisk together the next 9 ingredients, cover, and chill until needed.
  • Grill the marinated chicken breasts for 3-5 minutes per side, or until cooked through. Discard marinade.
  • Brush grilled chicken with reserved dressing, sprinkle with cheese, and broil until cheese has melted.
  • Serve the chicken over a bed of crumbled chips.

Questions & Replies

  1. 20 ingredients! Is this really worth it with the millions of chicken recipes out there?
  2. Just used this recipe tonight. It's much better than Applebee's.
  3. Im not sure which sauce goea over chicken in tghe oven. The mayo sauce? The teriyaki sauce or both?


  1. Too much sodium for this recipe.
  2. We LOVED this dinner. The chicken was incredibly tender and flavorful. The basting sauce, itself, is fantastic. I could have eaten that all by itself! I was expecting 3 for dinner, so had marinated 3 chicken breasts. We ended up having 5 people for dinner. So once I took the picture of a whole chicken breast, I sliced them into strips. I then served the chicken strips over lightly dressed salad greens mixed with crumbled tortilla chips. It was a hit! Thank you. ~Made for Please Review My Recipe~
  3. OK, I must confess; I've never had Fiesta Lime Chicken at Applebee's. I know, it's a menu staple, but I( always find something else I wanna try :). That said, I tagged this because I was intrigued, and, tho lengthy, the ingredients and instructions are on the MONEY. I marinated my chicken for almost 4 hours, and cooked on my indoor grill. I then topped with sauce mix and cheese, and put under the broiler for 5 minutes. I served over Tostito scoops, with rice, and the chicken was moist and flavorful. I'm so happy you shared this recipe, seesko, as we really enjoyed it, and I'll be making it again!
  4. This was really tasty, even without the tequila, which is NOT one of my best friends - (see incident at age 17). Besides that omission and halving the recipe, I made it as indicated and, well, we were HAPPY. :o) Thanks for sharing, seesko!
  5. This was perfect , a meal my entire family loved! I followed the recipe exactly( except that I didn’t have tequila). We had it with Spanish rice , next time I think I’ll make some Mexican street corn instead of broccoli ??


  1. Add Pico de Gallo to top of chicken before serving. Adds a nice little kick.
  2. Used Uncle Ben's Long Grain and Wild Rice with Savory Sage sausage as a bed instead of tortilla chips.
  3. No water, put first 8 ingredients in a sauce pan. Make your own teryaki sauce [3tbsp brown sugar, 3 tbsp honey, 1/4C soy sauce, ginger, garlic powder. Heat and stir in other 8. 2 tbsp cornstarch whisked with 1/4 water, add to mixture, whisk 4-5 mins add water if needed].
  4. Agree with other users, omit or reduce to less 1/2c water
  5. See above -^


I am the mother of two beautiful boys. I love to bake and cook which has helped me to become very overweight. I have lost 50 pounds this past year and have been learning to cook "lighter". We still enjoy many of the same dishes we used to. However, I have learned portion control and how to make suttle changes to my recipes that don't affect the flavor.
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