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Grilled Tequila Lime Chicken

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The following recipe and photography were provided by our partner, Chef Billy Parisi.

Tequila and limes aren’t just for margaritas!

Turn these traditional cocktail ingredients into a zesty and flavorful marinade for grilled chicken. It’s a dinner that’s sure to be a hit all summer long and, if you want to kick up the heat, add some jalapenos!

Grilled Tequila Lime Chicken

Grilled Tequila Lime Chicken


  • 3 lbs. Gerber's CARE Certified boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup tequila
  • ¾ cup Heinen's fresh squeezed orange juice
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 5 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 2 tsp. Heinen's coriander
  • 2 tsp. Heinen's cumin
  • 2 tsp. Heinen's chili powder
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • 2 jalapeños, seeded


  1. Add the chicken breasts to a casserole pan or plastic Ziploc bag.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the tequila, juices, zest, garlic, spices, salt and pepper until combined.
  3. Pour the marinade over the chicken breasts and add the seeded jalapeños.  Mix until combined.
  4. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least one hour or overnight.
  5. Preheat the grill to high heat, between 450°F and 550°F.
  6. Remove the chicken and jalapeños from the marinade and place them directly on the hot grill. Cook for 4-5 minutes per side, or until dark grill marks have formed and the chicken is cooked through.
  7. Serve the chicken and jalapeños with limes and an optional garnish of chopped fresh cilantro.

Grilled Tequila Lime Chicken

Chef Billy Parisi

By Chef Billy Parisi

Chef Billy Parisi is a culinary school grad who spent 15 years in the restaurant industry as a line cook, sous chef and executive chef. Now he develops, photographs and films simple and delicious recipes that will make everyone feel like a chef in their own kitchen.

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