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Sliced grilled chicken on a plate with cherry tomatoes and corn.
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5 from 6 votes

Margarita Chicken

Tequila, fresh lime and orange juice combine to make a spectacular marinade for this juicy and flavorful Margarita Chicken. This versatile grilled chicken can be used as a base for a variety of delicious summer meals.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Marinating Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican, Southwest
Servings: 6
Calories: 409kcal


  • 3 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast or thighs
  • ½ cup tequila
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 limes zested and juiced
  • 1 large orange juiced
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar or honey
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons chopped cilantro optional


  • If very thick, slice boneless breasts in half through the middle to create 2 thinner cutlets and place them in a gallon-size resealable plastic food storage bag.
  • Combine the remaining ingredients, except the cilantro, and pour it over the chicken. Seal the bag and refrigerate for at least 3 and up to 8 hours.
  • Grill the chicken over MEDIUM heat until cooked well throughout, approximately 6 to 8 minutes per side.
  • Slice the chicken and sprinkle with cilantro. Serve as desired with lime wedges on the side.


I don't recommend marinating the chicken overnight. Citrus juice works as a tenderizer and if it marinates too long, you could run the risk of damaging the texture of the chicken.
Serving Suggestions
  • Serve Margarita Chicken with simple summer sides like grilled corn and cherry tomatoes with basil for a super light and wholesome meal.
  • Slice and serve it with flour tortillas and a variety of taco toppings.
  • It's so good in burrito bowls with rice, beans, and a variety of toppings.


Calories: 409kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 465mg | Potassium: 926mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 305IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1mg