Recipe courtesy of George Stella

Tequila Chicken

  • Level: Easy
  • Yield: 2 servings
  • Total: 32 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 12 min


2 tablespoons canola or olive oil, plus 3 tablespoons

1/8 cup finely chopped red onion

1 1/2 tablespoons ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon chopped garlic

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

2 dashes cayenne pepper (less than 1/8 teaspoon)

1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic

2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves

1 pound (2 large half breasts) boneless skinless chicken breast; sliced

completely in half making 4 pieces

1 -ounce tequila

4 ounces shredded Colby Jack cheese

Optional garnish (2 tablespoons each serving):

1 small red onion, diced (use remainder of onion for marinade)

1 green bell pepper, diced

1 red bell pepper, diced

1 whole green onion, chopped

1 curly "Mexican" pepper or cubano, diced

1 sprig fresh cilantro leaves

Salsa picante

Sour cream, in a squeeze bottle

1 tablespoon sliced black olives

1 lemon and lime, cut in thin wedges


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a bowl, place 2 tablespoons canola oil, all marinade ingredients, and chicken, and mix thoroughly.
  3. In a large saute pan, heat 3 tablespoons canola oil over medium-high to high heat. Place the coated chicken breasts in the hot pan and sear on one side until golden brown for about 1 minute. Turn and sear the other side for a few seconds more, and sizzle with the tequila.
  4. Transfer seared chicken breasts to a lightly greased sheet pan and bake in oven for about 10 minutes until fully cooked.
  5. Remove chicken from oven and top with the shredded cheese. Place back in the oven for just a minute to melt the cheese and remove. Serve and enjoy!
  6. Make it Supreme!
  7. Before serving, top with sour cream, salsa picante, and other vegetables for garnish.
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24 Reviews


This is an awesome recipe! It tastes like you are at a restaurant!!! And really, it's not that difficult to make. I always make A LOT and freeze 2 or 3 meals worth before cooking. I also marinate this over night. I add some tequila to the marinade just to make it a little bit runnier so that the chicken really gets marinated well, and I add a little more tequila to the pan when searing. I never make the garnish - we just use a salsa and sour cream mix. My kids love this too, but I cook their chicken before I add the extra tequila. They prefer it that way.

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