Recipe courtesy of Penn State Sue

Touchdown Tequila Chicken Recipe

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 3 hr 27 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Inactive: 3 hr
  • Cook: 12 min
  • Yield: 8 servings
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1 1/4 cups lime juice or margarita mix

1/2 cup tequila

1/2 cup triple sec or orange juice

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

8 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves

1 large red bell pepper, cut into thick strips

1 yellow bell pepper, cut into thick strips

1 large Vidalia onion, cut into wedges

Vegetable Marinade, recipe follows

Shredded Mexican cheese blend, for serving

Salsa, for serving

Sour cream, for serving

Vegetable Marinade:

1/2 cup olive oil

1/2 cup lime juice or margarita mix

1 teaspoon liquid smoke

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. In a bowl, combine lime juice, tequila, triple sec, cilantro, garlic and red pepper flakes. Add chicken and marinate chicken for 3 hours or overnight (depending on how much you like the tequila flavor).
  2. Marinate peppers and onion in Vegetable Marinade for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  3. Preheat outdoor grill to medium heat. Remove chicken from marinade and grill, turning once, until juices run clear, about 5 to 6 minutes per side. Drain peppers and onions, grill in a grill basket until tender and browned on edges, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  4. Slice the chicken breast into 1/2-inch strips. Serve with peppers and onions, cheese, salsa and sour cream.

Vegetable Marinade:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
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