TEQUILA! It’s something that screams “Lets party!” I have been a big fan of Tequila, especially in the nightlife. But I feel that out of all the recipes I’ve made with Alcohol few have included Tequila. After doing a little research on it and researching the different types and flavors I’m wondering why I don’t use it in more in my cooking?? From sauces to marinades Tequila is great for adding that kick your dish may need.
I always wondered why Tequila is known as a “Mexican” liquor? It’s because Tequila is made by fermenting juice of Agave plants in Mexico. Traditionally by Mexican standards, Tequila must be distilled in pot stills to 110 proof for hours and can be repeated a number of times to ensure its clarity and pureness. Color in Tequila comes mostly from the addition of caramel; also some distillers add small amounts of natural flavorings such as Sherry, prune concentrate, and coconut to manipulate the tequila’s flavor. These flavors can be used in a number of dishes depending on the dish. I would recommend doing a little research on the type of Tequila to see how it matches with the dish you want to use it in, or if you don’t have the time just go for a good quality clear or gold agave tequila like I did!
I’m always looking for new and inventive ways to make chicken Exciting and I think that Tequila is a great crowd pleaser for any party, in a recipe or just to drink!
Tequila Lime Chicken
1/2 cup gold tequila
1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp minced fresh jalapeno pepper (seeded)
1 tbsp minced fresh garlic (3 cloves)
Salt and pepper
6 boneless chicken breasts, skin on
Combine the tequila, lime juice, orange juice, chili powder, jalapeno pepper, garlic, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Add the chicken breasts. Refrigerate overnight.
Heat a grill and brush the rack with oil to prevent the chicken from sticking. Remove the chicken breasts from the marinade, sprinkle well with salt and pepper, and grill them skin-side down for about 5 minutes, until nicely browned. Turn the chicken and cook for another 10 minutes, until just cooked through. Remove from the grill to a plate. Cover tightly and allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving.