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Cheese Powders at Firehouse Pantry

Tequila Lime Chicken
Grilled, marinated chicken breasts smothered in a Mexi-ranch
dressing and cheese, served over a bed of crunchy chips.

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Serves: 4
Prep. Time: 4:45

2 - 4 cloves garlic - minced
2 limes - juice of
1/3 cup soy sauce
3 Tbls. tequila
1 Tbls. packed brown sugar
1 tsp. liquid smoke OR 1/2 tsp. hickory smoke powder
1 tsp. onion salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 - 1/2 lbs. boned, skinned chicken breast halves
1/4 cup light sour cream
2 Tbls. real mayonnaise - low-fat okay
2 Tbls. spicy, chunky salsa
1/2 tsp. Cajun spice
1 dash dried dill weed
1 dash cumin
1 cup shredded Colby Jack cheese
2 cups crumbled corn chips OR tortilla chips

Ingredients at Firehouse Pantry

-Whisk together garlic, lime juice, soy sauce, tequila, brown sugar, liquid smoke, onion salt, and pepper; pour into a sealable plastic zipper bag; place chicken in bag; refrigerate at least 4 hours, or overnight.
-Whisk together sour cream, mayonnaise, salsa Cajun spice, dill, and cumin; cover and refrigerate until needed, at least 1 hour.
-Grill marinated chicken breasts over a medium flame for 8 minutes on each side, or until juices run clear.
-Place cooked chicken on a broiler pan; spread prepared sauce over each breast and sprinkle evenly with cheese; broil until cheese has melted and browned slightly.
-Serve broiled chicken on a bed of crumbled chips with any remaining sauce on the side.

Make It A Meal: Serve with Spanish Rice and salsa on the side.
 

Visitor Comments

  • I love it and so does my husband. I make it on a regular basis. It is not identical but it sure is close. Instead of crunching up the chips, I use fresh corn tortilla shells, cut them in strips and fry them. Tastes great. Thanks for the recipe.

  • I didn't have any Tequila on hand and I didn't have the full time for the chicken to marinade, but the dish turned out wonderful anyway. The meat had a very distinct taste and it wasn't to hot for me. I loved this and so did my picky Hubby.

  • My entire family enjoyed this recipe. It tasted very similar to the one served at Applebees. I wouldn't use Miracle Whip in it again because the Miracle Whip has too strong of a flavor.

  • Totally yummy!! Worth the little effort, absolutely amazing flavor! Has quickly become my husband's very very favorite!

  • Don't use Miracle Whip, I agree. I doubled the recipe so I used a 3/4 can of rotel for the tomato mix in sauce. Everyone loved it!

  • I made this for my in-laws and they could not stop talking about it...I recommend this to anyone who is a fan of spicy chicken!

  • This is even better than the restaurant version. My very picky husband loved it!!! This is the man who won't eat cheese and he gobbled it up!!!

  • Excellent recipe. I used store-bought Mexican style dip for chips instead of making the Mexican ranch sauce. It made it very quick and easy. Quote from my husband "don't forget how you made this"

  • AWESOME! My husband, who hates chicken breasts, went back for seconds! I will definitely fix this again and will also fix the white sauce just for snacking. I didn't even use tequila and we still loved the flavor.

  • Won't make again.

  • I made this 2 times already, once for my husband and once for may parents. It is sooo delicious. Exactly like Applebee's. OUTSTANDING RECIPE!

  • I made the recipe last night for the first time! I wanted to tell you that it was incredible! My whole family couldn't get enough! Thank you!

  • I thought this was great and I also cut up tortilla shells into small strips and fryed them in the deep fryer as another reader suggested.

  • I made this recipe and it was very good. Instead of making the sauce, I mixed ranch dressing with salsa and it was very good...much easier!!

  • I made your Tequila Lime Chicken last night for my boyfriend. He absolutely loved it and said it tasted almost exactly the same! I think that's the most detailed thing I've ever cooked but it turned out really well. I used the pico de gallo recipe for the salsa instead and that worked really well. The scour cream/mayo sauce was excellent for dipping. Thank you so much! Ill be making this a few times a month.

  • This is a GREAT recipe! I like mayo better than Miracle Whip but that's up to the individual tastes. I have used this recipe with giant shrimp and/or prawns and it's turned out just as fabulous! Instead of chunky salsa try two cans of diced tomatoes with jalepanos and lime chunks.

  • Seriously one of the best chicken recipes that I have ever tried! We are hooked and so are my parents! Love, love, love it!

  • We absolutely love this recipe!! We have made it for several families and they love it too! We have been making the sauce to eat with rice whenever we have a mexican dish, we even like it on tortilla chips.

  • This has become one of our family favorites! I make my own corn chips by frying sliced corn tortillas in long thin strips.

  • This recipe is great! I did make the spicy sauce, but it was a little too bland, so I added 2 table spoons of Kraft's Zesty Ranch dressing and a sprinkle of salt. It really made the flavors pop! Thanks for such a great recipe!

  • Excellent recipe. At least as good as Applebee's (maybe better). I omitted the tequila and used 3 limes instead of 2. Did not have salsa on hand so used 3 T of Rotel instead. Second time I added an extra chicken breast which I grilled only and used later in quesadillas. Excellent

  • I tried the recipe the other night and was surprised how much it compares to the Applebees version. However i did not use the tequila and I substituted the cajun spice with taco mix seasoning(2 tsp. instead on 1. I actually found tortilla strips at the store by Fresh Gourmet which was a quick shortcut!! Will definately make again!

  • WOW, this was seriously better than the real thing. i think the brown sugar is the key to its success! :)

  • When I prepared it, I couldn't wait to try it. It was good, but I was a little disapointed, he marinate seemed too strong. (I left it in for 10 hours) next time, I'll probably marinate it for NO MORE than 4 hours. I also used thin cuts of breats, so If you use thin cuts, don't marinate for more than 2. I will try again!Thanks for all the great recipes!

  • My husband loved this recipe. A keeper for sure! Didn't use the tequila but tasted great any ways!

  • We have had Applebee's chicken and it was one of our favorites. We thought this was better, our homemade chicken is not as dry. You also have a choice of more salsa than they give you. My husband's remark was I had hit a homerun maybe a grand slam. It will be a company recipe also. i did take some shortcuts with already made Spanish rice and Southwest dip you get in the dairy case which I added some creole seasoning to. It only took the time to cook the chicken to fix. Quick and Easy!

  • Dead on ringer for the Applebee's, however I discovered that the 'original' uses 3/4 cup Tequila in the marinade. I'm not big on tequila, but actually preferred the dish when I used the more generous amount in the marinade -- YOU MUST TRY THIS!!!!

  • I had this meal at applebees the other night, loved it so much that I wanted to make it on my own. Not only was it the same...but a lot cheaper and fed four people. I thank you so much for fulfilling my craving and being so good at what you do. Its identical!!!

  • this is a great recipe..i shared it with others..i am making it again tonight for my family and my son who has been at college and missed it last time..it is delicious

  • We absolutely loved it! I did use the suggestion to slice up tortilla chips and fry them-----awesome, much better than bagged tortilla chips. I did add over twice the amount of brown sugar, to my taste. I did not use a regular grill, broiled, in the oven, one side 8 minutes, the other side was done in about 3, then I added the salsa mixture and cheese and finished until golden brown.

  • me and my husband love this recipe:)But the sauce we make it out of sour cream and taco seasoning its easier

  • Definitely don't skimp on the Tequila. It even pays to multiply the called-for amount by several times, as someone already suggested. Also, the first few times I made this, I used a frying pan instead of a grill... MUCH better on an open flame!!

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