Grilled Chicken with Hot 'n' Spicy Tequila-Orange Marinade

"I created this dish for a poolside barbecue with a Mexican grill theme, and it went over really well with my friends. I like to serve it with spicy black beans, fruit salsa, and tortillas (although tortilla chips will also work). There are never leftovers" --CL Reader


4 servings

Recipe from

Cooking Light

Nutritional Information

Calories 324
Caloriesfromfat 45 %
Fat 16.3 g
Satfat 3.7 g
Monofat 7.7 g
Polyfat 3.2 g
Protein 34.1 g
Carbohydrate 11.9 g
Fiber 2.4 g
Cholesterol 120 mg
Iron 0.4 mg
Sodium 324 mg
Calcium 29 mg


2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups chopped onion
4 garlic cloves, minced
4 jalapeño peppers, seeded and chopped
4 oranges, peeled and sliced
1 cup orange juice
1 cup tequila
2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
2 teaspoons minced fresh cilantro
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
2 pounds chicken pieces, skinned
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
Cooking spray


To prepare the marinade, heat oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; sauté for 3 minutes. Add jalapeño peppers and oranges; cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add juice; cook 2 minutes. Add tequila; cook 3 minutes. Add rosemary, cilantro, and vinegar; cook 1 minute.

Place marinade in a blender or food processor; process until smooth. Strain the mixture through a sieve into a bowl. Discard solids. Reserve 1/2 cup marinade. Place remaining marinade in a large zip-top plastic bag.

To prepare the chicken, pierce with a fork. Add the chicken, chili powder, salt, and pepper to marinade in bag. Seal and marinate in refrigerator 2 hours, turning bag occasionally.

Prepare grill.

Remove the chicken from bag; discard marinade. Place the chicken on grill rack coated with cooking spray; cook 12 minutes on each side or until chicken is done, basting frequently with reserved marinade.

Note: For chicken pieces, use a combination of chicken breasts, thighs, and drumsticks. Look for packages labeled "pick of the chick" in the butcher case.

May 2001
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