Tequila Lime Chicken with Mango Salsa

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Grilled tequila lime chicken served with fresh mango salsa is a perfect meal for warm summer nights. Each piece of lean white meat is glazed with a honey-lime mixture for enhanced flavor.

Tequila Lime Chicken with Mango Salsa

Chicken is one of the simplest proteins to cook on a barbecue and the flavor combinations are endless. There’s no better way to welcome the change in season than with a festive grilled tequila lime chicken paired with bright and colorful mango salsa.

A savory blend of spices combines nicely with tangy lime, aged tequila, and a drizzle of honey. This meal is bold in flavor but easy enough to prepare any day of the week. If you’re ready to fire up the grill, let’s not waste another minute!

sliced mango on a cutting board

There’s something about eating a mango that signals my brain to think island vacation or summertime. It’s one of those exotic fruits that just transforms the vibe of your dish in a fun and bright way.

There are a few ways on how to cut a mango, but the process is fairly straightforward. Because of the large seed in the center, you must cut around it. I like to use my 8-inch chef’s knife to cut from the top of the stem down to get two of widest sides first. Then I slice off two smaller sides. I cut down into the mango 1/4-inch wide slice pattern one direction and then cut across in the opposite direction to create a diamond hatch pattern. Then I use a spoon to scoop out the cubes of sliced mango.

close up of mango salsa in a clear glass bowl

A tasty salsa is the quickest way to add fresh flavors and nutrients into each bite. With health in mind, I like to incorporate as many colorful fruits and vegetables into my meals.

Ripe red tomatoes, creamy avocado, savory minced red onions, zesty lemon juice, spicy jalapeno all make it into this fresh mango salsa recipe. I always have an extra bag of chips on hand, so I can snack on the salsa as I grill.

grilled chicken breasts on a white plate

Wow, check out that gorgeous spiced and marinated grilled tequila lime chicken breast! I like to add a simple lime juice and honey glaze combination to each side of the chicken when I’m grilling. It’s so good! The chicken is great on top of salads or even in as a filling for chicken tacos.

Now that the chicken is hot off the grill don’t forget to top with a generous amount of fresh mango salsa. Why not also make yourself a cold mango margarita since you have all of the ingredients on hand, just a friendly suggestion. I hope you enjoy those warm summer nights with friends or family just relaxing with full bellies, and that this chicken dish makes it to your table.

chicken served with mango salsa on top

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The benefit of marinating chicken before cooking

The biggest advantage of marinating your chicken is to infuse MORE flavor! The surface of the meat gets most of the marinade love. The garlic and savory spices get dispersed in the oil which helps the fat-soluble flavor compounds disperse and stick to the surface of the chicken. The acids like lime juice in the marinade help to slightly tenderize the meat. I would go 1 to 2 hours max for this tequila lime marinade. The water-soluble ingredients like the salt and earthy flavors of the tequila gently infuse into the meat, thus making it even more flavorful.

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Tequila Lime Chicken with Mango Salsa

Grilled tequila lime chicken served with fresh mango salsa is a perfect meal for warm summer nights. Each piece of lean white meat is glazed with a honey-lime mixture for enhanced flavor.
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4.27 from 42 votes
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings 4 servings
Course Entree
Cuisine Mexican

Ingredients

Tequila Lime Chicken

  • ¼ cup tequila
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice, plus zest
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 ½ pounds chicken breasts, thinly sliced or flattened to ½-inch thick, (4 breasts)

Glaze

  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

Mango Salsa

  • 1 mango, cubed
  • ½ cup tomatoes, diced
  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • ¼ cup red onion, diced
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • ½ jalapeño, minced
  • ½ cup cilantro leaves, chopped

Instructions 

Marinade

  • Whisk all marinade ingredients together; tequila, 2 tablespoons lime juice, zest, garlic, cumin, paprika, salt, chili powder, black pepper, and olive oil.
  • Place the chicken in a resealable plastic bag just large enough to fit.
  • Pour marinade over the chicken, turning to coat. Remove any air from the bag and seal.
  • Allow chicken to marinate for 20 to 30 mins at room temperature or 1 hour refrigerated.

Glaze

  • Combine in a small bowl, 2 tablespoons honey and 1 tablespoon lime juice, set aside.

Mango Salsa

  • In a medium-sized bowl combine mango, tomato, avocado, red onion, lemon zest and juice, jalapeno, and cilantro.
  • Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Grilled Chicken

  • Heat grill to medium-high. Add a small amount of vegetable oil on a folded piece of paper towel, and then carefully grease the grill grates with the oil.
  • Once the grill is nice and hot, add the chicken breasts and discard the marinade.
  • Cook until no longer pink (160-165°F), about 4-6 minutes on each side, depending on the thickness.
  • After flipping the first side, brush the glaze onto the chicken.
  • Remove the chicken from the grill and transfer to a clean plate, cover to keep warm.
  • Brush more glaze on the chicken before serving and top with mango salsa.

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Nutrition Facts
Tequila Lime Chicken with Mango Salsa
Amount Per Serving
Calories 355 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Trans Fat 0.02g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 13g
Cholesterol 58mg19%
Sodium 474mg20%
Potassium 522mg15%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 900IU18%
Vitamin C 24.8mg30%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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27 Comments Leave a comment or review

  1. Lisa says

    I made this today, Memorial Day, for my family. Everyone loved it. The chicken was very tender and delicious!! I will definitely make this again.

  2. Heather says

    This looks amazing! I was planning on making this tonight but realized the chicken I have on hand is legs. I’m going to try it with the legs, baking them and then finishing them on the grill. My boyfriend is so excited for tonight!

  3. Dave says

    I love how it’s all prepared in one pan you could even cook the rice in it if you had a lid for the sauté pan. Yay!!

    I’ve made fried rice before following a recipe that dirtied every pan I owned. Felt there must be a simpler way. This method rocks!!

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