Tequila Lime Chicken with Mango Salsa

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

Tequila lime chicken on a plate served with mango salsa and lime wedges.

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!

Cut the mango

Sliced mango on a cutting board.

There are a few ways how to cut a mango, but the process is pretty 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 to get the two widest sides first. Then I slice off two smaller sides.

I cut down into the mango 1/4-inch wide slice pattern in 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.

Prepare the salsa

Close up of mango salsa in a clear glass bowl.

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

Ripe red tomatoes, creamy avocado, savory minced red onions, zesty lemon juice, and spicy jala 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.

Grill the chicken

Grilled chicken breasts on a white plate.

I like adding a simple lime juice and honey glaze combination to each side of the chicken breasts I’m grilling. It’s so good! The chicken is great on top of salads or even as a filling for chicken tacos.

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.

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Grilled chicken breast on a white plate served with mango salsa on top.

Recipe Science

The benefit of a chicken marinade

The biggest advantage of marinating chicken is to infuse more flavor! The surface of the meat gets most of the marinade. The garlic and savory spices get dispersed in the oil, which helps the fat-soluble flavor compounds stick to the surface of the chicken. The acids like lime juice in the marinade helps to tenderize the meat. I would go 1 to 2 hours max.

Tequila Lime Chicken with Mango Salsa

If you're looking for a delicious, easy, and versatile recipe, making tequila lime chicken is for you! The zesty lime juice and a hint of tequila give the chicken a burst of flavor that's perfect for any occasion.
4.79 from 87 votes
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Course Entree
Cuisine Mexican


Chicken Marinade

  • 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" thick, (4 breasts)


  • 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


  • Prepare the Marinade – In a mixing bowl, whisk the tequila, 2 tablespoons lime juice, zest, garlic, cumin, paprika, salt, chili powder, black pepper, and olive oil.
  • Marinate the Chicken – Place the chicken in a resealable plastic bag just large enough to fit. Pour the marinade inside, turning to coat. Remove any air from the bag and seal it. Marinate for 20 to 30 minutes at room temperature or 1 hour refrigerated.
  • Prepare the Glaze – In a small bowl, combine 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, lemon juice, jalapeno, and cilantro. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Grill the Chicken – Heat the grill to medium-high. Add a small amount of vegetable oil on a folded piece of paper towel, and carefully grease the grill grates to clean. Once hot, add the chicken breasts and discard the marinade.
    Cook until the chicken is no longer pink (160 to 165°F), about 4 to 6 minutes on each side, depending on the thickness. After flipping the first side, brush the glaze onto the chicken. Transfer to a clean plate, and cover to keep warm.
  • To Serve – Brush more glaze on the chicken, if desired, and top with mango salsa.

Nutrition Facts

Serves: 4 servings
Calories 513kcal (26%)Carbohydrates 25g (8%)Protein 38g (76%)Fat 26g (40%)Saturated Fat 4g (20%)Polyunsaturated Fat 3gMonounsaturated Fat 16gTrans Fat 0.02gCholesterol 109mg (36%)Sodium 825mg (34%)Potassium 1103mg (32%)Fiber 5g (20%)Sugar 17g (19%)Vitamin A 1352IU (27%)Vitamin C 34mg (41%)Calcium 48mg (5%)Iron 2mg (11%)

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000-calorie diet. All nutritional information is based on estimated third-party calculations. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods, and portion sizes per household.

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  1. Mary Ann Falciani says

    My Mango Salsa was not as good as I thought it should be. The recipe does not call for salt in the Salsa, should it have some? Also my mango was not very sweet. Does that mean it was not ripe enough?

    • Jessica Gavin says

      Hi Mary Ann- You can definitely season the salsa with salt to taste. If the mango tasted more on the sour side, then it likely needed a little more ripening time. I’ve found that when it’s ripe, you don’t need much extra seasoning.

    • Jessica Gavin says

      You can marinate for 24 hours max, otherwise, the meat might start to get slightly mushy in some areas. Let me know how it goes!

  2. 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!!

  3. 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!

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