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Tequila-Glazed Grilled Chicken

Memorial Day. It’s quickly approaching. Though gas prices will rise, a fabulous grilled meal should turn that frown upside down! Right? With this grilled masterpiece, absolutely.

Outside of tasting great, this recipe is also quick to come together – a 30-minute meal or less…depending on how well you multi-task 😉


Tequila-Glazed Grilled Chicken adapted from Cooking Light, June 2011

2 tsp ground cumin
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
3/4 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp chipotle chile powder
8 – 4-ounce chicken breasts
3/4 cup pineapple juice
1/3 cup tequila
1/4 cup honey
2 tsp cornstarch
2 tsp water
2 tsp grated lime rind
3 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper, or more to taste


Preheat grill to medium-high heat.

Combine the first 4 ingredients in a small bowl; rub evenly over chicken.

Bring the pineapple juice, tequila, and honey to a boil in a small saucepan; cook until reduced to 3/4 cup (about 10 minutes). Combine cornstarch and 2 teaspoons water in a small bowl, and stir well. Add cornstarch mixture to juice mixture, stirring constantly with a whisk. Bring to a boil, and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, and stir in lime rind, 3 tablespoons lime juice, and red pepper.

Place chicken on grill rack coated with cooking spray. Cover and grill for 5 minutes on each side, basting occasionally with juice mixture. Cover and grill an additional 5 minutes on each side or until done, basting occasionally. Yield: 8 servings, 4 ounce breast.

Nutrition Information (per breast): 181 calories; 2.5 g. fat; 65 mg. cholesterol; 336 mg. sodium; 12.9 g. carbohydrate; 0 g. fiber; 23.1 g. protein

Result: Sweet, spicy, ooey, and gooey! The PERFECT addition to your grill or event! Enjoy!



And with this Tequila-Glazed Grilled Chicken…asparagus. I have a long-standing history of over-cooking asparagus to the point of no return. Into the trash it goes. Luckily for me, I’m a much better griller than I am a roaster. 😀

A shot of Lily, hopeful that husband or I misses our mouths with bites of diner. That girl goes BANANAS over chicken…!

Question: You can only eat ONE grilled food for the rest of your life, what do you choose?

Weekend, where are you?

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  1. Marisa @ Loser for Life
    May 26, 2011 / 7:53 am

    Yummers! Cooking Light has some awesome recipes this issue!

    Hmmm…one grilled food…I would have to say a burger! Boring… I know ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Nicole
      May 26, 2011 / 2:20 pm

      Not boring! Classic and delish!

  2. Lena
    May 26, 2011 / 7:57 am

    Two words: BEER BRATS! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Nicole
      May 26, 2011 / 2:20 pm

      Oh heavens yes!!!

  3. Matt @ The Athlete's Plate
    May 26, 2011 / 8:22 am

    Take me to Mexico please!

    • Nicole
      May 26, 2011 / 2:20 pm

      Bags packed? Lessssssgo!!!

  4. Michelle
    May 26, 2011 / 8:38 am

    I happen to have a bottle of tequila that someone brought us from Mexico! I will be trying this!

    • Nicole
      May 26, 2011 / 2:20 pm

      No coincidence there ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. renee@mykitchenadventures
    May 26, 2011 / 9:22 am

    OMG…that chicken looks absolutely PERFECT!!! IDK…I think I like all things grilled…it would be hard to narrow it down to one. I DO love, love, love grilled peppers ( red, green, yellow) though.

    • Nicole
      May 26, 2011 / 2:21 pm

      Me too! Red Velvet cookies tomorrow, I think!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Andrea@WellnessNotes
    May 26, 2011 / 9:25 am

    Gorgeous photos! So when should I come over on Monday? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I love grilled portobellas.

    Have a great weekend!

    • Nicole
      May 26, 2011 / 2:21 pm

      I think I’m working Monday, stop by on Sunday ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. Estela @ Weekly Bite
    May 26, 2011 / 9:32 am

    This looks like the perfect summer meal! Yum!

  8. Liz
    May 26, 2011 / 10:25 am

    I’m even more excited to make this recipe now!!! I like pretty much anything on the grill but my favorites are steak and pineapple. Mmm!

    • Nicole
      May 26, 2011 / 2:21 pm

      Grilled pineapple is uuhhhhmazing, yes!!

  9. Joanne
    May 26, 2011 / 10:31 am

    What an AWESOME use of tequila! That’s the most dangerous of alcohols to drink, in my opinion, but to eat? I’m all for it!

    • Nicole
      May 26, 2011 / 2:22 pm

      Amen, sister! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather
    May 26, 2011 / 11:01 am

    I am making this on Saturday! Looks perfect Nicole!

    • Nicole
      May 26, 2011 / 2:22 pm

      I hope you like it!

  11. Leah @ Why Deprive?
    May 26, 2011 / 11:18 am

    Yum!! That chicken sounds crazy good.

    One grilled food? I dont know if I could choose, it would be some kind of vegetable for sure. Maybe asparagus.

  12. May 26, 2011 / 12:09 pm

    I love the flavors in that chicken. My pick would most likely be grilled chicken-love it!

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    • Nicole
      May 26, 2011 / 2:22 pm

      Sounds right up my alley…I am always looking for more motivation! THANK YOU!

  13. Roz
    May 26, 2011 / 12:41 pm

    OOOH…I saw the recipe you adapted from in Cooking Light! Can’t wait to give it a go. And make a margarita with some of that tequila! (oh, did I say that? I meant to just think that!) One grilled food for the rest of my life??? Hmm…maybe planked salmon? So good! Have a great day Nicole!

    • Nicole
      May 26, 2011 / 2:23 pm

      Quit reading my mind!!! If it wasn’t a hurried Tuesday that I made these, you better bet margaritas would’ve been involved ๐Ÿ˜‰

  14. Dana @ Budget RD
    May 26, 2011 / 1:55 pm

    That chicken looks amazing!

    My favorite grilled food is grilled pineapple sprinkled w/ a touch of brown sugar and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. I will not be seeing that though b/c our grill broke!

    • Nicole
      May 26, 2011 / 2:23 pm

      Broken grill!? EMERGENCY! EMERGENCY!!!

  15. Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life
    May 26, 2011 / 2:10 pm

    1 grilled food? Gosh, that’s hard! Maybe hamburgers?

  16. Samantha Angela
    May 26, 2011 / 2:53 pm

    Those flavours sound amazing.
    …actually, all your flavour profiles sound amazing.

  17. Biz
    May 26, 2011 / 2:57 pm

    I love, love, love this chicken recipe – sadly, my husband can’t do spicy or sweet with meat – what gives?!

    Grilled pizza – I could live off of that forever!

  18. Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place
    May 26, 2011 / 10:28 pm

    I love all BBQ….ribs, chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs. YUM! I’m excited that it’s that season again, although you’d never know it here in Chicago. 45 degrees today! ๐Ÿ™

  19. Kristi Rimkus
    May 26, 2011 / 10:32 pm

    I love the puppy! So darling! My son’s future in-laws are coming for a bba this weekend. I’m saving this recipe. My hubby is grilling ribs and I wanted some chicken. Perfect! Thank you and have a good holiday weekend.


  20. Sophia
    May 26, 2011 / 11:43 pm

    I would choose grilled brussels sprouts, or romaine lettuce. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Wow, this chicken is smokin! The glaze looks perfect. I wonder if I can use vodka too…

  21. Cara
    June 3, 2011 / 9:18 am

    This sounds so good – I love that it has pineapple juice!

  22. Liz
    June 8, 2011 / 11:06 am

    I’ve made this twice already! Once with tequila and once without (used additional juice as suggested)… delicious! We had a BBQ last weekend and everyone (adults and kids) loved it!

    • Nicole
      June 8, 2011 / 7:51 pm

      Liz! So glad you liked it…and others, too!? Bonus! ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Lauren
    June 16, 2011 / 6:28 pm

    Oh how i wish i had a grill (silly apartment living) I think I’ll be heading to the parent’s house to make this for sure sometime this summer.

    One grilled food? STEAK!!!!!!!! I’m a meat-aholic

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