Tequila-Glazed Grilled Chicken Thighs

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Tequila-Glazed Grilled Chicken Thighs are juicy, moist, and full of flavor. The tequila glaze on the chicken thighs will make your taste buds sing! How can you go wrong with a recipe called Tequila Glazed?
Even if the recipe turns out to be a bust, just getting there is half the fun! How could I NOT make a batch of Margaritas while I was grilling up those thighs? (This recipe was first published on July 11, 2012)

Tequila-Glazed Grilled Chicken Thighs and a Classic 3-2-1 Margarita

 I like to leave skin on the chicken to keep it a bit moister. Remove it before eating, if you are so inclined. The glaze has a lovely bit of sweet, tart and a little kick.

You can use chicken breasts, but I’m not crazy about grilled breasts because they dry out so easily. Chicken thighs are just moister and juicier.

The secret to perfectly done grilled chicken thighs is, slow and low.

Our new BBQ cooks much hotter and more evenly than our old one. There’s a bit of learning curve with all those BTU’s! I’ve learned that I can get nice results by turning the BBQ down to its lowest setting…you’ll have to be the judge of your own grill.

Ingredients for tequila lime chicken

  • 3 lbs. bone-in thighs and legs you can use breasts, but we prefer the juicier legs
  • Dry Rub
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
  • Tequila Glaze
  • 3/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/3 cup tequila
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 2 teaspoons grated lime zest
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoons crushed red pepper 

How to make this tequila lime chicken recipe

  • Rub spices all over the chicken. Let it sit while you make the glaze.
  • 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 teaspoons water in a small bowl and stir well. Add to reduced 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, lime juice and red pepper if you are using it.
  • Grill chicken over low heat, basting occasionally with glaze.
  • Cover and cook until done. It all depends on the power of your grill, so cook accordingly.

Leftover chicken?

Any leftovers would be perfect for tacos with Salsa Fresca, in a salad, or in Mexican Chicken Soup!

What to serve with tequlia lime chicken

Don’t forget the chips and Guacamole, a Mango Margarita, Cilantro Rice and refried beans! Ole!

Tequila-Glazed Grilled Chicken Thighs and a Classic 3-2-1 Margarita

Tequila Glazed Chicken Thighs

Cynthia
Tequila lime chicken thighs are juicy, moist, and full of flavor. The tequila glaze will make your taste buds sing!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Entree
Cuisine Latin
Servings 4 servings
Calories 146 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 lbs. chicken thighs and legs bone in

Dry Rub

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chile powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Tequila Lime Glaze

  • 3/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/3 cup tequila
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 2 teaspoons grated lime rind
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoons crushed red pepper I omitted this for the kids

Instructions
 

Dry Rub

  • Combine cumin, chile powders and salt together in a small bowl.
  • Rub spices all over the chicken. Let the marinade sit while you make the glaze.

Tequlia lime glaze

  • 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 teaspoons water in a small bowl and stir well. Add to reduced 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, lime juice and red pepper if you are using it.
  • Grill chicken over low heat, basting occasionally with glaze.
  • Cover and cook until done. It all depends on the power of your grill, so cook accordingly.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 146kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 1gFat: 0.4gSaturated Fat: 0.04gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 601mgPotassium: 115mgFiber: 1gSugar: 22gVitamin A: 314IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 19mgIron: 1mg
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