Fiesta Grilled Chicken Recipe -
Fiesta Grilled Chicken Recipe
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Fiesta Grilled Chicken

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"This main dish stars chicken marinated in tequila that's then grilled, and topped with Texas Bean Salsa and splashed with lime juice. Apple juice can be substituted for the tequila if you choose, and the chicken can also be broiled."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    25 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    6 hrs 35 mins


  1. To make the salsa, mix the black beans, black-eyed peas, corn, red onion, bell pepper, chiles, and tomatoes together in a bowl. Toss vegetables with the Italian dressing, cilantro, garlic, and garlic salt until evenly blended. Cover, and refrigerate 6 hours or overnight.
  2. Preheat a grill for medium-high heat.
  3. About 45 minutes before serving time, place the chicken breasts in a baking dish and drizzle with lime juice and tequila. Sprinkle evenly with paprika, salt, and pepper. Cover the dish, refrigerate, and allow to marinate 10 minutes.
  4. Remove chicken breasts from the marinade, and discard remaining marinade.
  5. Cook the chicken breasts on the preheated grill until the juices run clear and the meat is no longer pink, 10 to 12 minutes.
  6. To serve, place a lettuce leaf on each plate. Top with a chicken breast, and spoon Texas Bean Salsa over each, dividing evenly among servings. If desired, garnish with additional cilantro leaves and lime wedges.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 25, 2008

I've been making a version of this for years,with a couple minor changes:I also add a bit of garlic powder to the marinade.And the TIME for marinating given here is,in my opinion,way too short.Marinating ANYTHING for only 10 minutes isn't going to impart much flavor,or tenderize meat at all.The chicken should be marinated for at least 3 hours,preferably longer,like 5 or 6.Other than that this is a great recipe.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 08, 2011

The marinated chicken was amazingly good but I used apple juice instead of tequila and I didn't use the cilantro just because I didn't have any. My family and I were not too taken with the salsa but would definitely use the marinated chicken recipe again.

Sep 06, 2008

The black bean salsa was wonderful! I didn't use either green pepper or black eyed peas, and substituted oil and vinegar, salt and pepper for the Italian salad dressing (because I didn't have any of these, and sweet vidalia onion instead of red onion, and it was definitely a keeper! The chicken took longer than the recipe said but I had huge chicken breasts, so of course it would take longer to grill. I also marinated it longer than the 10 minutes it stated, about 4 hours, it needed that to get the flavor imparted to the meat. Yum!

Mar 26, 2013

Fabulous! The salsa seemed like lots until we all dished up! It was devoured by 3 teenage boys, my husband and me. You could double (or more) the lettuce...I chopped it up first so it was easier to eat. The marinade is enough for more chicken than listed. I sliced the chicken breasts in half to shorten the grilling time. Wish I'd marinated and cooked more for leftovers. Followed recipe for the most part (mixed spices with lime juice...didn't have tequila (or any other alcohol), but added a tequila lime dry marinade from Cabelas that I had in the cupboard to the lime juice and spices and only marinaded for about 20 minutes since the chicken was so thin) Also, I didn't have Italian dressing, so I just sprinkled in about 1 tsp. Italian seasoning and 1-2 TBSP each of vinegar and oil in the salsa (you could use more if you like Italian dressing). I made the salsa about 1/2 hour before dinner and it worked great. I don't know that waiting 6 hours is necessary. I did stir it every few minutes while it sat in the fridge. Will definitely make this again!

Sep 20, 2008

Fabulous! I made this on my stove-top grill pan. First I pan-grilled the chicken, then I added the vegetables on the other half of the pan after 10 minutes and heated the dish. It was great! You can eat this with Mexican Rice or in a wrap! Fantastic!- I did leave out the tequilla as I was serving this dish to young kids - Still came out great!

Jul 30, 2015

Great marinade! To save time we used a premade salsa from our local grocery store and mixed in the beans and black eyed peas. It was excellent!

Jul 13, 2014

Delicious. Very moist. Served with Maria's Mexican rice and black bean avocado salsa. 3 great dishes.

Aug 12, 2012

I substituted red wine vinegarette for the dressing and I always pound chicken fairly thin (or at least evenly thing) and then marinate at least overnight for maximum flavor.


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  • Calories
  • 512 kcal
  • 26%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 56.4 g
  • 18%
  • Cholesterol
  • 67 mg
  • 22%
  • Fat
  • 15.8 g
  • 24%
  • Fiber
  • 13.7 g
  • 55%
  • Protein
  • 36.4 g
  • 73%
  • Sodium
  • 2600 mg
  • 104%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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