Tequila chicken – and what to do with leftover tequila!

This week’s vaguely healthy recipe comes from the UK’s Slimming World magazine. I bought one edition once, before we moved to California, to try and get some healthy recipes and every single one I have tried has been fantastic. I’m getting my Mum to bring some editions out when she visits in August! But this is a cracker.

For both the recipes below, I never use anywhere near the amount of salt they recommend. I hardly use any salt when cooking and never sprinkle it on my food – there’s nothing good for you about salt, especially with a heart condition. Apart from chips (fries). I always use too much salt on my chips.

Pollo al Tequila

2 tbsp tequila

Juice of 6 limes

Juice of 2 oranges

1 tbsp chilli powder

1 green jalapeño, deseeded and finely chopped

5 garlic cloves, crushed

Salt & Pepper

4 skinless chicken breasts cut into strips

A small handful each of fresh coriander (cilantro) and mint, chopped

Sliced red onion to serve

1. Place the tequila in a large glass dish. Down it. Add the lime and orange juice, chill powder, jalapeño pepper, garlic and seasoning and mix well.

I know it’s hard to believe I’m not a food photographer!

2. Place the chicken in the tequila mixture and stir to combine. Cover and place in the fridge to marinate for 4 – 6 hours or overnight. (I do it overnight).

3. Heat a non-stick griddle pan over a high heat. Remove the chicken from the marinade and cook for 5 – 6 mins on each side or until cooked thoroughly.

4. Divide the chicken between four plates and scatter the chopped herbs over the top. I served with Spanish rice and a big salad!

Tequila chicken, Spanish rice and Berry salad!

The first time I made this recipe, I unfortunately had to purchase a whole bottle of tequila. I wondered what to do with the rest of the bottle and then came across this recipe from Food Network. We rarely salt the glasses, but I know most people love that bit so feel free to do so. This drink is also really nice for little ones if you leave out the tequila and triple sec. The Dude loves having a ‘Watermelon Margarita’ with his Mum and Dad.

Watermelon Margaritas

4 cups of cubed watermelon

2 tbsp sugar

3 limes, 2 juiced and 1 cut into quarters for garnish

8 oz Tequila

5 oz Triple Sec

1. In a blender, puree the watermelon and sugar till smooth. It then says to push through a mesh strainer but we quite like the chunks so we don’t bother.

2. Transfer the liquid to a pitcher and then add the lime juice, tequila and 4 oz of triple sec.

3. Stir to combine.

Please don’t tell me off about the state of my kitchen!


2 Comments Add yours

  1. This sounds great! I love cooking with spirits. 🙂

    1. Cathryn says:

      Hahah….so do I!!

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