Tequila, lime and salt. A great shot and, believe it or not, also a great marinade for chicken.

Everyone has an epic tequila story — most of them funny, some of them shocking and many of them ending with people swearing off tequila forever. There is something about tequila that brings out things in people no other alcohol does.

But fear not, after eating this chicken you will not black out and wake up in Tijuana with a new tattoo and a fresh scar where your kidney used to be. The tequila is just there for flavor and most of the alcohol burns off during cooking. However, if you are so inclined, these tacos go pretty well with tequila shots while assembling the next taco.

Tequila-Lime Chicken Tacos

Rather than put all the tacos together and serve, I place all of the ingredients on the table and have everyone assemble their own according to what they like, which helps to keep the tacos from getting soggy and falling apart. I like to set out shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, cilantro, shredded cheese, salsa, guacamole, hot sauce, tortillas and, of course, sliced chicken.

Tequila-Lime Chicken Tacos

  • Prep Time: 1h
  • Cook Time: 20m
  • Total Time: 1h 20m
  • Serves: 6

What's in it:

  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (or breasts if you prefer)
  • 2 shots tequila
  • ¼ cup of tequila
  • ½ cup fresh squeezed lime juice
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 2 tbsp. salt

How to make it:

  1. To start, drink one shot of tequila for courage, then combine tequila, lime juice, cilantro garlic and salt into a bowl and stir together. Place the chicken pieces in the bowl and mix around until completely coated. Cover and place in refrigerator for a minimum of an hour, up to four hours. Rotate the chicken pieces several times at regular intervals during the length of the marinating process.
  2. When you are ready to cook, remove the chicken from the liquid and pat dry with a paper towel. Liquid can be used for basting as the chicken grills for more flavor. Grilling the chicken will give you the best results, but can also be cooked in a skillet on the stove.
  3. Let the chicken rest for a few minutes after cooking and then slice up for tacos.