Margarita Chicken Recipe
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Margarita Chicken Recipe

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Marinated in flavors of garlic and lime, this tangy grilled chicken is ready to go whenever the coals are hot! Serve with roasted corn on the cob and lemonade for summer eating at its most relaxed. —Kelly Bruneman, Cedar Park, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + marinating Grill: 10 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + marinating Grill: 10 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 can (10 ounces) frozen non-alcoholic margarita mix, thawed
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 251 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 94mg cholesterol, 230mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 0 fiber), 34g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 5 lean meat, 1 starch.


  1. In a small bowl, combine the margarita mix, lime juice and garlic. Pour 1 cup marinade into a large resealable plastic bag. Add the chicken; seal bag and turn to coat. Refrigerate for 2-4 hours. Cover and refrigerate remaining marinade.
  2. Drain and discard marinade. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Using long-handled tongs, moisten a paper towel with cooking oil and lightly coat the grill rack.
  3. Grill chicken, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 5-7 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 160°, basting frequently with reserved marinade. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Margarita Chicken in Simple & Delicious June/July 2010, p35

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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abashu User ID: 6784654 266290
Reviewed May. 24, 2017

"I tried to make it without the margarita mix."

JCV4 User ID: 628113 252348
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2016

"I thought this was a nice, easy, and different marinade for chicken. My chicken came out nice a juicy and not dry at all. Served it with herb & butter grilled corn on the cob."

dschultz01 User ID: 1076910 249843
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2016

"I accidentally bought the alcoholic margarita mix, and the chicken came out a little dry. Gave it five stars any way because that was my mistake."

lisahughes User ID: 8721992 247899
Reviewed May. 5, 2016

"I loved this but my family thought it was too sweet. Next time I will make it just for myself!"

mjlouk User ID: 1712085 227573
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2015

"Great flavor! Tasted great and kids are it too!"

cruisingail User ID: 1553892 211851
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2013

"very tasty and refreshing. would make it again but for company this time!!

Gail Borczyk Field Editor"

gucci65 User ID: 7131119 179010
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2013

"I have mae this several times. I have even made it with a whole turkey. Delish !!!!!"

Igraine32 User ID: 7006585 179009
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2013

"This was amazing. My husband said it was the best margarita chicken he ever had."

lurky27 User ID: 1251896 190764
Reviewed May. 15, 2013

"These were AMAZING. So delicious. I want some more right now!

~ Theresa"

smabell User ID: 2055850 174586
Reviewed May. 5, 2013

"This was a great recipe. Although I never make a recipe exactly as it reads. To this one I added fresh cilantro and chopped jalapeno to the marinade. I had to increase the temperature on my grill slightly to get that great char. The chcken was moist and my husband just loved the flavor!! Served it with a tomato, avacado and cucumber salad. Will definitely be making this again."

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