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How To Make Applebee’s Inspired Recipe For Tequila Lime Chicken

Get your rumba on with this Applebee's inspired Tequila Lime Chicken dish! So good that just thinking about it makes your mouth beg for one delicious bite after another...

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Ay! Caramba! Tequila Lime Chicken

Get Your Rumba On with this Applebee’s Inspired Tequila Lime Chicken Dish!
Ay! Caramba! Tequila Lime Chicken

ABOUT THIS RECIPE (per serving)

Gluten Free
Servings:  4
AVG. Maker RATING: 
5 from 2 votes
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Prep Time :15 minutes
Cook Time :8 minutes
Marinade time :1 hour
Total Time :1 hour 23 minutes
Course : Dinner, Entrée, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine : American, South of the Border
Diet : Gluten Free
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.
Calories 412
Fat 29.5
Carbohydrates 13.4
Protein 23.7

Oh, those persuasive Caribbean rhythms.

You can’t beat this Applebees Inspired Tequila Lime Chicken for a south-of-the-border dish so darned good that just thinking about it makes your mouth water. Tune the music to the Broadway Hits version of Ay! Caramba! Prepare yourself to dance and shimmy your way to a meal that’s not just super delicious but deliciously FUN!

As the lyrics from Copacabana play in my head, I can’t help but dance to the music when making this dish!

“The more I resist, the more they insist Can’t stop the congas, timbales the bongos, The claves and Ay! Ay! Ay! Ay! Caramba!”

Although Wisconsin and Lac du Nibiinaabi is just a tad north of the Caribbean Islands, our local Applebee’s restaurant is only a few miles in either direction from here. One of my favorite dishes to eat at the restaurant before I was diagnosed with celiac disease was their Fiesta Lime Chicken. Thus, my inspiration for re-creating a gluten-free version of the famous Applebee’s favorite so many enjoy.

Ay! Caramba! Tequila Lime Chicken

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This recipe is one of those dishes that is sooo…GOOD!

It’s so good that just thinking about it makes my mouth salivate. And I can’t think about it without the Broadway Hits version of Ay! Caramba! (the tune performed by the Manhattan Singers of Copacabana) playing through my head.

To watch me in the kitchen during the onset of preparing my version of Ay! Caramba! Lime Chicken, aka Fiesta Lime Chicken, I’m sure you’d swear I was possessed.

I’m sure you’d giggle. My family does.

Just like the song…

“I hear the rumba (you hear the rumba?)

And then the mambo (you want to mambo?)

wait, I think you should know Latin drums make me go

Ay! Caramba!

They shake maracas (I shake maracas)

I go bananas (you like bananas?)

We start having fun, but before it’s all done

Ay! Caramba!

Imagine yourself looking out over the tranquil Jamaican Sunset, tune the music to the Broadway Hits version of Ay! Caramba! Escape in the warmth of the island breeze, and sway your hips as you rumba your way to a meal that's not just super delicious, but FUN too. Enjoy!!

Okay, I’m all done embarrassing myself. Enough is enough. Let’s get to the recipe. 

Ay! Caramba! (Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.)

Just one more time. 

Ay! Caramba! (Erm… Yep, I’m really done now.)

Here you go — my recipe for Tequila Lime Chicken.

If you’ve fixed it, let me know how it tasted in the comments below.

XXO

Kymberley

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Ay! Caramba! Tequila Lime Chicken

Get Your Rumba On with this Applebee’s Inspired Tequila Lime Chicken Dish!
Kymberley @GfreeDeliciously
5 from 2 votes
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Marinade time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 23 minutes
Course Dinner, Entrée, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American, South of the Border
Servings 4
Calories 412 kcal

EQUIPMENT

INGREDIENTS
 
 

For the Marinade

For the Sauce

  • ¼ cup gluten-free Mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup Greek-style plain Yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons Salsa
  • 1 tablespoon Half-N-Half
  • 1 tablespoon Salt-Free Cajun Seasoning or less, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon dried Parsley Flakes
  • 2 teaspoons Hot Sauce
  • 2 cups shredded Colby-Jack Cheese reserve for when the chicken comes off the grill

For the Pico de Gallo

  • 1 large Tomato seeded, and skin removed
  • cup Red Onion diced, reserve a tiny bit for garnish
  • cup Green Onion diced, reserve a tiny bit for garnish
  • 1 Jalapeno Pepper stemmed, seeded and chopped small
  • 2 tablespoon fresh Lime Juice
  • Salt to taste
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INSTRUCTIONS
 

  • Place a large zipper bag inside a bowl. Add the water, teriyaki sauce, garlic, lime margarita mixer, tequila, Worcestershire sauce, and ginger into the bag. Zip closed and shake gently to combine the marinade. Place the chicken into the bag, zip closed, cover and refrigerate for at least one hour.
  • To prepare the sauce – In a medium-size bowl combine the mayonnaise, yogurt, salsa, half-n-half, Cajun seasoning, parsley, and hot sauce. Whisk to until the sauce is combined. Cover and refrigerate until needed.
  • To prepare the Pico de Gallo – In a medium bowl combine the tomato, red onion, green onion, jalapeno pepper, and lime juice. Salt to taste and mix well. Cover and refrigerate until needed.
  • Spray the grill grates of your outdoor grill with a gluten-free high-heat grill spray. Pre-heat the grill to medium-high heat.
  • Remove the chicken breasts from the marinade, using about half of the sauce mixture divided into a separate bowl, brush each chicken breast on both sides to coat, then place onto the grill. Cook the chicken turning frequently and brushing with the sauce mixture on each flip. Grill until the internal temperature of the meatiest part of the breast reaches 165ºF. Remove from the grill to an oven-safe sheet when done. Spread remaining reserved sauce mixture over the breasts, sprinkle the grated cheese over the top and return briefly to the grill or broil in the oven just until the cheese is melted on top of the chicken.
  • Remove the chicken and top with Pico de Gallo, and garnish with reserved red and green onion to garnish for serving.
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Nutrition

Calories: 412kcalCarbohydrates: 13.4gProtein: 23.7gFat: 29.5gSaturated Fat: 13.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 7.9gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 79.4mgSodium: 1185.6mgPotassium: 502.4mgFiber: 2.6gSugar: 6.6gVitamin A: 187.7IUVitamin C: 47.6mgCalcium: 488.7mgIron: 1.4mg
Keyword chicken breast, grilled chicken, lime, marinade, salsa, tequila

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