The Best Margarita Chicken Recipe

Hi mom, welcome to Cooktophia, now we will make Margarita Chicken Recipe. Tequila, freshly squeezed lemon juice and orange juice combine to create a wonderful marinade for this delicious Margarita Chicken. This versatile roast chicken can be used as a base for a variety of delicious summer meals.

Margarita Chicken Recipe

Why Margarita Chicken Recipe?

The moment you tell people that chicken margarita is on the list, it sets the mood for a fun night out. This recipe is also very easy to make with most hours of prep. A must for a stress-free summer meal.

Most recipes out there for chicken margaritas include a bottled margarita mix. why? I think it sounds like a time-saver, but since we don’t use bottled mix to make margaritas, I definitely wouldn’t use it in my marinade.

In my opinion, the prepackaged blends impart a “chemical” flavor and that is not what I was looking for here. I wanted a clean, fresh flavor and my friends, that’s exactly what you’ll get by using the simple ingredients in this recipe. The result is delicious, southwestern-style roast chicken that can be used in a variety of fun summertime meals.

A plate of grilled chicken, cherry tomatoes, and corn on top.

Ingredients Notes

  1. the chicken I usually go with boneless and skinless chicken breasts but thighs will work as well.
  2. tequila Use whatever tequila you like. If you like its flavor in drinks, it will be great in a marinade. I love the bright, clean flavor of the silver tequila.
  3. Orange juice One good-sized orange juice.
  4. Lime You will use the zest and juice of the lemon in the seasoning. I always buy an extra lemon to serve.
  5. olive oil
  6. Agave nectar or honey If you have agave nectar on hand, use it here for sure. If not, honey will work fine. See below for more information on aloe vera nectar.
  7. minced garlic Fresh is best for this marinade.
  8. spices Delicious flavor comes from dried spices including chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt, and pepper.

What is agave nectar?

Agave nectar is a sweetener that has a very mild flavor and a slightly thinner texture than honey. Just like tequila, it is harvested from the aloe vera plant. Since it adds sweetness but not too much flavor, it is ideal for mixing cocktails without interfering with the flavor of other ingredients. Another benefit is that it dissolves easily, making it great for pickles, cocktails, or sweetening iced tea or hot drinks. If you don’t have anything on hand, you can completely substitute honey in this recipe.

How to make Margarita Chicken Recipe

  1. Combine the marinade ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Place the chicken in a resealable plastic bag and pour the seasoning over it. Save the bag and put the chicken in the refrigerator for at least 3 or 8 hours. I do not recommend sperming breasts overnight. You don’t need it. And with all the acidic juice in there, you could risk ruining the texture of the chicken.
  3. Roast the chicken over medium heat until it’s well cooked, about 6 to 8 minutes per side.

If the chicken pieces are large, as they usually are, I recommend cutting them in half in the middle before seasoning them. This marinade really softens the meat and the flavor is out of this world!

A plate of grilled chicken with coriander and orange shot on top.

Margarita Chicken Recipe


  • 3 A pound or a pound to weight Boneless and skinless chicken breasts or thighs
  • ½ cup tequila
  • 3 Large spoons olive oil
  • 2 Lime Grated and squeezed
  • 1 big orange Squeezed
  • 2 Large spoons Aloe vera nectar or honey
  • 1 small spoon Minced garlic
  • 1 small spoon chili powder
  • 1 small spoon latency
  • 1 small spoon of spices
  • ½ small spoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper To savor
  • 3 to 4 Large spoons Chopped coriander my choice

Margarita Chicken Recipe instructions

If your breasts are very thick, cut them in half across the middle to make two thinner slices and place them in a resealable, gallon-sized plastic bag.

  • Mix the rest of the ingredients except for the coriander and pour it over the chicken. Close the bag and put it in the refrigerator for at least 3 to 8 hours.
  • Roast the chicken over medium heat until it’s well cooked, about 6 to 8 minutes per side.
  • Cut the chicken into slices and sprinkle with coriander. Serve as desired with lemon wedges on the side.


I don’t recommend seasoning chicken overnight. Citrus juice acts as an emollient and if soaked for too long, you risk damaging the texture of the chicken.
Make suggestions

  1. Serve this chicken margarita with simple summer sides like roasted corn and cherry tomatoes with basil for a very healthy snack.
  2. Slice it and serve with a flour tortilla and a variety of taco toppings.
  3. It is very good in burrito dishes with rice, beans, and a variety of toppings.

Margarita Chicken Recipe nutrition

Calories: 409Calories | Carbohydrates: 11G | protein: 49G | Fat: 13G | Saturated fat: 2G | Unsaturated fats: 1G | Cholesterol: 145Mg | sodium: 465Mg | Potassium: 926Mg | the basic: 1G | sugar: 7G | Vitamin A: 305IU | Vitamin C: 21Mg | Calcium: 39Mg | iron: 1Mg

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