Monday, November 14, 2011

Applebees' Tequila Lime Chicken

Applebees has their famous Tequila Lime Chicken that is about the only reason to go there anymore.  However, we don't get out much these days with 3 children in tow.  But, I found this recipe and was able to make it at home and we even got to have seconds! 

Seeing as I do not have tequila on hand, I found a neat way to substitute it:  use lime juice and a couple drops of agave syrup.  For people like me who really don't know the difference, it made the chicken taste great!

Tequila Lime Chicken:
1 cup water
1/3 cup teriyaki sauce
1/2 lime, juiced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon tequila
1 teaspoon liquid smoke
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 pound boned, skinned chicken breasts
1/4 cup real mayonnaise, low fat okay
1/4 cup sour cream, low fat okay
2 tablespoons spicy, chunky salsa
1 tablespoon milk, low fat okay
1 teaspoon Cajun blackening spice
1/4 teaspoon dried parsley
1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
1/8 teaspoon dried dill weed
1/8 teaspoon cumin
1 cup shredded colby jack cheese

Whisk together the first 8 ingredients, coat chicken in mixture, and marinade for at least 2 hours.

Whisk together the next 9 ingredients, cover, and chill until needed. Grill the marinated chicken breasts for 3-5 minutes per side, or until cooked through. Discard marinade. Brush grilled chicken with reserved dressing, sprinkle with cheese, and broil until cheese has melted.

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