Tequila-Lime Chicken


This is a recipe that I created in search of a different way to fix chicken for a low-sodium diet.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
1 hr 45 mins
4 servings


  • 3 skinless, boneless chicken breasts

  • ½ cup tequila

  • 1 lime, zested and juiced

  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder, divided

  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder, divided

  • 3 ounces shredded Mexican-style cheese blend


  1. Arrange chicken breasts in a baking dish; add tequila and juice of 1/2 a lime. Sprinkle 1/2 of the lime zest, 1/2 of the garlic powder, and 1/2 of the chili powder over the chicken. Cover dish with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

  2. Turn chicken breasts; sprinkle remaining lime juice, lime zest, garlic powder, and chili powder on top. Cover again and marinate in the refrigerator for another 30 minutes.

  3. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Uncover baking dish and discard tequila-lime marinade.

  4. Bake chicken in the preheated oven for 25 minutes. Sprinkle Mexican-style cheese over the chicken and continue to bake until the chicken is no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, about 10 minutes more. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of marinade ingredients. The actual amount of marinade consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

244 Calories
9g Fat
2g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 244
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 69mg 23%
Sodium 207mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 3mg 15%
Calcium 146mg 11%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 180mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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