Tequila-Marinated Chicken Thighs


Head for the border with our Tequila-Marinated Chicken Thighs recipe! This recipe is easy to make and still packs a punch, combining lime, tequila, orange and oregano in the marinade that infuses the baked chicken thighs with flavor.

Tequila-Marinated Chicken Thighs
Prep Time:
15 mins
Marinate Time:
4 hrs
Grill Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
5 hrs 5 mins


  • 12 chicken thighs, skinned if desired

  • ½ cup orange juice

  • ¼ cup tequila

  • 2 tablespoon lime juice

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped canned chipotle chile pepper in adobo sauce

  • 1 teaspoon snipped fresh oregano

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper


  1. Place chicken in a large resealable plastic bag set in a shallow dish. For marinade, in a small bowl stir together orange juice, tequila, lime juice, chipotle pepper, oregano, garlic, salt, and black pepper. Pour over chicken in bag; seal bag. Turn to coat chicken. Marinate in the refrigerator for 4 to 6 hours, turning bag occasionally.

  2. Drain chicken, reserving marinade. For a charcoal grill, arrange medium-hot coals around a drip pan. Test for medium heat above pan. Place chicken, meaty sides down, on grill rack over pan. Cover and grill for 50 to 60 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink (180°F), turning and brushing once with reserved marinade halfway through grilling. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Adjust for indirect cooking. Place chicken on grill rack over the burner that is turned off. Grill as directed.) Discard any remaining marinade.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

432 Calories
29g Fat
3g Carbs
33g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 432
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 29g 37%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 158mg 53%
Sodium 349mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 33g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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