Pioneer Woman’s Tequila Lime Chicken

My day is starting to get away from me and I promised to tell you about Tequila Lime Chicken. I must tell you about Tequila Lime Chicken because you must know! Especially with Cinco de Mayo right around the corner!

This recipe comes from Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman. And is in her Food From My Frontier Cookbook. I love the Pioneer Woman almost as much as I love The Barefoot Contessa – maybe it’s their sassy nick-names? Okay, fantastic recipes, talented personalities and sassy nick-names. Whatever it is, they’re my girls – even though they have absolutely no idea that they’re my girls.

Pioneer Woman’s Tequila Lime Chicken

Just click the linked recipe title above and it will take you right to the recipe.


The first time I tried this chicken, I was completely blown away. There is something truly magical that happens to chicken breasts when they luxuriate for several hours in this tequila based marinade. I’m pretty sure luxuriate is a word. Sometimes a word sounds good in my head, I type it and then I doubt. Luxuriate. Yup, it’s a word and the only word that seems to fit here.


Limes, avocados, jalapeno … oh, my! You know only good things can come of this.


Good things do not always come of this but when you soak chicken in it; it’s a good thing.


          You will need your food processor or blender to make the marinade for the chicken. Limes, garlic cloves, jalapeno peppers, cilantro, olive oil, tequila …


yes, good things are about to happen.


Once all of the marinade ingredients are combined, place your boneless skinless chicken breasts in a large plastic zip-lock type bag and pour the marinade in. Zip it up and let it marinate in the refrigerator for several hours or over night. The longer the better, a few hours just isn’t enough; you really want the chicken and the tequila to have some time together.


Oh, and don’t get a few chicken breasts in the bag and then decide you’d rather use the tongs that are on the counter behind you than your hands, forcing you to let go of the bag that you think is balanced on the counter because the bag could collapse and some of your precious (and messy) marinade could end up on the floor.

Or so I’ve heard.


After there has been enough luxuriation (now that is not a word but I still like it), just grill the chicken breasts and serve with your favorite festive sides. I served mine with Grilled Corn Salad (which I shared with you yesterday) and a refreshing Avocado Mango Salad that I will share with you tomorrow.

In fact I think I’ll run to the store and get some mangos and make it again tomorrow for lunch. Purely in the interest of quality control and one last test run of course.



22 thoughts on “Pioneer Woman’s Tequila Lime Chicken

  1. Monet

    This is perfect timing! I was just hoping for a new recipe to try over the weekend. I love the Pioneer Woman so I’m sure this is a winner. Thank you for sharing! Glad I found your blog!

  2. carla @ eat sweet. by carla sue

    What a beautiful, warm and inviting blog you have! Just looking at it makes me feel like I have been welcomed into your home, so thank you 🙂 I’m so glad that you stopped by at my blog, because it led me to yours! And this chicken looks absolutely devine…it’s making my tummy grumble! Must nearly be lunch time 😉

    1. Welcome Company with Danielle Post author

      Thanks so much Carla, that is EXACTLY how I want my blog to come across so you couldn’t possibly have paid me a higher compliment. I truly appreciate it. Thank you for stopping by! I loved your blog and am looking forward to visiting again.

  3. gotasté

    Dani, I love how this chicken breast turns out! I thought the colour was perfect. And the seasoning is delicious! love the grilled corn salad too! Awesome.

  4. laurasmess

    Aw yum… I keep reading about the Pioneer Woman, I need to check out her blog! Your chicken looks gorgeous Danielle. I’m looking forward to the mango avocado salad recipe! x

    1. Welcome Company with Danielle Post author

      I will get the mango avocado salad up ASAP!! Pioneer woman is great, it is easy to see why she has become such a hit with great recipes and a very welcoming and sweet style! Her cookbooks are wonderful too – wonderful pictures, anecdotes and stories! Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Danielle Street

    You have a great name! I found your blog through seeing your comment on “barrentoblessed.” As a freelance artist, I enjoy learning how other people are using their creative skills with cooking!

    1. Welcome Company with Danielle Post author

      So glad you stopped by and thank you! Cooking is definitely a great creative expression and I am really loving the challenge of food photography as well! Please come back anytime! I’m looking forward to visiting you site as well.

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  7. Dayla Rainwater

    If this recipe is half as good as your witty dialogue, we’re in for a fantastic dinner tonight!!! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Welcome Company with Danielle Post author

      Thank you so much, Dayla and thanks for stopping by! I assure you the quality of the recipe far exceeds that of my wit! I do get carried away sometimes. 😉 I hope you love the chicken, it is a favorite around here. Come back anytime!


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