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Tequila Lime Chicken Kabobs

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Tequila Lime Chicken Kabobs -- quick and easy to make, and SO good! |

G-g-g-gimme some… that do not call for an oven, please.

That’s right. I don’t know about the weather lately where you all live, but our blazing summer temps have finally arrived to stay in Kansas City. Which makes this sunshine-lover exceedingly happy. Which also means that it’s time to switch off those stuffy ovens inside and take out food to cook on the grill outside. Which is also all the better, of course, with a cold beverage of some sort nearby.

Mmmm, summer.

I have already put our building’s grill to excellent use this summer, experimenting with new recipes and revisiting old favorites and popping on lots and lots of easy veggie burgers in between. But my favorite thing to do is always skewer up any leftover protein or veggies that I have on hand, and toss them on the grill in addition to whatever else I’m making for leftovers. Turns out that grilled proteins and veggies go with just about anything — quinoa, pasta, salad, wraps, you name it — and they also freeze beautifully. Plus, they’re easy to season however you’d like!

One of my favorite random skewer recipes I’ve loved is a throwback to an old-school favorite recipe from Applebees — tequila lime chicken! Anyone else remember ordering that back in the day? (Seemed so scandalous when I was 12!)  It’s essentially chicken just marinated in a margarita mixture, then tossed on the grill to cook up to tender, juicy, flavorful perfection. It’s super easy, very versatile for serving (or leftovers), and absolutely perfect for grilling.

Let’s make some!

Tequila Lime Chicken Kabobs -- quick and easy to make, and SO good! |

Of course, we begin with the main ingredients.
Tequila Lime Chicken Kabobs -- quick and easy to make, and SO good! |

Then mix them into a marinade, which is tossed with chicken, and then left to sit and soak together for up to 8 hours.
Tequila Lime Chicken Kabobs -- quick and easy to make, and SO good! |

Then once it’s grill-time, thread the chicken onto some skewers and sprinkle with a little extra salt and pepper.Tequila Lime Chicken Kabobs -- quick and easy to make, and SO good! |

And then cook them up to grilled, delicious perfection.Tequila Lime Chicken Kabobs -- quick and easy to make, and SO good! |

I like to serve mine with some fresh cilantro and extra lime wedges, but the sky’s the limit for how you’d like to use this chicken. Toss it with some black beans and Mexican rice for a simple dinner, or roll it up with some grilled veggies and tortillas to make street tacos, or mix it with some quinoa and salsa, or just serve it plain as it is.
Tequila Lime Chicken Kabobs -- quick and easy to make, and SO good! |

The chicken is plenty flavorful on its own, yet will also compliment just about any Mexican dish well.

Tequila Lime Chicken Kabobs -- quick and easy to make, and SO good! |

So get grillin’!

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Easy Tequila Lime Chicken Kabobs

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  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 minutes
  • Total Time: 21 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


These delicious tequila lime chicken kabobs are quick and easy to make, perfect for cooking on the grill or in the oven, and so tasty!


  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup freshly-squeezed lime juice
  • 1/3 cup tequila
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil (or any high-heat oil)
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly-cracked black pepper, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • wooden* or metal skewers
  • salt and freshly-cracked black pepper
  • (optional topping: finely-chopped fresh cilantro leaves)


  1. In a large bowl or ziplock bag, mix together garlic, lime juice, tequila, oil, black pepper, cumin and salt until combined.  Add chicken breast pieces, and toss until evenly coated.  Cover or seal, and refrigerate for 30 minutes, or up to 8 hours.
  2. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
  3. Remove chicken from bag, and discard the leftover marinade.  Thread chicken onto skewers*, then season the chicken with a few extra pinches of salt and pepper.  Place skewers on the grill and cook for 6-8 minutes, turning once, until the chicken is cooked through.  Remove and serve immediately, garnished with fresh cilantro if desired.
  4. *If using wooden skewers, be sure to completely soak them in water for at least 10 minutes before threading on the chicken.  This will help prevent them from burning.

Tequila Lime Chicken Kabobs -- quick and easy to make, and SO good! |


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23 comments on “Tequila Lime Chicken Kabobs”

  1. My summer goal is not to turn on the oven! Unless I’m baking short cake for berries…then I make the exception. ;-)

  2. These look great – and a shot of tequila with dinner sounds good too lol.

  3. I’ve been eating out way too often as of late because as soon as the oven goes on at my apartment the AC can’t keep up and it’s a sauna up in that bitch quite quickly – this sounds like a tasty/cheaper alternative to eating out every night. Thanks!

    Josh | The Kentucky Gent

  4. These look so yummy. I love all things kabob — so fun on the grill. Will need to try this marinade! 

  5. They look delicious! Flavorful! Juicy!

  6. I am ALL for recipes that require no oven AND have a little bit of boozy goodness! I can see these kabobs going on my weekly rotation ASAP. Pinned!

  7. This sounds wonderful.  We’ve been learning something about tequila this summer at a wonderful Mexican restaurant.  So we might just end up buying some tequila so I could make this.  :-)    Think about this with lime-cilantro rice…

    • Thank you, Susan! We hope you enjoy these, and also agree they’d be delicious with some lime-cilantro rice!

  8. Summers are meant to grill! Isn’t it? And these kabob pictures are making me hungry! Ali, really great shots and good recipe! thanks for sharing!

  9. Tequila lime anything is a-okay in my book. These look so good!

  10. Another great, quick dish! I used boneless skinless thighs because we find them moister and more flavorful than the tenderloins or breast. Added onions to our skewers and they were terrific!

    • Awesome, we’re so glad you liked it! And we will have to try it with thighs sometime, yum!

  11. I made these for dinner last night and my 18 y/o told me I need to make them again after having his first bite. This coming from a guy who is not a fan of boneless chicken breast is a huge compliment. Even my super picky 16 y/o ate the whole kabob. This recipe was easy and delish and I will certainly make it again.

    • That’s great Linda, we’re so glad it was a hit with your son! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Is there a substitute for the Tequila? Last minute dinner decision and I’m out of Tequila…
    I don’t want to miss this main ingredient and miss out on such a delicious adventure!

    • Hmmm, we’ve gotta say we think that’s a tough ingredient to try and substitute for this recipe!

  13. On the grill sounds great for the summer, but can you offeer up some stovetop and/or oven directions? Thanks!


  14. How would you freeze these to prepare later?