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Old 05-11-2006, 10:16 AM   #11
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I'm going to go search for the thread everyone is speaking about and see if I can find tricky steps that might cause the recipe go wrong.
Nothing tricky in this recipe. I (and others) just did not find it to be as "exciting" as all the press it got.

I too like the taste of Tequila and Lime, but from now on I will drink it instead of cook it....
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Old 05-11-2006, 10:44 AM   #12
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Is this the recipe that everyone was talking about? I found it mentioned in another thread.

This looks very much like a concoction I've been using for a few years. The seasonings look nearly identical to what I use, but I think that's entirely too much citrus juice to use in a marinade, and entirely too long to let the chicken marinate in that much citrus. I can only imagine the toughness of the meat and the flavor of lime invading every corner of your mouth. Almost like a lime-chicken flavored sour candy....

I've also never grilled my tequila-lime chicken, but I very much doubt that is the cause of your troubles.

Here's the problem: you really want that lime-tequila flavor in your chicken, and you'd almost have to use as much citrus juice as that marinade calls for to permeate the chicken, but the acid also "cooks" it while delivering too strong a flavor.

I always cook the chicken using a little bit of tequila, 1/2 a cup sounds right for the amount of chicken in the recipe. When it is nearly finished cooking I like to spike it with a little bit of lime, not drown it. I also always use my tequila-lime chicken almost exclsively for chicken tacos, so here is where I differ. I use equal parts of thinly sliced red onions, red/yellow bell peppers, and then some roughly chopped cilantro as a vegetable topping for my tacos. I toss these veggies in a little bit of lime juice, b/c they'll hold onto the flavor a little easier than the chicken will. This way, you have the tequila flavor in your chicken to match the slightly "limey" flavor of your veggies, and they really combine well this way, IMO.

If you would rather serve the whole chicken breast as described in the recipe then I would suggest mixing together the same combination of veggies listed above, and cook them to use as a side, maybe with some rice, for your chicken. If you dont like that idea either, then I would suggest tweaking that marinade. When I look at it the amount of acid in it really sticks out to me as the most likely problem. Tequila-lime chicken really is a very tasty dish.
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Old 05-11-2006, 05:14 PM   #13
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O.K. It looks like this subject will live-on... so....
My answer to my own question would be- yes the recipe looks good, but it actually did not deliver-when directions were followed.

As an alternative, take a whole chicken, run your hand under the skin over the breasts and around the legs, then rub in some EVOO, plus garlic mixed with a little lime and orange juice, lime zest and thyme, plus Tequila. (if you want to add in some chili powder that would be good too)

Into the cavity of the chicken stuff several more cloves of crushed garlic and one whole lemon cut in half., along with one or two sprigs of rosemary.

Bake in oven at low temperature (oh, call it 275) until your temperature probe inserted in the thickest part of the thigh reads 170.

The cook should drink one or two shots of tequila as you do this procedure.

Serve with roasted fingerling potatoes and side salad of young tender spring greens or mesculin mix, light oil and red wine vinegar dressing. A chilled sauvignon blanc for the guests, and for dessert a nice cream havarti-dill cheese with soft crackers.
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