Zesty Tequila Lime Chicken with Char-Grilled Pineapple


Savor the tropical flavors with our Zesty Tequila Lime Chicken accompanied by Char-Grilled Pineapple. This dish marries the tangy zest of lime and the bold kick of tequila with the sweet, smoky char of grilled pineapple, creating a summer fiesta on your plate. Perfect for outdoor grilling or an exotic dinner at home!

Zesty Tequila Lime Chicken with Char-Grilled Pineapple

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 1 hour (for marinating)
  • Cooking Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: 1 chicken breast with pineapple slices

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 310 kcal
  • Protein: 28 g
  • Carbohydrates: 18 g
  • Fat: 12 g
  • Sodium: 200 mg
  • Sugar: 10 g


  • 4 chicken breasts (about 800 g or 1.76 lbs or 28.2 oz)
  • 250 ml (8.45 fl oz) tequila
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1 fresh pineapple, peeled and sliced into rings
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 30 ml (1 fl oz) olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh cilantro, for garnish

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Marinate Chicken: In a bowl, mix tequila, lime juice, garlic, and olive oil. Add chicken breasts, ensuring they are fully submerged. Marinate for at least 1 hour in the refrigerator.
  2. Preheat Grill: Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
  3. Grill Pineapple: Grill pineapple slices for 2-3 minutes per side until charred. Set aside.
  4. Cook Chicken: Remove chicken from the marinade and season with salt and pepper. Grill for 10 minutes per side or until fully cooked.
  5. Serve: Slice the chicken and serve with grilled pineapple rings. Garnish with fresh cilantro.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Marinating Time: For deeper flavor, marinate the chicken overnight.
  • Grill Marks: For perfect grill marks, don’t move the chicken or pineapple too much while grilling.
  • Serving Suggestion: Serve with a side of grilled vegetables or a fresh salad.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I make this dish without tequila?

Yes, you can substitute tequila with a mix of pineapple juice and apple cider vinegar for a non-alcoholic version.

How do I know when the chicken is fully cooked?

The chicken is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (75°C).

Can this recipe be made in a pan?

Absolutely, you can use a grill pan on the stove to achieve similar results.