Applebee's Tequila Lime Chicken copycat chicken by Todd Wilbur
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Applebee's Tequila Lime Chicken

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Menu Description: "A tender boneless chicken breast marinated with lime juice and tequila flavors and grilled. Served on a bed of crisp tortilla strips. Topped with a Mexi-ranch and Jack-Cheddar sauce. Served with Southwest rice and pico de gallo."

Because of the huge success of this dish, Applebee's has recently changed the name to "Fiesta Lime Chicken", and trademarked the name. Many people still know this dish by its original title, so that's what I'm using here. When making this Applebee's Tequila/Fiesta Lime Chicken recipe, just be sure not to marinate the chicken for much longer than the 2 to 3 hours specified, or the acid in the lime juice may toughen your chicken. The bed of crispy corn tortilla strips can be easily made by crumbling store-bought tortilla chips, or, if you want strips more closely resembling those served at the restaurant, just follow the Tidbits below. Serve this fiesta lime grilled chicken dish with your choice of rice and some pico de gallo on the side.

Source: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2 by Todd Wilbur.
Try my improved version in Top Secret Recipes Step-by-Step.


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Nov 12, 2015, 22:00

I made this and it was delicious, however the marinade seemed a bit watered down. I think next time I would add only 1/4-12 cup water instead of a whole cup so I can actually taste the lime and teriyaki. Served it with Spanish rice and pick de gallo on the side w/ a lemon wedge, just like at Applebees! Wonderful! Also, most grocery stores carry the red, white & blue tortilla strips used at the restaurant! Find them in the croutons aisle.

Mar 15, 2012, 22:00

Marinated 2 1/2 hours, but had to broil chicken on high twice as long. Chicken came out very tender. I omited the tequila. The Mexi-Ranch Sauce didn't taste close to the original, so I added 1 tsp ketchup. My family loved it!

I'm Todd Wilbur,
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