Guacamole Tequila-Lime Chicken
with radish and romaine salad
A dash of tequila gives this chicken a sophisticated taste (but feel free to leave it out too and just save it for your margaritas!). Topped with guacamole and a simple salad, this is a meal you'll come back to over and over all summer long. Our veggie members will be enjoying some Latin flavors with crunchy breaded tofu instead, which will provide a nice contrast to creamy guac.
Smart tip: Make your guacamole ahead of time (just try not to eat it all!) and prevent it from browning by smoothing it out and pouring a layer of water on top. Just drain when you're ready to eat.
- Cilantro - 1/4 bunch, chopped
- Shallots - 1 bulb, minced
- Garlic - 2 cloves, pressed
- Avocado - 2, seeded & cubed
- Limes - 1, juice of
- Hot sauce - to taste
- Chicken breasts - 1 lb
- Tequila (opt) - 1 Tbsp
- Soy sauce, low-sodium - 1 Tbsp
- Lime juice - 1 1/2 Tbsp
- Brown sugar - 2 tsp
- Cooking oil - 1 Tbsp
- Cilantro - 1 Tbsp, chopped
- Radishes - 1/2 lb, sliced
- Cucumbers - 1/2 lb, chopped
- Romaine lettuce - 1/2 head, chopped
- Dijon mustard - 1 tsp
- Honey - 1 tsp
- Red wine vinegar - 1 1/2 Tbsp
- Cooking oil - 3 Tbsp
- Cotija cheese or queso fresco - 2 oz, crumbled
- Chicken breasts - Halve (chicken will cook a lot faster this way). Mix together tequila, soy sauce, lime juice, brown sugar, and oil. Cover chicken breasts in marinade and tenderize with a fork. (Can be done up to 1 day ahead)
- Cilantro (for guac and vinaigrette) / Shallots / Garlic - Prep as directed. For the cilantro in the vinaigrette, double for tomorrow night’s dinner. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
- Make guacamole - Scoop avocado out of its skin. Use a knife to mash avocado, cilantro, shallots, and garlic together. Season guacamole with lime juice, hot sauce, salt and pepper. If making ahead, pour a thin layer of water over guac, which will prevent it from browning and just drain it out before serving. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
- Radishes / Cucumbers / Romaine lettuce - You can go ahead and double amounts if you're also making tomorrow night's dinner, which features the same salad.
- If making chicken on stovetop: Heat a skillet or grill pan over medium-high heat. Add chicken to hot pan and sear for 3 to 5 minutes on each side until you get nice grill marks or chicken is golden. Turn heat down to low, cover with foil and cook until chicken reaches 165F (74C) degrees or is pretty firm when you press on it.
- If making chicken on grill: Preheat grill to 400 degrees, keeping one part on higher heat and another part on lower heat. Clean grates and add chicken pieces to higher heat part. Sear on both sides for 2 to 3 minutes and then move to lower heat. Close grill cover and cook until 165F (74C) degrees, about another 3 to 5 minutes. Since we halved the chicken, it shouldn’t be too long.
- Double vinaigrette if making tomorrow night's dinner. Whisk together cilantro, Dijon, honey, red wine vinegar, and oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Toss vinaigrette with radishes, cucumber, and lettuce. Top with cotija or queso fresco.
- Enjoy chicken with guacamole and a side of salad.
LOVED the marinade for the chicken! Just made it a salad instead of doing everything on the side and left off the dressing.0 Helpful
Great favors! Doubled for a fast dinner tomorrow.0 Helpful
Chicken was great -- we had tiny breasts so it didn't really require cooking beyond the searing. Rubbed cayenne on the meat before marinating. Our avocados were a little under-ripe so it was more of an avocado salsa than guacamole -- still tasty though! The salad was bland compared to the chicken and guac. We used feta though -- maybe if we had used the right cheese?0 Helpful
Loved the easy prep. Could definitely taste the tequila which gave the dish a unique (but not alcohol-y) flavor - will be making this again. Can't go wrong with fresh guac!0 Helpful
Yummy! Really liked it. Great idea to add guacamole as a topping for the chicken0 Helpful
Very tasty and easy to make! I used mixed greens instead of romaine and omitted the radishes.0 Helpful