Fiesta Lime Chicken (Applebee's)

Saturday, April 24, 2010

This is my favorite recipe of all time. I love, love, love Applebee's Fiesta Lime Chicken and I could never find a recipe that even came close, so I had to make one up on my own a few years back. This recipe is the closest that I've come up with.

Fiesta Lime Chicken

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts (4-6)
Tequila Lime Marinade (you can buy this ready made or make your own*)
1/2 c of tequila
Nacho cheese soup (or melted Velveeta, about 1 cup)
sliced Monterey Jack cheese

Method to the Madness

1. Place chicken into large Ziploc bag.

2. Pour marinade into bag and refrigerate
(anywhere from 30 minutes to overnight - it's up to you)

3. Brown chicken, over low heat, in skillet

4. Layer chicken in casserole dish and drizzle with tequila.

5. Top with a spoonful of nacho cheese soup or melted Velveeta.

6. Place Monterey Jack cheese slices on top of soup.

7. Bake @ 350 degrees until cheese is completely melted.

8. Use the leftover tequila and make yourself a margarita.

9. Enjoy.

This is my go to recipe for marinade if I can't find the right one
(I use the HEB brand, it has the best flavor)


  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons liquid smoke flavoring
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 cup tequila
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Place the garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and cayenne pepper into a mixing bowl. Whisk in the liquid smoke, lime juice, tequila, vegetable oil, and cilantro until evenly blended.
  2. To use the marinade, pour into a resealable plastic bag


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