Tequila Marinated Chicken

Just like a Margaritta but dinner instead! This dish was inspired by the bottle of tequila my Mum got for me duty free a couple of weeks ago.  The lime juice, tequila and pineapple juice make this a quick marinade and we’ve stepped it up a notch in flavour with some garlic and chilli.  I prefer to roast in the oven but this can be easily done on the BBQ for a summer of butterflied chicken and cocktails.


  • Plain Butterflied Chicken
  • 60ml Tequila
  • 125ml Pineapple juice
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 2 tbsp olive oil


  • Combine all marinade ingredients in a large glass dish.
  • Place your butterflied chicken into the dish and turn to coat on all sides.
  • Leave to marinated for 1 to 3 hours.  Don’t let it marinated too much longer due to the ‘acids’ in this marinade.
  • Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees.
  • Gently lift your chicken out of the dish and allow the excess marinade to drain back into the dish.  Reserve the marinade.
  • Place your butterflied chicken into a roasting dish and roast for 15 mins.
  • Baste with reserved marinade and cook for a further 30 mins.
  • Allow your chicken to rest for 5 mins before slicing into pieces and serving.  If cooking this in Summer, we recommend serving with a crispy green salad.  If its Winter then make sure to roast a tray of vegies whilst the chicken is cooking.  Our favourites are beetroot, pumpkin and zucchini.
About Michele Lyons
Michele Lyons spent 25 years working in the corporate environment with 10 years as an Executive Assistant at a senior level. A couple of years ago Michele decided to forgo the long hours in the city to work closer to home and spend more time with her two teenage boys. Michele started working with us at the Farmers Markets and her excellent organisation skills meant she quickly moved into the office. Since Michele joined The Free Range Butcher her role has expanded to include all things administration, recipe testing, inspirational ideas, marketing, communications and all round keeping the team organised and on track. As long as Michele’s has had her morning coffee you can ask her anything!

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