Margarita-Brined Chicken Recipe

This is a great summer time item to grill, for family, friends, just anybody that you can thing of. The longer the chicken soaks the more of the Latin flavors are infused in the meat, and the better the taste. The recipe is simple to follow and easy to prepare. You soak the chicken in a citrus-and-tequila-spiked brine to infuse Latin flavors and keep the chicken moist as it is grilled. Pat the skin dry before grilling, and start skin-side down to ensure it gets good and crispy. Feel free to sub orange juice for tequila and lemons or oranges for limes, and be sure to grill extra citrus for a pretty and functional garnish. This and many more recipes will be coming soon.


1 cup water

1/4 cup kosher salt

2 tbsp. light brown sugar

1 cup cold water

1/2 cup tequila

3 tbsp. orange zest

1/2 cup fresh orange juice

3 tbsp. lime zest

1 tbsp. whole black peppercorns

6 bone-in chicken breasts

vegetable cooking spray

2 tbsp. olive oil

1 tsp. kosher salt

1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

6 limes, halved

Garnish: fresh cilantro


1. Bring first 3 ingredients to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Boil, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes or until salt and sugar dissolve. Remove saucepan from heat; let stand 10 minutes. Pour mixture into a large bowl; stir in 1 cup cold water, 1/2 cup tequila, and next 4 ingredients. Submerge chicken in brine; cover and chill 6 to 12 hours.

2. Coat cold grill grate with cooking spray. Preheat grill to 350 degrees to 400 degrees (medium-high) heat. Remove chicken from bowl; discard brine. Pat chicken dry with paper towels, and brush skin with olive oil. Sprinkle chicken with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Let stand at room temperature 20 minutes.

3. Grill chicken, covered with grill lid, 40 to 45 minutes or until done, turning occasionally. Transfer chicken to a platter. Grill limes, cut sides down 1 to 2 minutes or until charred. Serve limes with chicken.

Servings: 6

Prep. Time: 7 to 13 Hours

Grill Time: About 45 minutes

Total Time: 7 Hours, 45 minutes to 13 hours, 45 minutes

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