Monday, August 8, 2011

Tequila-Glazed Grilled Chicken Thighs

The other day, Adam informed me that he didn't consider grilling to be a chore. Which, he apparently considers any other kind of cooking.

Um, major win for me!

Now all I have to do is find lots, and lots, and lots of grilling recipes. :) Oh, and I suppose I should keep the fridge stocked with some nice cold beverages for him too.

As of late, I've been shying away from using full chicken breasts as the main focus of the meal. I think I was scarred when Adam begged me to stop at one point as it seemed that is all we were eating. And I have to admit, he had a point. I had stuffed, baked, and pan-fried our way into chicken breast overdose.

After running across this recipe in a recent issue of Cooking Light, I knew it was time to break the "no-chicken-only" streak. That's right, 7 months without a meal planned around a solitary breast of chicken. (Okay, minus one meal, but I digress, as it was part of a Recipe Re-Do.)

And well, it might have been the tequila-glaze that won me over. Let's just be honest. With pineapple and lime juice? We can all use a little Hawaiian flair in our lives.

Psssh, and anyways. These are thighs, not chicken breasts. It shouldn't even count.

Tequila-Glazed Grilled Chicken Thighs

Adapted from: Cooking Light, June 2011

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 1 package)
3/4 cup pineapple juice
1/3 cup tequila
1/4 cup honey
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons water
2 teaspoons lime zest
3 tablespoons lime juice
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper

Preheat grill. (Indirect and direct heat will both be used, so if using a gas grill, preheat one side to medium-high and the other to medium-low. If using a charcoal grill, heat coals, then place in a pile on one side of the grill.)

In a small bowl, combine cumin, chili powder, salt, and chipotle chili powder. Rub the spices evenly over both sides of the chicken thighs.

In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, stir together the pineapple juice, tequila, and honey. Bring to a boil and cook 10 minutes, or until reduced to about 3/4 cup. Meanwhile, in another small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and water. Once juice mixture has reduced, stir in cornstarch slurry. Whisking constantly, bring to a boil and cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat, stir in zest, lime juice, and red pepper.

Arrange chicken on grill rack over direct heat. Cover and grill for 5 minutes, basting with redued juice mixture once. Flip chicken, baste, cover and grill for another 5 minutes. Move chicken to indirect heat. Baste, then cover and grill for 5 minutes. Repeat on the other side for an additional 5 minutes, or until chicken is done.

Serves: 6

This type of recipe works out perfectly, as it lets both of us get in on the cooking action. I prepped the chicken and part of the glaze, he did the other half of the glaze and grilled the chicken. Please just excuse the anemic looking asparagus... it was an afterthought we dug out of the depths of the fridge.

We both really enjoyed these -- there might not have been any leftover for the next day. (Although I totally am blaming the other party involved here.) The thighs cook up perfectly juicy with a nice sweetness from the pineapple juice accented by the heat from the red pepper flakes and chipotle chili powder. Definitely a great change of pace from what we've been eating.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 185g
Amount per serving
Calories 315Calories from fat 78
% Daily Value
Total Fat 8.6g13%
Saturated Fat 2.3g12%
Cholesterol 101mg34%
Sodium 395mg16%
Total Carbs 17.8g6%
Sugars 14.9g
Protein 33.1g
Vitamin A 5%Vitamin C 11%
Calcium 3%Iron 11%


  1. Love tequila glazed anything! These thighs look wonderful!

  2. These sound just perfect. I have to try this recipe sometime.

  3. Yummy!! I saw this recipe in Cooking Light as well and have had it saved, looks like I should make it soon!! :)

  4. Great recipe, and a good excuse to buy some tequila!

  5. This looks so juicy and tasty. Lovely recipe. Great way to break the no chicken only streak. Looks totally worth it.

  6. Oh wow, that is an amazing glaze! I definitely need to try this and soon

  7. Oooh yeah. This sounds like my kind of chicken but sadly, the more I cook, the less skilled at grilling my BF has become... Guess I'll have to 'man' the grill for this one too!



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