Tequila-Glazed Grilled Chicken Thighs

Tequila-Glazed Grilled Chicken Thighs at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.com

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Start the grilling over direct heat to get good grill marks and charred bits, and then move to indirect heat to gently finish the cooking. Serve with lime wedges.

Tequila-Glazed Grilled Chicken Thighs at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.com

Tequila-Glazed Grilled Chicken Thighs

From Cooking Light Way To Cook: Grilling


  • 1 1⁄2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 3⁄4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
  • 6 bone-in chicken thighs (about 2 pounds), skinned
  • 3⁄4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1⁄3 cup tequila
  • 1⁄4 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 2 teaspoons grated lime rind
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • Cooking spray


  1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat using the burners on both sides of your grill. After preheating, turn the left burners off and leave the right burners on.
  2. Combine first 4 ingredients in a small bowl. Rub evenly over chicken.
  3. Combine pineapple juice, tequila, and honey in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Cook until reduced to 3⁄4 cup (about 10 minutes). Combine cornstarch and 2 teaspoons water in a small bowl, and stir well. Add cornstarch mixture to juice mixture, stirring constantly with a whisk. Bring to a boil, and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, and stir in lime rind, 3 tablespoons lime juice, and red pepper.
  4. Place chicken on grill rack coated with cooking spray over right burners (direct heat). Cover and grill 5 minutes on each side, basting occasionally with juice mixture. Move chicken to grill rack over left burners (indirect heat). Cover and grill an additional 5 minutes on each side or until done, basting occasionally.
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 25 Minutes
Total Time: 40 Minutes
Servings: Serves 6
  • Serving size: 1 thigh
  • Calories: 241
  • Calories from Fat: 7.6g
  • Saturated fat: 2.1g
  • Sodium: 374mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 17.2g
  • Fiber: 0.4g
  • Protein: 18g
  • Cholesterol: 64mg

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3 thoughts on “Tequila-Glazed Grilled Chicken Thighs

  1. Travis Ehrenstrom

    I took my first stab at this recipe last night and it blew me out of the water! Specifically the nuances of the tequila and lime flavors really made this dish excellent.

    Thanks for taking the time to write down this recipe.

    I served this as a dinner for our guests and it was perfect because everyone loves chicken!

    Thanks again!


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