Prep Time:  240 mins
Cook Time:  15 mins
Total Time:  255 mins
Servings:  4
Fiesta Lime Chicken recipe with spanish rice

You can create a fiesta any night of the week with this fiesta lime chicken recipe from pitmaster Christie Vanover of Girls Can Grill. The chicken is marinated in a bath of tequila, lime juice and umami flavors. Then it’s seared up on a griddle and topped with taco ranch sauce and pepper jack cheese. To make it a quick meal, serve it on a bed of packaged Spanish rice that can be heated up on the griddle right next to the chicken.


  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil

Ingredients for Tequila Lime Marinade

  • ½ cup water
  • 1 Tbsp tequila
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp taco seasoning

Ingredients for Taco Ranch Sauce

  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tsp ranch seasoning
  • 2 tsp taco seasoning

Ingredients for the Finishing Touches

  • 4 pepper jack cheese slices
  • ½ cup pico de gallo
  • ½ cup tortilla strips
  • 2 pouches pre-cooked Spanish rice

Items You'll Need


  1. Pound the chicken with a meat mallet, so the thickness is even.
  2. Combine the marinade ingredients. Place in a zip-top bag or bowl with the chicken. Marinate in the refrigerator for 4 hours.
  3. While the chicken is marinating, combine the sauce ingredients. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  4. Heat griddle to medium heat (425-450°F degrees). Drizzle with canola oil.
  5. flipping chicken breasts on griddle
  6. Place the chicken breasts on the oiled griddle. Cook for 4 minutes. Flip. Cook for 4 more minutes.
  7. While the chicken is cooking, add the packages of pre-cooked Spanish rice to the griddle. Toss with spatulas to heat.
  8. Spoon the ranch sauce onto each chicken breast and top with a slice of pepper jack cheese. Finish cooking until the cheese is melted and the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F degrees.
  9. Remove from the griddle and garnish with pico de gallo and tortilla strips. Serve with Spanish rice.
  10. plated fiesta lime chicken with spanish rice