Rachel Getting Hungry: Tequila Lime Chicken

by Rachel on July 21, 2011

With summer in full swing, I’ve noticed a lot of recipes featuring lime zest as a main ingredient.

I hate zesting, so I tend to avoid these recipes. But when they go and add tequila to the mix, I can’t resist.

After I wrote about my zestaphobia, a lot of people left comments telling me to get a microplane zester. So when it came time to make the tequila lime chicken recipe from Cooking Light magazine, I finally listened.

My hatred of zesting comes from the intense fear that I’m going to grate off some part of my skin (as I’ve done before). Everyone swore that a microplane grater would solve my problem. I was excited to report back and tell everyone they were right, that the microplane grater changed my life and I was going to start sharing a lot more citrusy recipes.

I swiped the first lime twice on the grater…and on the third swipe, took a large chunk out of my thumbnail.

So…that was that.

Anyway, grab the tequila-glazed grilled chicken thigh recipe whether or not you have a microplane zester. They are sweet, spicy, perfectly sticky, and just so yummy.

Unlike the margarita ice cream sandwiches, these actually include the hard stuff.

Your thumbnail will grow back.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 [SMASH] at Sweat. Style. Swoon. July 21, 2011 at 10:31 am

YUM. Completely hungry now. Sorry about your nail! Sounds worth it though.

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2 Courtney July 21, 2011 at 10:33 am

Zesting is a pain – but so many good things come from it – this chicken looks delicious. Also, to make zesting easier, I recommend that you hold the item to be zested in one hand (fingers carefully tucked away!) and then actually move the microplane over the fruit – it gives you more control over the microplane and also helps ensure that you don’t zest hard enough to accidentally get some of the bitter pith of the fruit.

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3 Rachel July 21, 2011 at 10:55 am

Ohhhh, that’s a really good tip! Thank you!

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4 Melanie July 21, 2011 at 2:27 pm

I was just coming to say this – move the zester, not the lime!

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5 Manon July 21, 2011 at 11:41 am

Oh, thank you for reminding me that I need to try that recipe! I slobbered over it when I first saw it in the mag, then completely forgot about it!

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6 Missy Maintains July 21, 2011 at 12:44 pm

I did not even know what zesting really was until this post. Shows how much I cook. I would attempt it if tequila was involved though!

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7 Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble July 21, 2011 at 4:12 pm

That chicken looks like the perfect summer grilling recipe! Yum. Plus if there’s tequila involved I’m definitely in. ;-)

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8 Ashley July 21, 2011 at 4:29 pm

mmm looks yummmy! I have never zested anything before but maybe I will have to try this recipe!

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9 Emily @ Relishments July 21, 2011 at 6:20 pm

Aw, I’m sorry you feel that way! I love my microplane and don’t mind zesting, especially since anything with zest in it tastes delicious. Hopefully zesting works out for you, because I’d love more recipes like this.

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10 KyBizzle July 22, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Be gentle with your zester! Now is not the time to get all S&M. Move the zester and slow it the F down.

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