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Tequila Marinated Chicken with Rice, Corn and Black Beans

Tequila keeps the chicken in this Mexican-inspired recipe wonderfully moist. Black beans and sweet corn bring together all the flavours in this dish, making it a savoury delight.
Serves: 4
Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 50 min


2 lb chicken breasts
1 tbsp olive oil
4 cloves garlic
¼ cup lime juice
½ cup orange juice
¼ cup tequila
2 jalapeño pepper
¼ cup honey
¼ tsp cinnamon, ground
1 tbsp Mexican chili powder (try Ancho or Morita)
¼ tsp allspice, ground
1 cup short grain brown rice
½ cup corn niblets, frozen
1 can black beans, drained
1 jalapeño pepper, sliced, for garnish
1 lime, sliced, for garnish

Food Safety

Before you start, wash all surfaces and your hands with soap and warm water, and remember to wash your hands, utensils and cutting boards after they touch raw meat or eggs. Avoid cross-contamination by using a different cutting board for your meat and other ingredients. Make sure you’re cooking to safe temperatures and chilling any leftovers within two hours. For more food safety tips, visit our Food Safety at Home Section.


  1. Remove skin from the chicken breasts and put chicken in a re-sealable plastic bag.

  2. In a blender or food processor, puré oil, garlic, lime juice, orange juice, tequila, peppers, honey, cinnamon, chili powder and all spice. Pour one quarter of the mixture over the chicken. Seal bag and toss so that the sauce coats all the pieces. Refrigerate up to 24 hours.

  3. Put the remaining marinade in the fridge.

  4. Preheat the barbecue. Drain chicken pieces then grill for 15-20 minutes per side, turning once, until crispy and browned and a thermometer inserted into the thickest piece reads 165°F (74°C).

  5. Bring reserved marinade to a boil in a small pot. Reduce heat and simmer until the sauce has reduced to ½ the original volume.

  6. Cook rice according to package directions in unsalted water. Stir in frozen corn and black beans during last 5 minutes of cooking. Fluff with fork.

  7. To serve, place rice over a large serving platter and top with cooked chicken breasts. Garnish with slices of jalapeño pepper and lime and serve with the reduced tequila sauce.

Nutrition Info

Per 595 g serving Amount
Protein64 g
Fat10 g
Saturated Fat2 g
Carbohydrate84 g
Fibre11 g
Sugar22 g
Cholesterol130 mg
Sodium360 mg
Per 595 g serving % Daily Value
Vitamin A15
Vitamin C50
Vitamin B685
Vitamin B1243