Applebee's Tequila Lime Chicken Recipe

Applebee's Tequila Lime Chicken is easy to make at home.  If you can, make sure and grill the chicken for that smoky authentic, Applebee's taste.  But, if you don't have the time or it's not grilling season, just cook the chicken on the stove top or oven.  I've done it both ways and the magic here is in the topping and marinade.  Make some delicious Applebee's Tequila Lime Chicken anytime.

  • 1 (5 ounce) boneless skinless Chicken Breast
  • 1/2 cup Lime Juice
  • 1/4 cup Tequila (non-alcoholic may be used)
  • 1/2 cup Tortilla Chips
  • 1/4 cup Mexi-ranch Dressing (recipe to follow)
  • 1/4 cup shredded Cheddar Jack Cheese


  1. To prepare chicken, pour lime juice and tequila into a sealable plastic bag. 
  2. Place chicken in bag and chill. Marinate chicken overnight.
  3. Set oven to broil.
  4. Start a fire in your grill.
  5. Remove chicken from marinade and grill over medium heat 10 minutes or until thoroughly cooked.
  6. Scatter tortilla chips on an oven-safe plate. 
  7. Place chicken on top of tortilla chips. 
  8. Pour Mexi-ranch dressing over chicken. 
  9. Cover with the shredded Cheddar jack cheese. 
  10. Place chicken under the broiler until cheese is melted. Be careful, plate will be hot!

Serve with Pico de Gallo and Spanish rice on the side.

Mexi-ranch Dressing Recipe

  • 1 tablespoon salsa
  • 3 tablespoons ranch dressing
  1. Mix in a small bowl

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...


I am trying to find the recipe for the regular ranch dressing that Applebee's serves. it has a big of a zing to it and I would love to be able to make it at home. Thanks for your help. i will check your page for an answer