Tequila Marinated Chicken with Rice, Corn and Black Beans

Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 50 min
Serves: 4

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.


2 lb (1 kg) chicken breasts
1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil
4 cloves garlic
1/4 cup (60 mL) lime juice
1/2 cup (125 mL) orange juice
1/4 cup (60 mL) tequila
2 jalapeño pepper
1/4 cup (60 mL) honey
1/4 tsp (1.25 mL) cinnamon, ground
1 tbsp (15 mL) Mexican chili powder (try Ancho or Morita)
1/4 tsp (1.25 mL) allspice, ground
1 cup (250 mL) short grain brown rice
1/2 cup (125 mL) corn niblets, frozen
1 can black beans, drained
1 jalapeño pepper, sliced, for garnish
1 lime, sliced, for garnish


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.