Marinating the chicken in a seasoned tequila mixture isn't just for show: alcohol's ability to play well with both the fat (which in this case is the chicken drumsticks) and water molecules (punchy aromatics like lime juice and garlic), make it a great vehicle for infusing something with a lot of flavor. And while the ingredient list sure does evoke the flavor (and alcohol content) of a classic margarita, the alcohol gets cooked off as it bakes, making this recipe family-friendly! 



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Instructions Checklist
  • Combine tequila, lime juice, honey, salt, pepper, chicken, and oil in a large resealable bag. Place in a baking dish and let stand at room temperature, turning bag occasionally, 1 hour.

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Remove chicken from marinade, allowing excess to drip back into bag; pat dry. Reserve marinade. Place chicken on a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet. Bake until cooked through and golden brown, about 40 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, transfer marinade to a saucepan and boil over medium-high heat until thickened and reduced to 1/3 cup, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer chicken to a serving platter and immediately brush with glaze. Serve warm or room temperature, with clementine wedges.

Reviews (3)

153 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 26
  • 4 star values: 36
  • 3 star values: 50
  • 2 star values: 30
  • 1 star values: 11
Rating: 1 stars
As mentioned above this is way to salty! I ruined 4-1/2 pounds of chicken, does anyone proof these recipes before they post them?
Rating: 2 stars
This recipe is way too salty. I sensed this and tried to compensate by adding only a third of the amount, and it was still way too salty in the final glaze. Also, the lackluster flavor of the marinade and glaze is not compelling enough to make this recipe again. Very disappointing in a highlighted event menu.
Rating: Unrated
Making it right now for the Grammy's! I must have had the burner up too high when reducing the marinade because it burst into flames. I am a firefighter so I wasn't too alarmed......note to self....."medium high" for marinade. It smells fantastic.