Margarita-Braised Chicken Thighs


This is a lovely, quick, juicy and fruity meal that we all enjoyed.  The chicken has such a nice flavor and easily cooks to perfection.

The seasonings, while simple, give the chicken an appetizing color and help elevate this meal to a fabulous weeknight or weekend meal.

I know a handful of you will ask me if you can substitute chicken breasts for the thighs, and you can, however, you will not experience the same tender, juicy, flavorful meal we have here.  Chicken breasts just don’t share the same yummy qualities thighs do.  But again, that’s up to you.

Overall, you will love this.  It’s awesome.

Preheat oven to 400o F.  Combine flour, paprika and garlic powder in a plastic bag.  Season chicken well with salt.  Place one piece of chicken at a time in the flour mixture, shaking the bag until coated.

Heat 1 Tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add half of the chicken thighs to the pan; cook 4 minutes on each side or until lightly browned.  Repeat with the remaining chicken and Tablespoon of oil.  Transfer chicken to an 11 x 7 inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. 

Add onion to pan; cook 3 minutes.  Add garlic and saute 1 minute.  Combine fruit, juice and tequila in a microwave-safe dish and microwave on high for 2 minutes.  Pour fruit-juice mixture into pan; bring to a boil, scraping pan to loosen browned bits.  Cook 1 minute more.

Pour onion mixture over chicken.  Bake for 20 minutes or until chicken is done.  Season again with salt to taste.

Enjoy this dish, the texture and flavor is wonderful!

Margarita-Braised Chicken Thighs
Adapted from Cooking Light

1/2 cup flour
1 Tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoons garlic powder
8 skinless, boneless chicken thighs (about 1-1/2 pounds)
Salt
2 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
Cooking Spray
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
5 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup dried tropical fruit, chopped (I used pineapple, apricot & golden raisins)
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
1/4 cup tequila

Preheat oven to 400o F.  Combine flour, paprika and garlic powder in a plastic bag.  Season chicken well with salt.  Place one piece of chicken at a time in the flour mixture, shaking the bag until coated.

Heat 1 Tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add half of the chicken thighs to the pan; cook 4 minutes on each side or until lightly browned.  Repeat with the remaining chicken and Tablespoon of oil.  Transfer chicken to an 11 x 7 inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. 

Add onion to pan; cook 3 minutes.  Add garlic and saute 1 minute.  Combine fruit, juice and tequila in a microwave-safe dish and microwave on high for 2 minutes.  Pour fruit-juice mixture into pan; bring to a boil, scraping pan to loosen browned bits.  Cook 1 minute more.  Pour onion mixture over chicken.  Bake for 20 minutes or until chicken is done.  Season again with salt to taste.

I served this with Green Rice.  It’s just Jasmine rice that I added butter, cilantro, green onion and lime juice to.  It’s the perfect side for this meal.

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7 Comments

  1. elizabethk 1

    HOW did you know I was wondering about the rice? 😉 But still it looks so light, and not sticky at all — I have a rice cooker, and have done stove top and oven rice…but would love any hints to do rice better. 😀

    Will you boys eat all that oniony goodness, this is my kinda meal…but think they would shove all that to the side. :(

    Thanks ever so much for all the delicious recipes you share with us — and literally ALL the food you serve to your local community!!

    Happy Holidays- Merry Christmas!!

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  2. elizabethk 2

    I meant *my boys* would shove everything but the chicken and rice to the sides…

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  3. Barbie with a T 3

    Looks like a great healthy alternative to fried chicken, and just as tasty.

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  4. laura 4

    yum! there is something magical about combining tequila and chicken. this looks great.

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  5. Erika 5

    That looks completely delicious and comforting. I may have to give that one a try soon.

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  6. Great recipe. Definitely will keep this on file for when I need ideas for another chicken recipe. Tequilia!!! Wow!!!

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  7. Shelby 7

    This definitely looks and sounds scrumpdillyumptious! :)

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