I used to love Thursday nights at Chilis! Or maybe it was Wednesdays...
Bottomless chips & salsa and my favorite chicken enchilada soup! Plus, they would have frozen margaritas for $2! Now, that is a college student's dream!
Then, I grew up and checked the nutrition facts- yowza! Chilis now offers some healthier options, but their margarita grilled chicken meal has over 600 calories. And a regular margarita will run you 300 calories and 38 grams of sugar. So, basically half your calories for the day and all of your sugar.
Or with a few simple ingredients, we can marinate our very own margarita chicken. Simple, healthy, delicious, and way less expensive than a night out!
Orange juice and lime juice are acidic. So, it is best to limit the marinating time. Otherwise, the acid will begin to change the surface texture of the chicken. Eventually, it will become stringy and dry. Without an acid present, chicken could be marinated in the fridge for up to 24 hours.
Marinades help to flavor the surface of meat. In addition, salt or sugar will help to tenderize the meat. Even just marinating for 10 minutes will add flavor to the surface of your meat.
Chicken tenderloin is NOT chicken breast cut into smaller pieces. Tenderloin comes from a small muscle that sits just beside the breast. It is not used very often (by the chicken) which accounts for its size and tenderness. Tenderloins are about half the size of a breast. Chicken breasts have less flavor and are more dry.
With just a little tequila, orange juice, and lime juice- this margarita grilled chicken is juicy, flavorful, and can easily be part of a healthy dinner!
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