Tequila-Glazed Grilled Chicken Thighs

It’s time to hit the Grill and I found a tasty sweet chicken recipe to do it with!  I really like my food to be sweet and spicy combination so this lacked the spicy end of it and I will definitely try it with 2 TBls of Cayenne next time for the kick  it was missing.  I grabbed yet another recipe from Cooking Light.  The only disappointing part is 1 chicken thigh is 241 calories….but good if you get your work out in before diving into these. 😉

  • YIELD: 6 servings (serving size: 1 thigh)
  • HANDS-ON: 40 MINUTES
  • TOTAL: 1 HOURS
  • COURSE: Main Dishes
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
  • 6 bone-in chicken thighs (about 2 pounds), skinned
  • 3/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/3 cup tequila
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 2 teaspoons grated lime rind
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • Cooking spray
Preparation
  • 1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat using both burners. After preheating, turn the left burner off (leave the right burner on).
  • 2. Combine the first 4 ingredients in a small bowl; rub evenly over chicken.
  • 3. Bring the pineapple juice, tequila, and honey to a boil in a small saucepan; cook until reduced to 3/4 cup (about 10 minutes). Combine cornstarch and 2 teaspoons water in a small bowl, and stir well. Add cornstarch mixture to juice mixture, stirring constantly with a whisk. Bring to a boil, and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, and stir in lime rind, 3 tablespoons lime juice, and red pepper.
  • 4. Place chicken on grill rack coated with cooking spray over right burner (direct heat). Cover and grill for 5 minutes on each side, basting occasionally with juice mixture. Move the chicken to grill rack over left burner (indirect heat). Cover and grill an additional 5 minutes on each side or until done, basting occasionally.

David Bonom, Cooking Light
JUNE 2011

Nutritional Information

  • Amount per serving
  • Calories: 241
  • Fat: 7.6g
  • Saturated fat: 2.1g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 2.8g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.7g
  • Protein: 18g
  • Carbohydrate: 17.2g
  • Fiber: 0.4g
  • Cholesterol: 64mg
  • Iron: 1.2mg
  • Sodium: 374mg
  • Calcium: 19mg
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