Tequila Cilantro Lime Chicken

I just need to say THANK YOU to all the wonderful people who wrote in yesterday and helped me out with our wedding playlist! You guys are seriously the best! And WAY more helpful than our wedding guests. I may just invite you all last minute so be ready to use your miles for a quick trip to Jamaica! Cool? Kcool.

So guess what? We officially have our lives back in order:

  1. New sewer line – check
  2. Bush and tree removal – check
  3. New fence – check
  4. Fixed fridge – check
  5. Taxes done – check
  6. Packed for Jamaica – check
  7. No money – check

Even though we are poor, we have our love, right? “Love is all you need.” NAME THAT MOVIE!

We are slowly becoming neighbors that people want to live next to. We still need new grass, flowers, driveway, and other landscaping to look like we have our sh*t together, but we’re getting closer. Then we still need to actually fully decorate the inside of our house. Just a few minor things to do. IT’S NEVER ENDING! How do people pay for children while still able to do things they love and decorate the home they bought? Makes no sense.

You guys…I can’t even right now. I’m so freaking excited to leave for Jamaica for our wedding. I have no idea what we will have to do wedding wise once we get there (since we really haven’t planned any of the wedding yet) but I do know that 2 of our friends will already be there, waiting for us in the lobby…with a dirty banana. HOORAY! And I do know that I can’t wait to share all the fun outfits I brought and swimsuits I found. I will still have a blog post ready to go Monday-Friday next week for you guys (the recipes are AWESOME next week!) and I still plan on sharing stuff on social media, including some photos and snapchats from our wedding day! I seriously CANNOT WAIT to show you all my wedding dress! Fingers crossed that the photographer there gets at least a few good photos! So stay tuned on social media, I’ll definitely be keeping you guys updated! I’m even wearing a reader’s veil at my wedding so PaleOMG is definitely still present the entire day and I want you guys to all feel part of it since many of you have followed me since 5 years ago, when I was single and complaining about the douches of the world. So excited to share this moment with all of you!!!

PaleOMG Tequila Cilantro Lime Chicken


Tequila Cilantro Lime Chicken

  • Yield: 3-4 1x



For the marinade

  • 3 chicken breasts, butterflied
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoke paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 jalapeno, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • zest of 1 lime
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, minced
  • 1 ounce silver agave tequila

For the toppings

  • 12 tablespoons ghee
  • 2 red bell peppers, chopped
  • 12 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • salt, to taste


  1. Place chicken in a dish. Whisk all ingredients for the marinade together then pour over the chicken. Cover and place in the fridge to marinate for 3+ hours. I marinated mine for 24 hours.
  2. Heat up grill or grill pan and grease. Once very hot, put chicken out of marinade and place on grill or grill pan to cook for 4-5 minutes per side, or until cooked through and no pink remains.
  3. While chicken cooks, place a medium pan over medium heat. Add ghee along with red bell peppers. Let cook until peppers begin to brown and soften, about 8-10 minutes. Once done, add cilantro, lime juice and salt and mix to combine.
  4. Top chicken with bell pepper mixture! Eat on up!

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39 thoughts on “Tequila Cilantro Lime Chicken”

  1. YUM! Can’t wait to try. Love Actually is the movie – pretty sure, great flick.

    I don’t have children but I can relate to how much decorating a house is plus trying to the do the things you love. Doesn’t seem like you can throw children in that mix without getting rid of one! I think you have to decide what you really really want…a nice house and doing the things you love…or children. Can you have all three because I would love to know?!?!

  2. SO happy for you! This will be the best week of your life and I know you will look ridiculously gorgeous! Get. It. Girl.

  3. We’re leaving for Jamaica tomorrow morning! I’ll be imagining your beautiful wedding as I sit on the beach with a cocktail. 🙂

  4. So happy for you! Honestly, you deserve the best.
    Also, glad everything is falling into place. It’ll be nice not to come back to a disaster of a home.

  5. So excited to try this!! I had tequila chicken in mexico this year and man do I miss it, have a blast in Jamaica!! Make sure to snap chat lots so I can get away from this SNOW here 🙁

  6. To get serious for a sec… I think it’s the newer phenomenon of social media shoving perfect lives and beautiful homes and well dressed children in everyone’s face that makes people THINK that’s the norm. The girl who is wearing a new outfit in every post? She’s getting paid to wear it; she didn’t buy it herself. The family who is dressed in adorable colorful clothes? Sponsored. The new living room layout with all new Target stuff? Funded by Target! We see these images and slowly it becomes what we want, and what we’re striving for. Keeping up with the Joneses when the Joneses are sponsored. WOOF.

    Normal people don’t have beautiful homes, ever-changing wardrobes, AND money in the bank. People with normal salaries and no corporate sponsors can’t replicate the bizarro perfect lives they are being fed on social media. And to try to replicate it is exhausting and crazy making (and financially absurd). It’s okay if your (anyone reading’s) life doesn’t look like that, because THAT’S NOT REAL LIFE.

    So thanks for being one of the bloggers who is honest about real life!

    (I just had a big budget discussion with my BF and so it’s been on my mind- I’m trying very hard to not chase an internet ideal life and instead focus on my long term savings goals)

    Have an awesome time in Jamaica and congrats on your marriage!!

    1. well i definitely try to keep it as real as i can. social media definitely makes it feel like everyone lives these perfect lives and we’re just over here hanging out in a dirt back yard lol! thanks for being so awesome, bridget!

  7. Hey Juli. Just wanted to wish you an awesome wedding in Jamaica! Husband and I were together for 12 years before getting married, partly because we didn’t think it would change anything (we moved in together after 6 months of dating), but it did. Marriage brought us closer together. It’s nice and something to look forward to. Enjoy your vacation and the beautiful body you have worked so hard for. Thank you for the great recipes on your site.

    1. i’ve heard from many people that being married is just different, they can’t explain it but it just feels different, in a good way! can’t wait to experience that! thanks so much for the sweet words!

  8. This looks awesome. Making it tomorrow!

    As for doing it all…you can’t. We’ve been in our house 11 years, and have purchased furniture for 2 rooms. The rest is hand-me-downs from family. Any wall hangings or pictures have been gifts. My dishes don’t match. My silverware doesn’t match. The sheets don’t match. BUT, we have 3 awesome kiddos and we have a ton of fun. We decided to put our money into experiences instead of stuff, and I have no regrets (except when I visit my SIL whose house is perfect ).

    Also, thanks for answering me about sleep on Tuesday. You’re the best. Good luck next week!

  9. Having kids is a bitch but it’s the most rewarding bitch you’ll ever experience. My 4 year old daughter is the reason we always say this is why we can’t have nice things! We just try to focus on giving them a happy life and showing them that “stuff” isn’t important! Anyway, I wish you the best of luck for a perfect wedding day and I can’t wait to see all of your pictures!

  10. Very glad to hear you are not staying off social media during your wedding. Your snapchat is effing hilarious. Best wishes on your wedding next week!

  11. Once again, Congratulations! I cannot wait to hear how Jamaica is–I’ve been to Cancun and it’s stunning! I can imagine how amazing everywhere else in Jamaica is! Anyways, how do you butterfly chicken? Is it a way to cut it or peel the skin off?

  12. congrats on your up coming wedding! This looks amazing, but I have a question…is there anything I can use in place of the tequila? I don’t like to keep alcohol in the house…Thanks in advance! LOVE all your recipes!

    1. not sure since i haven’t tried anything else but i checked out google and it said cactus or agave nectar or orange juice might work!

  13. This recipe was yummy! I loved the flavor of the marinade. I paired it with the pico de gallo salad for you new cookbook and it made for a great dinner!

  14. This is a fantastic week night recipe! Absolutely love it. The only change I made was I cooked the red peppers in grassfed butter instead of ghee.

  15. This was SO SO good! I doubled the recipe and we will be happily eating the leftovers this week!

    1. not sure since i haven’t tried anything else but i checked out google and it said cactus or agave nectar or orange juice might work!

  16. Hi. Can chicken also be done on the grill? Sorry, I’m a strict recipe follower since my cooking is all done by following recipes to a T! Thanks

  17. Made this last week and it was AMAZING! Didn’t have tequila on hand so I used Rum, hahaa!! But still came out awesome! Will defiantly make this recipe again! Thanks, Juli.

  18. Seriously….this recipe was made for summer. It was fantastic. I pinned this and made it on the fly so I didn’t have the tequila or topping ingredients, but it was so fantastic. Thank you!

  19. This has now become one of my favorite recipes. It’s so damn good! With a little cilantro and lime cauliflower rice from fedandfit..best lunch!

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