Tuesday, February 16, 2010

My Most Favorite Dish @ Applebee's

Fiesta Lime Chicken
4 chicken breast fillets
1 C. shredded cheddar/Monterrey jack cheese blend
2 C. crumbled corn chips or fried tortilla strips


1 C. water
1/3 C. teriyaki sauce
2 T. lime juice
2 t. minced garlic
1 t. mesquite liquid smoke
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. ground ginger
1/4 t. tequila

Mexi-Ranch dressing:

1/4 C. mayonnaise
1/4 C. sour cream
1 T. milk
2 t. minced tomato
1 1/2 t. white vinegar
1 t. minced canned jalapeno slices
1 t. minced onion
1/4 t. dried parsley
1/4 t. Tabasco sauce
1/8 t. salt
1/8 t. paprika
1/8 t. dried dill weed
1/8 t. cayenne pepper
1/8 t. cumin
1/8 t. chili powder
Dash garlic powder
Dash ground black pepper

Prepare marinade by combining marinade ingredients in medium bowl. Add chicken to bowl, cover and chill for 2 to 3 hours.

Make the Mexi-Ranch dressing by combining all ingredients in medium bowl. Mix well until smooth, then cover dressing and chill it until needed. When ready to prepare entree, preheat oven to high broil. Also preheat grill to high heat. When grill is hot, cook marinated chicken breasts for 3 to 5 minutes per side.

Arrange cooked chicken in baking pan. Spread a layer of Mexi-Ranch dressing over each piece of chicken, followed by ¼ cup cheese. Broil chicken for 2 to 3 minutes, or until cheese has melted. Spread a bed of 1/2 cup of tortilla strips on four plates. Slide chicken breast onto strips and serve with rice, pico de gallo or salsa.

I've always said "I have got to make this at home sometime", so I'm trying it tonight (yay, I know dinner's a bit late but that's okay). I will let you know how it comes out. I'm improvising as I do not have tequila or liquid smoke. I'm sure it will be just fine. So if you love Tex-Mex, you'll love this recipe.

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  1. Well now, this is truly a 30 minute meal. It came out even better than Applebee's....if I do say so myself....my husband loved it too! I eyeballed the ingredients and you don't even need the liquid smoke or tequila!! Try it, You'll certainly love it! We're probably going to have it again next week! Bon Apetit!

  2. I love that chicken. I am soooo going to make this. You should play Alphabe-Thursday with us next week. It's a fun way to get more people to visit your blog, too. Our letter next week is "F".

    But you can still link up tonight if you want for the letter "E"!


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