Your Fried Chicken Just Got A Kick of Tequila

Your Fried Chicken Just Got A Kick of Tequila

Food & Wine

If you're not in Mexico to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, or if doing shots of tequila on a Tuesday may seem like a little much, here's a delicious way to take part in the festivities: tequila-lime chicken with a refreshing grilled corn salsa. Delicious on May 5, all summer or just about any other time of the year.


Tequila-Lime Chicken Burgers with Grilled Corn Salsa

Serves 8

For Burgers

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup tequila
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lime juice

For Salsa

  • 2 ears of corn
  • 2 Roma tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup red onion
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Sea salt

For Lime-Sour Cream

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

For Frying

  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

For Assembly

  • 8 burger buns
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese

Butterfly and split chicken breasts in half and place in an airtight container. Pour in tequila, hot sauce and lime juice. Cover, shake well and place in the fridge overnight (shaking a couple more times through its rest, if possible).

Heat a griddle pan over medium high. When hot, grill corn, turning every minute or so, until the outsides begin to char. With a sharp knife, shave the corn kernels into a large bowl. Dice tomatoes and red onion and add to the bowl. Add cilantro, lime and a pinch of sea salt and toss together. Set aside.

In a small bowl, stir together sour cream, 1 tablespoon of hot sauce and lime juice. Cover and place in the fridge.

Heat 3 inches of canola oil in a deep Dutch oven to 350°.

Prepare two separate bowls, one with buttermilk, the other with the flour and spices. Stir spices together.

Working in batches, dip chicken fillets in the buttermilk, then the flour, until completely coated. Fry until crispy and golden brown, 8 to 9 minutes.

Serve chicken burgers with avocado slices, crumbled feta cheese, 2 tablespoons of salsa and a dollop of lime sour cream.


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