Recipe for Tequila Lime Glazed Smoked Chicken Thighs

Treat Your Taste Buds to This Recipe for Tequila Lime Smoked Chicken Thighs With Cilantro Lime Rice

Treat Your Taste Buds to This Recipe for Tequila Lime Smoked Chicken Thighs With Cilantro Lime Rice

Recipe and photos by Justin Grimm

If you love tequila as much as we do, then you’ll love this recipe for tequila lime glazed chicken with homemade cilantro lime rice!

With this recipe, boneless, skinless chicken thighs are rubbed with a delicious spice blend, then smoked and glazed with a tasty mixture of tequila, pineapple juice and honey.

Then, we paired them with some cilantro lime rice made in a rice cooker to complete this mouthwatering dish totally worth celebrating! 

Don’t have a smoker? No worries! You can still cook it up on the grill, in the oven or in the air fryer! Just grab some liquid smoke and check out this article by Taste of Home to get that “smoked for hours” flavor.

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Don’t have a rice cooker? No biggie – just whip it up on the stove or in the Instant Pot.

Not a fan of cilantro? No problem! Just switch out for some parsley and it’s sure to be just as delicious! And if you need it, check out this F.N. Sharp guide for more tips on cooking with fresh herbs.

Now round up your ingredients, grab an F.N. Sharp Santoku or Chef’s Knife for some cilantro and chicken cutting and the F.N. Sharp Paring Knife for some lime slicing, get that cutting board ready and let’s make some tequila lime chicken!

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Tequila Lime Chicken With Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe

Recipe for tequila lime smoked chicken thighs with cilantro lime rice

Ingredients for Chicken:

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Ingredients for Spice Blend:


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About the Recipe Creator

Headshot of recipe creator Justin Grimm

Justin Grimm is a culinary consultant, recipe developer and brand ambassador for F.N. Sharp. He found his passion for food and cooking as a child, when he’d often find himself mesmerized by the swift knife skills of Martin Yan and drawn to Julia Child’s love for food.

Inspired by his grandfather’s garden, Justin changed his eating habits from weeknight TV dinners to cooking his own meals using fresh ingredients. This helped launch his more than 20-year career in the food industry, where he’s enjoyed working with diverse menus while learning new cuisines and techniques. He finds the most passion in recipe development, as he fully immerses himself in the research behind each creation, from developing the recipes to cooking and plating.

When you come across one of Justin's recipes, you really are in for a treat! Follow his handle @platefulofpassion on Instagram, Facebook and TikTok so you don’t miss out!