Applebee's Tequila Lime Chicken

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For about a year and a half I worked for Applebee's, and fell in love with this chicken. It is the only thing I eat when I go there. So imagine my surprise when I stumbled across this recipe and it turned out to be awesome! They have since changed the name to "Fiesta Lime Chicken". I don't know whether they use tequila in the marinade still or not, but I know they used to. If you are worried about the alcohol, don't be. It will burn off in the cooking and only leave behind a mild flavor. This is perfectly safe to give to people of all ages!
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Step 1: The Ingredients...

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1 cup water
⅓ cup teriyaki sauce
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon liquid mesquite smoke
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon tequila
4 skinless chicken breast fillets

You will also need:
Ranch Dressing
 One can Herdez Salsa
Tortilla strips (from the salad section)
Shredded cheddar jack cheese
Rice for a side (I like to use plain rice, but at the restaurant they use mexi rice)

Step 2: The Marinade

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Combine the marinade ingredients. I used Ziplock bags, so I could easily put them in the fridge for a few hours. But I have also used air tight containers in the past.

Place the chicken breasts in the marinade and let marinate for between 2 and 3 hours. Try not to go much past this, because the citric acid from the juice will cause the chicken to toughen.

Try to squeeze as much air out of the bag/container as possible. This insures the chicken is evenly covered.