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One of Applebee's top-selling signature dishes, this tasty dish combines the tangy flavor of the tequila lime marinade with creamy southwestern-style dressing, and tops it all off with a melted cheese blend.
"Awesome, awesome dish! Full of flavor! I have made this several times now and we love it. I made with Chipotle Cilantro Lime Rice and homemade corn salsa. I also added some shrimp to the marinade and cooked them along with the chicken (just not as long). Was superb!"- 1horse4me
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In a large bowl, combine the tequila, lime juice, hot sauce and vegetable or canola oil. Add the chicken to the mixture and marinate for at least 30 minutes or up 4 hours. (See Notes)
When ready to cook, preheat oven to 400F or grill to medium.
Shake the excess marinade off the meat and season the pieces with salt and pepper. Grill or roast the meat until cooked through, about 40 minutes in the oven or 8 minutes per side on the grill.
While the meat is cooking, stir together the cilantro, dressing and salsa in a medium-size bowl.
Arrange cooked chicken in a 9"x13" inch baking dish. Spread a layer of Salsa-Ranch dressing over each piece of chicken, followed by 1/4 cup of cheese blend. Broil in preheated oven for 2 to 3 minutes, or just until cheese has melted.
Spread a bed of about 1/2 cup crumbled corn chips on each of 4 plates. Slide a chicken breast onto the chips on each plate and serve.
Try it with shrimp for a different flavor!
Be sure you don’t marinate the chicken longer than the 3 to 4 hours, or the citric acid in the lime juice may toughen the chicken. The bed of crispy corn tortilla strips can be easily cloned with the crumbled store-bought corn chips, but if you want strips like those served at the restaurant, just follow the instructions below. Serve this dish with your choice of rice (Spanish rice is recommended), along with some pico de gallo (you can find a recipe here) or salsa on the side.
Make your own tortilla strips:
Cut a stack of eight 6-inch corn tortillas in half. Stack the halves on top of each other and slice the tortillas into thin strips. Fry the tortilla strips in 2 cups of oil preheated in a large skillet for 3-5 minutes or until crispy. Salt lightly and cool on paper towels to drain.
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Jldozer 5 months agoVery good! I've never had Applebee's so I can't compare the copy cat part.
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1horse4me 6 months agoAwesome, awesome dish! Full of flavor! I have made this several times now and we love it. I made with Chipotle Cilantro Lime Rice and homemade corn salsa. I also added some shrimp to the marinade and cooked them along with the chicken (just not as long). Was superb!
Badboyzgirl 7 months agoThis was very easy and was so delicious. Will definitely make this again. Thank you
MauraSpeckt 8 months agoThis was extremely good, the entire family ate it all up, even the kids who can be pretty picky! Very simple to make and I was delighted with the lovely flavor it delivered. This will be a repeater!
Dragop21 9 months agoMade last night, pretty good though I added garlic because it was strange to me there was none.
blabpurchase 9 months ago
larkinglesby 9 months agoDelicious! My husband always orders this whenever we went out, and this has his deepest approval-he enjoyed 2 helpings! The flavorful spiced sauce went really well with the rice you have pictured. Thanks for sharing!
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robertdonato 1 year agoyou should use a grill pan and boil the extra marinade with the chicken! it adds so much more flavor
Reneeortiz 1 year agoThis was so great!!! Full of flavor!!! My family loved it! Definitely will try make again:)
Gardre123 1 year agoLots and lots of flavor Will make this dish often. Thank you
LoveMyHusband29 1 year agoVery good! This was easy to make and my husband loved it!
alexflippin 1 year agoThere's no way this is 15 calories a serving
jessr111 1 year agoFull of flavor and easy to make! My family loved it!
Chocolotto 1 year agoWonderfully scribed, we ate this last Tuesday with your Arroz Verde! Very easy, bursting with flavor and tender all in one.
ZeroTheHero 1 year agoVery Very nice, easy to make and flavor-packed!
Tophatsandmoonshine101 1 year agoWell done. Made for a great family dinner. We served with rice with black beans.
MinnaPepina 2 years agoDELICIOUS!!! I keep making this recipe several times a month, everyone, friends, family, coworkers ADORE it! It's so simple too!