Applebee’s(™) Signature Fiesta Lime Chicken

Applebee’s Fiesta Lime Chicken has been a signature dish on their menu for as long as I can remember.  This tasty dish consists of marinated grilled chicken breasts topped with a Mexi-ranch sauce, fresh Pico de Gallo and Colby-Jack cheese.  So many wonderful flavors come together in this recipe to create a truly perfect dish.  Serve with rice and beans on the side if you like.

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Applebee’s(™) Signature Fiesta Lime Chicken
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4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 cup water
1/3 cup teriyaki sauce
3 teaspoons garlic
juice from ½ lime
1 tablespoon tequila (optional)
1 tablespoon liquid smoke (or Worcestershire sauce)
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground ginger


1/4 cup mayonnaise
¼ cup sour cream
2 tablespoons salsa
1 tablespoon milk
1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning (or less, to taste)
¼ teaspoon dried parsley
¼ teaspoon hot sauce
2 cups shredded Colby-jack cheese

Pico de Gallo:

3 roma tomatoes (seeded and chopped)
½ red onion (finely chopped)
1 jalapeno pepper (stemmed, seeded and chopped)
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
salt (to taste)

In a large bowl or sealable plastic bag combine water, teriyaki sauce, juice of ½ lime, garlic, tequila, liquid smoke, salt and ginger. Place the chicken breasts into the bowl and mix well into the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

To prepare the sauce—in a medium bowl combine mayonnaise, sour cream, salsa, milk, Cajun seasoning, parsley and hot sauce. Cover and refrigerate until needed.

To prepare the Pico de Gallo—in a medium bowl combine tomatoes, red onion and jalapeno pepper. Add 2 tablespoons of lime juice, season with salt and mix well. Cover and refrigerate until needed.

Slightly grease the grates of an outdoor grill. Heat the grill to medium-high heat.

Remove the chicken breasts from the marinade and place onto the grill. Cook the chicken turning frequently until fully cooked (the internal temperature has reached 165 degrees F.). During the last few minutes of cooking, brush each chicken breast with the sauce and then sprinkle with cheese. Cook until the cheese has melted.

Remove the chicken from the grill and top with Pico de Gallo for serving.

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