Tequila Almond Chicken

This Tequila Almond Chicken is the perfect weeknight meal that can also serve as a beautiful gourmet dinner.  This chicken is topped with a fresh tomato and avocado salad.

Tequila Almond Chicken

When working with chicken breasts, it’s helpful to pound them down a bit so they’re all the same thickness.  This ensures that all of your chicken breasts will cook through evenly.  No cutting into one and finding it raw… and then into another and finding it overdone.  They’ll all be done at the same time!

Tequila Almond Chicken topped with Tomato and Avocado

How to Make Tequila Almond Chicken:

  1. Marinate the chicken briefly in lime zest, lime juice, tequila and garlic.
  2. Coat the chicken in ground almonds + cumin + salt.
  3. Fry in butter + olive oil until golden brown and cooked through.

Tequila Almond Chicken on a plate topped with avocado and tomato salad

Top the chicken with the tomato and avocado salad and serve.

I love this chicken recipe because the chicken has a crispy almond crust with tender chicken inside.  You can get some tomato and avocado in every bite.  This tequila almond chicken recipe is a keeper!

Tequila Almond Chicken

This Tequila Almond Chicken is topped with a Tomato- Avocado Salad.

Prep Time 35 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 522 kcal


Tomato- Avocado Salad:

  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh jalapeno
  • 1 small shallot minced
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 medium tomatoes diced
  • 1 large avocado diced


  • 32 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon tequila
  • 1 large garlic clove thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • freshly ground black pepper


  1. In a medium bowl, combine 1 tablespoon lime juice with the chile, shallot and 1 teaspoon oil. With a rubber spatula, gently fold in the tomatoes and avocado.  Set aside while you prepare the chicken.

  2. Using a meat pounder, lightly flatten the chicken breasts so they're all the same thickness. In a large shallow dish, combine the lime zest and 1 tablespoon of the lime juice with the tequila and garlic. Add the breasts and turn to coat with the marinade; set aside for 10 minutes.

  3. In a food processor, finely grind the almonds; do not over-process or the nuts will form a paste. Transfer to a large plate. Add the cumin and 1/2 teaspoon salt and toss well.

  4. Remove the garlic slices from the chicken marinade. Pat the almond mixture on both sides of each breast half to coat thoroughly.
  5. In a large nonstick skillet, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in 1/2 tablespoon of the olive oil over high heat. Add 2 of the chicken breast halves, reduce the heat to moderate and cook until golden brown on the bottom, about 5 minutes. Turn the chicken and cook until browned on the second side and cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes longer. Transfer the chicken to plates and wipe out the skillet. Repeat with remaining butter, oil and chicken. Season the tomato-avocado salad with salt and pepper, spoon it over the chicken and serve.

Recipe Notes

10 Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints per serving

Nutrition Facts
Tequila Almond Chicken
Amount Per Serving (4 servings)
Calories 522 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Fat 30g46%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 160mg53%
Sodium 318mg14%
Potassium 1224mg35%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 52g104%
Vitamin A 485IU10%
Vitamin C 16.6mg20%
Calcium 53mg5%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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