If you're a regular visitor to The Little Kitchen, do you notice the new digs? I'm really excited that Lindsay of Purr Design designed the new look for TLK! The Recipes section makes it a lot easier to find recipes here, the Cakes page looks a lot better and I have added more to the About page. I might still need to do some rearranging here but for the most part, we're all moved into our new design. Would love to hear what you think and thank you for visiting The Little Kitchen!
I recently received Guy Fieri's new cookbook in the mail, it's called Guy Fieri Food: Cookin' It, Livin' It, Lovin' It. I'm going to have to be honest with you, I flipped through it and then put it down. My husband however, picked it up, flipped through it and bookmarked the page for the Red Rocker Margarita Chicken recipe and then persuaded me over several weeks to make it. Well, I'm glad I did. This is one moment I can say, honey, you were right with a straight face.
The book is huge, it's over 400 pages long with over 150 recipes. Guy laces different stories with each recipe, which makes it kind of neat. The Red Rocker Margarita Chicken is a sandwich inspired by Sammy Hagar, I think that's really cool! I love the show Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives but I really thought this book wouldn't be my kind of thing but I was wrong. There are some other dishes I want to try in the book including Chicken & Seafood Paella, Steak Diane and Fire-Roasted Shrimp Cocktail.
This tequila marinated chicken sandwich is an easy dish to make. Marinate the chicken in the seasonings, cilantro, roasted red bell peppers, tequila, etc. for 4-8 hours and you end up with a very moist grilled chicken.
I put the bag in a casserole dish to be cautious, just in case the bag leaked or just in case I spilled the marinade.
The marinade smelled so good! This is the first time I cooked with tequila and it won't be the last!
I can't wait to make this tequila-marinated grilled chicken sandwich again! The flavorful marinade and the fried roasted red peppers were so good! I got yelled at for eating too many of the fried roasted red peppers before we put our sandwiches together. They are addictive, the tequila flavor popped in your mouth when you bit into it.
Have you cooked with tequila before? I want to hear all about it if you have.
Red Rocker Margarita Chicken
- 2 jalapenos, cut into thin rounds
- 3 Tbsp cilantro leaves
- 1/4 cup tequila
- 1 Tbsp minced garlic
- 1 tsp red chili flakes
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 Tbsp dried oregano
- Juice of 2 limes, about 1/4 cup
- 2 tsp kosher salt
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 2 roasted red bell peppers, cut into thin strips
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp granulated garlic
- 2 cups canola oil
- 4 kaiser rolls
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 green cabbage head, very thinly sliced
- 4 oz. thinly sliced provolone
- In a medium bowl, combine the jalapenos, cilantro, tequila, minced garlic, chili flakes, cumin, oregano, lime juice and 1 tsp of salt. Place the chicken and bell peppers in a resealable 1-gallon plastic bag and pour in the marinade. Marinate the chicken in the refrigerator for 4 to 8 hours.
- In a small mixing bowl, combine the flour, the remaining 1 tsp salt and the granulated garlic.
- Preheat a grill to high. In a medium heavy-bottomed pot, heat the canola oil to 350 degrees F.
- Remove the chicken from the marinade. (Leave the roasted red peppers in the marinade.) Grill the chicken until cooked through, turning several times to prevent burning, about 12 minutes in all. Cover the cooked chicken and let sit for 5 minutes. Thinly slice the chicken across the grain.
- Remove the roasted peppers from the marinade, dredge them in the flour mixture, and fry in the oil until crispy, 2 to 3 minutes, working in batches as needed. Drain on paper towels.
- Split and lightly toast the rolls. Spread mayonnaise on the bottom halves. Stack each roll evenly with the cabbage, onion, chicken breast, fried peppers and cheese.
- *Roast bell peppers over an open flame or under the broiler, turning to char on all sides. Skin and seed them.
- I cheated a little and used jarred roasted red bell peppers.
- I ended up using 3 limes
- We toasted the kaiser rolls on the grill just for a minute or two on each side so they didn't burn.
Disclosure: I received a copy of the book from the publisher. I was not asked to post about it but after making this dish, I just had to! There are affiliate links in this post.
Mary Beth Elderton says
OMG! This looks like heaven!
Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says
This looks fantastic!!
Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. says
dream cuisine says
This is a wonderful recipe, thanks so much for sharing. You did a great job with the images too.
Cat Davis says
You know, I looked and looked and looked some more at this guys cookbook but really wasn’t diggin the recipes. This is one of like 5 total that I wanted to try. Your version looks delish!
Stacie @ The Divine Miss Mommy says
Fabulous pictures. This looks amazing!!!!
Oh girl how did I miss this recipe and you know O like anything fiery!! I am bookmarking to make this summer. Thx Julie!!
April Decheine says
Man that looks so good! I want that cookbook 🙂 I may make that tonight..
This looks so yummy, now I want chicken lol
This looks delicious!!
Wow!!! This looks so good. Thanks for posting this. I need to give this a try some day.
I know alcohol will burn off in a sauce, for example. What do you think about this? Will it burn off and be okay to give to a teenager, or will the meat soak it up and will it remain in there?
Julie Deily says
Hi there, I’m not 100% certain but I think the alcohol burns off. The grill heats the chicken at such a high heat and the alcohol even causes the grill to burn at a higher heat…I think it burns off, probably not 100% but your teenager should be fine.
YUM, this looks super delicious! Love the idea of breading and frying roasted red peppers, that sounds soooooooo good!
Christine Roeske says
Emailed to DH so he could try this recipe next week when he’s home from his business trip – sounds good! Thanks for sharing the recipe.
Amy @ A Little Nosh says
I love the new design. So cute!!
I think my husband would love that – and I LOVE Guy Fieri. I’ll have to look into that book for him.
Linda @ My Name is Momma says
Guy is my favorite Food Network star : )
O.M.G. I need it.
Yum this sounds really good. I’m always looking for new sandwich recipes!
First i have to say the site looks fabulous!!! I love the clean look. Seconly Guy Fiera’s stuff always looks amazing. I have gone to his dinner recommendations and they are always very good. This recipe looks fabulous! Nice work!
congrats again on the new site!
Crystal @ Simply Being Mommy says
Now that looks delicious!
Wow, wow, wow. I could devour that sandwich!
I have not cooked with Tequila before…baked (and had a fiasco), but not cooked. The marinade looks and sounds amazing. I bet it would be fabulous on beef, too!
And, the new look? Love it!! So clean.
Kiran @ KiranTarun.com says
This recipe is so simple and packed with flavors. I’ve never cooked with tequila before, and am now so curious.
BTW, love the new blog look 😀
Lisa @ Oh Boy Oh Boy Oh Boy says
OMG I LOVE Guy!!!!!!!!
Shop with Me Mama (Kim) says
Oh wow! That looks soooo good!
shelly (cookies and cups) says
Now that looks good!! I feel like Guy Fieri is my guilty pleasure 🙂
Love the new look! Lindsay did a great job. 🙂
Julie Deily says
Thank you, Gwen! I’m so happy with it! 😀
Maris (In Good Taste) says
I love your new design! If all his recipes are like this I am getting the cookbook! Great job!
Oh my freaking goodness; AMAZING. I want some of this! And fried roasted peppers?!?! Get outta town. Drool.
Oh wow that marinade looks amazing!! And the peppers on top. What an awesome sandwich!
I love Guy Fieri! I watch him on Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives all the time, but have to admit, am somewhat scared to try his recipes! This looks wonderful! 🙂 I too live in Florid and have just started a food blog…any advice would be welcomed! 🙂
Julie Deily says
Hi Lindsay, welcome to food blogging and thank you for visiting my blog! My advice would be to have fun and try new things. Just let me know if you have any questions.
Let’s get the first thing out of the way – the new site design – ROCKS! Pat on the back to you and Lidsay of Purr! WOW, love the new layout and the clean look.
Second.. I got the book as well and like you it did not interested me at all, but I did see this recipe and now that I read about it, I’m going to pay attention a bit more and bookmark a couple to try.
Julie Deily says
Monica, you definitely need to try this sandwich! Believe me, the fried roasted red peppers are amazing. I keep dreaming about them. I foresee me making this sandwich again very soon!
O.M.G. That looks AMAZING!!! YUM!
Kulsum at JourneyKitchen says
I’m loving the new site design Julie. Such a fabulous chicken recipe too, all the flavors I love!
Nancie M says
Loving the new site! It is so clean and crisp and clutter free!
That looks so good – my husband would love this!
and I love the new look and new pages 🙂
Julie Deily says
I’m sure your husband would love it. My husband said he wants to add bacon next time. 🙂
LOVE IT! Looks fabulous! Lindsay did an awesome job as always! 🙂
And this sounds delicious, love the picture too!
Julie Deily says
Thank you, I’m so thrilled with it! Thank you, Jessica…I hope you enjoy it. Let me know what you think if you try it.
Christine (Cook the Story) says
This looks really great. I saw the cookbook at a bookstore and walked right by. Maybe I should have another look too!
Carrie Fields says
Oh sweet lord! I love his recipes anyways but this looks insanely good. I have been wanting his cookbook. I may just have to go out and get it!
Julie Deily says
Carrie, you are so sweet! Love you! If you made this recipe, I know you would love it.