Margarita Chicken CrockPot Recipe

Day 111.

I read a lot of blogs. An awful lot.

One good thing about my job (other than reading a lot of blogs) is that I read food blogs and am inspired daily to try new recipes, and also to recreate them in my crockpot.

I love Alanna's Kitchen Parade blog. She also has a vegetable blog filled with creative and delicious-sounding ideas.

I got the idea for this chicken dish from her lime chicken recipe. We didn't happen to have any limes in the house, but we always have margarita mix.

The Ingredients.

  • --4-5 frozen boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • --1/4 cup dijon mustard
  • --1/4 cup honey
  • --1 T gluten free soy sauce
  • --2 minced garlic cloves
  • --3 T margarita mix

The Directions.

--mix your sauce ingredients in a mixing bowl

--plop the frozen chicken in the bottom of your crockpot

--cover with the sauce

--cook on low for 7-9 hours or on high for 4-5. If your chicken is fresh, check it after 3 hours on high or 6 hours on low.

The Verdict.

This was delicious! The kids enjoyed it a lot, Adam and I each had seconds, and we didn't have any leftovers.

We served the chicken with some rice pilaf from Trader Joe's.

I think what I liked the most about this dish is that I wouldn't have come up with this flavor combination on my own---but it so totally works and tastes amazing.

Alanna rocks.

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Posted by: Stephanie O'Dea | A Year of Slow Cooking at April 20, 2008

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What they say about this recipe

  1. What a great adaptation!!! I'm so glad it inspired you, I happen to love this one so much.

    PS Just for the record, A Veggie Venture is not vegetarian but vegetables. :-)

  2. eek, sorry. I fixed it. Thanks, Alanna!

  3. This sounds incredible. Can't wait to try it!

  4. This sounds yummy Stephanie, I'm trying it today!
    xo, suzy

  5. This sounds so good. Did you have a margarita with it, too?

    We were wiped out be the stomach flu for a couple of days, and I am just catching up! I haven't been able to look at you blog for a couple of days (couldn't even LOOK at photos of food - you DO NOT want the details!) so I was going through withdrawl...

  6. This sounds very yummy. I will have to find other uses for margarita mix before I buy a bottle for just one recipe. Any suggestions?

  7. thanks, bensrib and georgiapeachez!

    angela, I didn't--it was a wednesday--but I had a mini-one on Friday!

    icecreamdiary, you're pregnant, so I'm not going to suggest margaritas...
    I'd probably stick with the lime juice the way Alanna originally posted.


  8. Hi there,

    I think I will try this one very soon. Sounds very good!

  9. Anonymous4/21/2008

    just washing that crockpot 111 days in a row would drive me crazy! Cool blog though! :) So, thanks!

  10. Just discovered your blog. LOVE it. Being a thrifty girl, my first question is to ask you if you have noticed your electricity bill go up at all. I have always wandered if the crockpot uses too much energy but, of course, I love mine! The recipe sounds good. Gonna have to add that one in the menu rotation.

  11. Anonymous4/22/2008

    We made this at my house yesterday, it was great! We'll make it again soon, no quetion.

  12. Thanks, onecraftymama! I, honestly, have not gone through our pg&e bills to do a cost-comparison. Adam does the finances, and he hasn't complained or been happily suprised, which leads me to believe that they haven't changed much at all.

    I found this article from Consumer Reports that says that the energy useage in a slow cooker beats simmering on a stovetop. Yet, this article says that slowcooking could actually consume more energy. The consumer reports article is repeated on HUD's website and on a few other energy conservation sites, so I'm more inclined to believe that source, but as always---gotta do your own research and come up with your own conclusions about what is best for your family.


  13. Anonymous4/23/2008

    This was a hit at our house too! both my 4 and 2 year old liked it as did DH and I! I didn't have margarita mix, but oddly enough I had some lime juice, so mine was more like Alanna, but it was great. Thanks!

  14. This was so yummy! I served mine over quinoa and everyone loved it. Also great the next day.

  15. I made this last night and it was so good! Thanks for another great recipe!

  16. I can't wait to make this! I ran it through a recipe calculator and the calorie count is low, too - only 168.8 calories per thigh. Woo-hoo! Thanks!

  17. Anonymous6/11/2008

    This is in my crock right now! I only had margarita mix with the tequila in it, and I thought I'd try it but I'm not good at experimenting!!! Hehehe :) Maybe next time when I will actually have time to make a Plan B. We did have lime juice though so I used that! I can't wait to try it!!

    PS I just started reading your blog and I'm so excited for some of the recipes!! I am making the roasted garbanzo beans for our Relay for Life which is this Friday. And I have written down so many other recipes!!

  18. Anonymous6/28/2008

    Hi Steph,
    I've had this recipe on my 'to make list', and I finally got around to trying it out last week. This was soo good!! Hubby loved it, and it was so easy to just cook up some rice and corn on the cob for a perfect dinner. Thanks for your hard work...Love the blog!


    PS... I couldn't find this on your alphabetized list--had to scroll through all the yummy chicken recipes to find it! LOL

  19. that sounds great, Barrie!

    Jen, I'm so glad you liked this! I'm going to fix the ABC list now. thanks SO much for the head's up.


  20. Anonymous9/18/2008

    Tried this last night - another "thumbs up!" from everyone in the family, including our picky 5 year old son - he ate every last bite!

    Plus, this doesn't use THAT much margarita mix, so it's not like I sacrificed a margarita for it or anything..... :^)

  21. What would you suggest I use as a substitute for the margarita mix? I don't keep that on hand.

  22. hi there, a lemon or lime ade would work!


  23. Anonymous10/09/2008

    This was a hit, even with the kids. Will make it again!

    Thanks Stephanie!

  24. I made this for a date on Friday - first time he's been to my house. I served with Spanish beans and rice, and of course, margaritas. It was so good!! And the date was a success! Thanks :)

  25. Okay I have loved all your recipes so far, except for this one. I don't know if I screwed it up b/c I actually used limes(I didn't have any margarita mix) or if it just cooked too long, but it had this weird burnt sugar smell and it kinda tasted the same. I have done a marinade much like this before and grilled them so maybe I will stick to that. I do have to say that I have forwarded many of my friends your blog b/c I have been so impressed with the recipes. Especially the chicken salsa black bean soup! Yummy yummy!

  26. Hi there,
    I am in the process of making this and it seems like there is not enough sauce. It doesn't cover the chicken. Is it supposed to be enough to *cover* it completely? I poured it over the chicken but it's still just a thin layer at the bottom (so the chicken isn't really soaking in it). I thought I'd ask in case you got this soon and responded. I don't want to make a flop! Thanks!

  27. Hi April,

    That's enough liquid. The chicken will produce a bunch of juice on it's own. If your slow cooker is huge, keep an eye on it, and if your chicken pieces are large, you can cut them up to allow more sauce to soak inside.

    oxox steph

  28. We had a halloween party and have left over margarita mix. Yep, I love margaritas but can only drink one, I'm such a lightweight LOL. I'm so excited to find this recipe. It's on my list to make this week.

    Oh and I read your post about a trio of dips for your own halloween party. I saw a trio of soups recently and yes the cords were incredibly short. They had a hard time keeping the trio plugged in. Also, how do you label 3 pots? They ended up putting signs in front of the 3 soups.

  29. Anonymous6/09/2010

    I have your book and am now in love with my crock pot, thanks to you :) I have tried about 20 recipes so far and have been happy with every one I tried. But this recipes is my FAVORITE!!! I just got finished eating it with brown rice & broccoli. My 2 year old liked it too! 2nd favorite recipe is zesty barbecue chicken! xo, Laura from MD

  30. Anonymous12/26/2010

    I found this recipe and happen to have everything in my pantry. I'm making it for dinner tomorrow and I'm really excited. It sounds delicious!!

  31. I put this in my crockpot as soon as I got home from the store. It smells really good and I can't wait to try it tonight!

  32. I'm moving in a couple of weeks and I'm trying to use up some odds-n-ends - I thought, hmm, Orange Chicken? So I threw chicken in a crockpot and added what was left in the jar of orange marmalade. Needed something more, so I threw in 1/4 bottle of Shiraz I've been meaning to drink up...then I added some tamari and some dijon honey mustard that needed to be used up...threw in some maple syrup (what the heck, the other flavors would probably drown it out anyway) and cut up a lime that was starting to shrivel up. Then I found a bottle of lime juice so I threw a little of that in, and added some dried red pepper flakes to give it some zing. It's been cooking for an hour and smells delish so I sat down to find your Apricot Chicken recipe again because the apricot jam is begging to be used before I move...and guess what I find? This recipe, almost like mine! I love your site. Love love love it! Thinking of adding a little garlic to mine now, like you did!

  33. Sounds awesome. Any changes necessary, cooking time, etc., if I wanted to do boneless skinless breasts instead of thighs?

  34. Christian, nope! all the same. Breasts might need to be cut a bit near cooking time and then flipped over a few times to let the juice soak in, though. they tend to be drier than thighs. enjoy!

  35. This was so delicious, thank you. I enjoyed it so much, I shared it on my blog. I made sure I gave you credit and shared your blog and book. Thank you again.

  36. Five and a half years later, this is still a crowd-pleaser. I bought the fancy Tres Agaves margarita mix to avoid the HFCS, quadrupled the chicken (two of the big tray packs) and doubled the sauce. Still good... just thought I'd add this note in case someone wants to make it for a crowd. I often find that quadrupling the meat means only doubling the sauce... if you kept all the proportions the same, you would end up with WAY too much sauce. Here's to a slow-cooked 2015!

  37. I will try this, but add three shots of tequila!