Great American Taste Test: Applebee’s Fiesta Lime Chicken





About 2 months ago or so I signed up to be part of the blogging event called the Great American Taste Test.  Participants were supposed to try a recipe from Ron Douglas’ new book, America’s Most Wanted Recipes. All of the recipes in the book are copycat recipes of tons of dishes you find at restaurants.

After skimming through the book trying to decide on what I was gonna try, I ran into Applebee’s Fiesta Lime chicken. I chose this without even flipping through the rest of the book because its one of my favorite meals to get at any restaurant!

The copycat recipe is SOOOO close to the original. I expected it to be similar but this is almost dead on. Ill definately be making it again in the future and I cant wait to try the others in the book! Ron Douglas is a genius. I think that this book will really be a saving grace for so many families struggling with not being able to go out to eat  because of the tough economic times. It’s a great way to have  restaurant food but for literally half the price!



1 cup water

1/3 cup teriyaki sauce

1/2 cup lime juice

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp tequila

1 tsp liquid smoke

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp ground ginger

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts


1/4 cup mayo

1/4 cup sour cream

2 tbsp spicy, chunky salsa

1 tbsp milk

1 tsp cajun blackening spice

1/4 tsp parsley flakes

1/4 tsp tabasco sauce

1/8 tsp dried dill weed

1/8 tsp cumin

1 cup colby jack cheese, shredded

2 cups crumbled corn chips



Whisk together the water, teriyaki, lime juice, garlic,tequila, liquid smoke, salt, and ginger. Coat chicken in mixture and marinate for atleast 2 hours.

For the dressing, whisk together mayo, sour cream, salsa, milk, cajun spice, parsley, tabasco sauce, dill weed, and cumin. Cover and refrigerate until needed.

Preheat broiler. Grill marinated chicken about 5 mins per side, until cooked through. Discard marinade.

Brush grilled chicken with dressing, sprinkle with cheese and broil until cheese is melted.

Serve over a bed of crumbled tortilla chips.


Applebee’s Version



Ron Douglas’ Recipe Version



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