Food Column ATK Grilled Tequila Chicken

This undated photo provided by America’s Test Kitchen in May 2019 shows Grilled Tequila Chicken in Brookline, Mass. This recipe appears in the cookbook “Master of the Grill.” (Daniel J. van Ackere/America’s Test Kitchen via AP)

We set out to create a fresh, bright chicken salad inspired by the flavors of Mexico. A simple tequila-lime mixture boosted the chicken’s flavor both in a quick marinade before cooking and, when cooked down with some orange juice, as a reduced sauce drizzled over the chicken after cooking. Grilled avocados gave the salad more smoky depth.

We cooked the chicken over the hotter part of the grill to get a good char while cooking the more delicate avocados at the same time on the cooler side. To bring the salad together, we created a bright, tangy vinaigrette by combining lime juice and olive oil with cayenne and honey for well-rounded flavor.

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