Sunday, May 24, 2020

Applebee's Fiesta Lime Chicken Copycat

This Applebee's copycat chicken is topped with a Mexi-ranch sauce, pico de gallo, and loads of cheese!

I just posted the cheesecake I made for my sister-in-law's birthday last year and today I get to post the dinner she chose. Sometimes I'm lucky enough to get to make dinner that the birthday person wants and she requested copycat Applebee's. I had heard of this dish, but never looked into it to see what exactly was on Fiesta Lime Chicken because I always order the same thing there (Quesadilla Burger). I was so happy to make this recipe because it surprised me in the best way and I'm glad my sister-in-law asked for it.
What you need:
For the chicken:
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 3 tsp. garlic
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1 Tbsp. liquid smoke
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger 
  • 2 cups shredded Colby Jack cheese
For the sauce:
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp. salsa
  • 1 Tbsp. milk
  • 1 Tbsp. Cajun seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp. dried parsley 
  • 1/4 tsp. hot sauce
For the pico de gallo:
  • 3 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, finely diced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced 
  • 2 Tbsp. lime juice
  • Salt, to taste
  1. For the chicken: In a ziploc bag, add water, teriyaki sauce, garlic, lime juice, liquid smoke, salt, and ginger. Add chicken and marinate for a few hours.
  2. For the sauce: Combine all ingredients and chill until ready to use.
  3. For the pico de gallo: Combine all ingredients and chill until ready to use.
  4. Grill or cook chicken in a skillet until cooked through. 
  5. Top with sauce and Colby jack cheese. Cover or place under a broiler until cheese melts.
  6. Top with pico de gallo and serve.
Recipe from Blog Chef

I love a good copycat recipe and have made plenty of them. One of my favorite Applebee's copycat recipes is this Copycat All-in Brunch Burgers recipe. Another Applebee's recipe that looks too good to be true is this Shrimp Broccoli Cavatappi Copycat from Grumpy's Honeybunch.

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