The chicken can be marinated up to 2 days in advance. Cover and refrigerate until needed.

Nigella Lawson


Keiko Oikawa

Recipe Summary

15 mins
55 mins
6 hrs
30 mins
7 hrs 40 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Put chicken pieces into a resealable bag. In a bowl, mix together tequila, lime zest and juice, red pepper flakes, salt and oil. Tip into bag with chicken. Seal or tie tightly (letting out air first), place in a dish and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or up to overnight. (If you're short on time, let stand for 40 minutes in a cool place.) Preheat oven to 425°F. Remove chicken pieces from bag, reserving marinade. Set pieces on a small, shallow roasting pan and let stand until they reach room temperature, about 30 minutes. (It's important that they sit on pan without a lot of room to spare, or else marinade will immediately evaporate in the hot oven.) Pour half of marinade over chicken pieces and roast for 25 minutes. Remove chicken from oven, pour remaining marinade over pieces, then roast until cooked through, 25 to 30 minutes. Put chicken pieces on a serving plate. Add a little boiling water to pan to help get every last bit of flavor-sticky juice out, then pour it over chicken. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro and some more red pepper flakes, if desired. Serve with lime wedges. 



From "Simply Nigella". Courtesy of Flatiron Books.

Nutrition Facts

362 calories; fat 13g; saturated fat 2g; cholesterol 142mg; fiber 1g; protein 47g; carbohydrates 1g; sodium 737mg; iron 1mg; calcium 17mg.