Mouthwatering Tequila Chicken Pasta Sauce Recipe

Come closer, dear friends, and let me introduce you to this mouthwatering Tequila Chicken Pasta Sauce recipe that will make your taste buds dance with joy! As a nutritionist and food blogger, I always try to come up with recipes that are not only delicious but also healthy for our bodies. And this Tequila Chicken Pasta Sauce is no different – it’s gluten-free, dairy-free, and packed with all the goodness of organic ingredients.

I believe that cooking is an art, and every ingredient we use in our kitchen is like a brush stroke on a canvas. That’s why I took inspiration from the bright colors of bell peppers and red onions to create this incredibly flavorful sauce that bursts with savory and tangy notes.

This recipe is perfect for those who want to add a little bit of fun and excitement to their meals without compromising their health. The tequila lime sauce adds a unique twist to this classic Italian fettuccine pasta recipe that you won’t be able to resist.

Whether you’re planning a romantic dinner with your significant other or looking for an easy-to-make yet impressive dish for your dinner party, this Tequila Chicken Pasta Sauce recipe will be your go-to option!

So, let’s buckle up our aprons and get ourselves ready for the cooking adventure that lies ahead. Follow me through the steps of this recipe article, and let’s create magic in our kitchens together!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Tequila Chicken Pasta Sauce (Gluten Free)
Tequila Chicken Pasta Sauce (Gluten Free)

“Tequila and chicken might sound like an odd pairing, but once you try this gluten-free Tequila Chicken Pasta Sauce recipe, you’ll understand why it has become one of my all-time favorites. This recipe is perfect for those who want a bit of spice, a hint of tang, and a whole lot of flavor in every bite.

For one, it’s easy to make and requires only a few basic ingredients that are probably already in your kitchen. The combination of chicken breasts, red and green bell pepper, red onion, garlic cloves, lime juice, and fresh cilantro creates a delicious blend of flavors that will tantalize your taste buds.

Not to mention the tequila! The chicken tequila flavor combines with fettuccine pasta to create a mouth-watering dish that tastes like it was straight out of California Pizza Kitchen.

What makes this recipe particularly special is its versatility. You can easily swap out or add ingredients to fit your preferences. For example, you can use spinach fettuccine instead of regular fettuccine pasta for a healthier twist. Or add some jalapeño peppers for an extra kick.

This recipe is also perfect for those with dietary restrictions. Both gluten-free and dairy-free, so everyone can enjoy it! Plus, it’s easily customizable for vegetarians or vegans. Simply swap out the chicken breast for soy sauce and vegetable broth instead of chicken stock.

One aspect that I particularly enjoy about this recipe is that it’s perfect for meal planning or batch cooking. Whether you’re cooking dinner for yourself or feeding a crowd, the flavors taste even better as leftovers!

Overall, there are numerous reasons why you’ll love this recipe: its flavor profile is unique yet addictive, it’s versatile and easily customizable, it accommodates dietary restrictions, and perfect for meal planning! Trust me when I say: put this Tequila Chicken Pasta Sauce on your to-cook list ASAP!”

Ingredient List

 A little tequila never hurt nobody, especially in this sauce!
A little tequila never hurt nobody, especially in this sauce!

Let’s take a look at the ingredients you will need for this gluten-free and dairy-free recipe. Here’s what you will need:

Chicken Tequila Fettuccine Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1 pound chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 large red onion, sliced thin
  • 1 green and 1 red bell pepper, sliced thin
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 jalapeños, seeded and minced (optional)
  • 3 tbsp of chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons of margarine
  • 1 cup of chicken stock
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Lime juice from 2 limes

Fettuccine Ingredients:

  • 1 pound gluten-free fettuccine pasta
  • Water for boiling
  • Salt for flavoring

Lime Cream Sauce Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • Minced garlic from 4 cloves
  • Juice from one lime
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup of almond milk
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish

These are all the ingredients that you’ll need to make an amazing dish that you can enjoy with friends and family. Remember that all the ingredients should be fresh to get the best results.

The Recipe How-To

 Say goodbye to gluten and indulge in this delicious pasta sauce.
Say goodbye to gluten and indulge in this delicious pasta sauce.

Now, let’s move on to the exciting part – cooking the Tequila Chicken Pasta Sauce!

Prep Time

First, you’ll need to prepare several ingredients (don’t forget to wash your hands!). Cut 2 chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces and season them with salt and pepper.

Dice 1 green bell pepper, 1 red bell pepper, and 1 red onion so that they’re all roughly the same size. Mince 2 garlic cloves and chop 1/2 cup of fresh cilantro.

Cooking the Chicken

In a skillet over medium-high heat, melt 2 tbsp of margarine. Once it’s hot, add in your seasoned chicken and sauté until it’s cooked through and no longer pink. Remove the chicken from the pan with a slotted spoon and set it aside.

Preparing the Tequila Lime Sauce

In the same skillet you used for the chicken (it’s okay if there are some leftover brown bits), heat up 2 tbsp of olive oil over medium-high heat.

Add in your diced green and red bell peppers, diced red onion, and minced garlic to the skillet. Sauté these until tender – this should take about 5 minutes.

Next, pour in 1/3 cup of chicken broth, juice from 2 limes (about 2 tbsp), 1/4 cup of tequila, and 1 tbsp of soy sauce. Bring this mixture to a simmer over low heat.

Combining Everything Together

Add back in the cooked chicken into the skillet with the tequila lime sauce. Simmer it for another minute or two until everything is heated through.

Lastly, toss in your cooked fettuccine pasta into the skillet along with some fresh spinach if desired. Mix everything together well so that every bite is coated in that creamy tequila lime sauce!

Garnish your dish with more chopped cilantro and serve this gluten-free, dairy-free and organic Tequila Chicken Pasta Sauce with a slice of lime on top. Enjoy!

Substitutions and Variations

 Chicken and tequila, a match made in heaven.
Chicken and tequila, a match made in heaven.

Now, let’s get creative with our cooking! There are many ways to switch up this recipe based on your preferences and availability of ingredients. Here are some ideas:

– Chicken: This recipe calls for chicken breasts, but you can also use chicken thighs or even skip the meat altogether for a vegetarian or vegan option.

– Bell peppers and onions: Feel free to swap out these veggies for others you enjoy, such as mushrooms, zucchini, or eggplant.

– Tequila: If you don’t have tequila on hand, vodka can be used as a substitute.

– Fettuccine: While this recipe uses gluten-free fettuccine pasta, you can use regular fettuccine or even opt for a different type of pasta, such as penne or spaghetti.

– Garlic jalapeno margarine: If garlic jalapeno margarine isn’t available in your area, regular butter or olive oil can be used instead.

– Cilantro: Some people love cilantro, while others strongly dislike it. If you fall into the latter category or just don’t have any on hand, parsley or basil can be used instead.

Don’t be afraid to play around with these substitutions and variations to make this recipe truly your own. Cooking is all about experimenting and finding what works best for you and your taste buds.

Serving and Pairing

 This gluten-free pasta sauce will make you forget all about traditional sauces.
This gluten-free pasta sauce will make you forget all about traditional sauces.

When it comes to serving and pairing this tequila chicken pasta sauce, there are a few things to keep in mind. First of all, this dish is incredibly flavorful on its own, so you don’t need to go overboard with additional ingredients. A simple side salad or some fresh veggies on the side can be the perfect complement to this dish.

If you’re looking for a wine pairing, a crisp white wine like Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio can balance out the rich and tangy flavors in the sauce. For those who prefer a red wine, a light-bodied Pinot Noir or Chianti can complement the acidity of the lime juice and tomatoes.

If you’re not an alcohol drinker, you can pair this dish with a refreshing lime soda or sparkling water. This will help cleanse your palate between bites ensuring that every bite should be savored.

Once you have cooked the fettuccine and simmered the tequila chicken pasta sauce to perfection, serve it on a large platter garnished with some chopped cilantro. This dish is great for family dinners or gatherings with friends because it’s sure to please everyone’s taste buds. Don’t forget to finish off your meal with something sweet such as a fruit sorbet or Mexican flan for dessert!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Trust me, this tequila chicken pasta sauce will knock your socks off.
Trust me, this tequila chicken pasta sauce will knock your socks off.

As a busy nutritionist and food blogger, I always appreciate dishes that can be prepped in advance and reheated for quick and easy weeknight meals. This Tequila Chicken Pasta Sauce is one of those dishes – it stores well and reheats beautifully!

To make this recipe in advance, simply prepare the sauce as directed in the recipe instructions. Once cooked, let it cool completely to room temperature. Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to three days or freeze for up to three months.

When ready to serve, reheat the sauce slowly in a large pot over medium-low heat until heated through. You may need to add a splash of chicken stock or water to loosen up the sauce if it has thickened while in storage. Stir the sauce regularly while reheating to prevent any scorching or sticking to the pot.

I like to serve Tequila Chicken Pasta Sauce with freshly boiled gluten-free fettuccine pasta, but feel free to experiment with other types of pasta too! To prep pasta ahead of time, cook according to package instructions until al dente. Then toss pasta with a drizzle of olive oil, transfer it into an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Whether you’re making this dish for meal prep or leftovers, you can rest assured that this delicious Tequila Chicken Pasta Sauce will taste just as amazing when reheated as it did when first prepared!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Who needs dairy when you have this scrumptious gluten-free pasta sauce?
Who needs dairy when you have this scrumptious gluten-free pasta sauce?

Cooking the perfect dish can be a daunting task, especially if you are trying out a recipe for the first time. So, here in this recipe article, I am sharing some tips to make sure that you nail the Tequila Chicken Pasta Sauce recipe and get a perfect dish.

Firstly, make sure you use fresh ingredients, especially when it comes to the veggies like bell peppers and onion. Try to use organic produce whenever possible so that the vegetables have a natural flavor without any added preservatives.

Secondly, to give your sauce a creamy texture, you should add more margarine or butter. You can also try using vegan butter instead of dairy butter if you want to keep things dairy-free.

Thirdly, always keep the tequila fettuccine sauce on low heat while cooking. This will ensure that the sauce doesn’t burn or stick to the bottom of the pan. It takes some patience, but trust me; it’ll be worth it!

Fourthly, don’t forget to season your chicken breast before cooking it. Add salt and lime juice for extra flavor and let it marinate for at least an hour before cooking.

Fifthly, when adding the tequila to the chicken broth mix, be careful not to add too much; otherwise, it might overpower the other flavors in your dish.

Sixthly, preheat your skillet or frying pan before adding any oil to it so that it gets heated evenly. Once you add oil and garlic jalapeno pepper mix, make sure that you cook for another minute over medium heat until fragrant.

Lastly, do not overcook your pasta! The timing is essential here; so make sure to follow the recipe’s instructions carefully. Always cook al dente; it should have a little bite resistance. Drain them once they are ready and keep aside before mixing them into your Tequila Chicken Sauce.

Follow these tips, and I guarantee you’ll have a fabulous Tequila Chicken Pasta Sauce that will have everyone singing your praises!

Bottom Line


In conclusion, the Tequila Chicken Pasta Sauce recipe is one that is sure to please. With its gluten-free, dairy-free ingredients and flavorful blend of fresh herbs and tequila, this dish is perfect for those with dietary restrictions or anyone looking for a healthy and delicious meal option.

Not only is this recipe easy to make, it’s also versatile. You can customize it to suit your personal preferences by adding different vegetables, proteins or spices. Plus, with make-ahead and reheating tips, you can enjoy this meal at any time of day without worrying about cooking every time.

So, whether you’re an avid cook or just starting out in the kitchen, the Tequila Chicken Pasta Sauce recipe is one that you’ll definitely want to try out. With its creamy and spicy flavors, it’s sure to become a family favorite in no time. Enjoy!

Tequila Chicken Pasta Sauce (Gluten Free)

Tequila Chicken Pasta Sauce (Gluten Free) Recipe

An excellent but very different tasting pasta sauce. Adjust the amount of jalapeños to personal taste. This amount will make the recipe fall into the salsa category of "medium". Remember to wear gloves when handling the jalapeños!
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Fusion
Calories 367.5 kcal


  • 1/4 cup margarine
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, minced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh jalapeno, seeded and minced
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup tequila
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 cup red onion, sliced
  • 1 cup red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup green bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 3 chicken breasts, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup whipping cream


  • Melt the margarine in a frying pan over medium high heat. Add cilantro, garlic and jalapeños and saute several minutes.
  • Add chicken stock, tequila and lime juice and continue to cook over medium high heat until reduced by half. Stir it lots because it will burn easily and it will probably smell terrible as the tequila cooks off.
  • In a separate large frying pan, cook your chicken over medium high heat. When your chicken is still a little pink, add the red onion and bell peppers and saute until your veggies are crispy and the chicken is cooked.
  • Add your tequila reduction and the cream. Keep it over low heat while you cook the pasta of your choice, then toss with hot pasta.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 241gCalories: 367.5kcalCarbohydrates: 8.4gProtein: 17.9gFat: 29.6gSaturated Fat: 12.6gCholesterol: 101.9mgSodium: 209.4mgFiber: 1.3gSugar: 3.2g
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