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Fiesta Lime Chicken Recipe (Applebee's Copycat)

Applebee's Fiesta Lime Chicken is a surprisingly easy recipe! Serve over tortilla strips with pico de gallo and a side of Mexican rice for a fabulous family dinner.

Course Dinner
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 591 kcal
London Brazil


  • 1 ¼ - 1 ½ lbs. chicken breasts cut into 4 portions
  • 2 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. taco seasoning
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. oil olive or avocado
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • ½ tsp. salt to taste
  • Salsa Ranch
  • ¼ cup ranch dressing
  • ¼ cup salsa mild or medium
  • 2 Tbsp. sour cream
  • 1 tsp. lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp. cilantro finely chopped
  • 4 oz. Colby Jack cheese slices

To Serve: (Optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut chicken into four 5-6 ounce portions. Tenderize with a meat mallet until they are 1-inch thick.
  3. Whisk together lime juice, soy sauce, taco seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, olive oil, honey, and ½ teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Add chicken and marinade in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or up to an hour.
  4. Once the chicken has marinaded, place it in a 13 x 9 inch baking dish in a single layer with a little space between each one. Be sure to let any excess marinade drip off before adding it into the dish.
  5. Bake chicken at 350 for 20-25 minutes.
  6. While the chicken is cooking, whisk together the salsa ranch in a medium-sized bowl.
  7. Once the chicken is almost cooked through, add 1-2 tablespoons of sauce per breast and then place 1 slice of cheese on each. Return to oven for 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

  8. Serve over tortilla chips with additional sauce, lime wedges, pico de gallo, and cilantro. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • To Grill: Add chicken to a medium-heat grill and cook for 4-5 minutes per side, or until cooked through. Add sauce and cheese slices and cook until cheese is melted.
  • Nutrition information is calculated without tortilla strips, pico de gallo, or additional cilantro.
  • To Store: Place leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3-4 days.
  • To Freeze: It is not recommended to freeze the ranch as the consistency may change. If you skip the sauce, cooked chicken can be sealed in a freezer-safe airtight container and frozen for up to 3 months.
Nutrition Facts
Fiesta Lime Chicken Recipe (Applebee's Copycat)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 591 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Fat 32g49%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 8g
Monounsaturated Fat 11g
Cholesterol 199mg66%
Sodium 1807mg79%
Potassium 1095mg31%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 62g124%
Vitamin A 1436IU29%
Vitamin C 11mg13%
Calcium 231mg23%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.