Applebee’s Fiesta Lime Chicken Recipe with Cauliflower Spanish Rice

Fiesta Lime Chicken with Cauliflower Rice
Freezer Friendly Grain Free Keto Friendly Kid Friendly Low Carb

Nutrition: 356 Calories | 7.6g Net Carbs | 35g Protein

Flavorful marinated chicken topped with Mexi-Ranch and gooey melted cheese. Enjoy a favorite at home with this easy Applebee’s Fiesta Lime Chicken Recipe.

Applebee's Fiesta Lime Chicken Recipe

Going out to a restaurant can be so much fun. The whole family loves it because they can pick out exactly what they want. I love it because I don’t have to clean the dishes. And of course it’s a great opportunity to try new foods and explore different flavors. Applebee’s is a great family friendly restaurant, and by that I mean the kids can be noisy and no one minds. Applebee’s fiesta lime chicken is scrumptious and the flavors are easy to recreate at home.

Fiesta Lime Chicken Marinade

When I set out to recreate the fiesta chicken at home, I started with a recipe the whole family loves. I took the lime and herb marinated chicken recipe and switched up some of the ingredients. Just switch out the herbs for some fiesta inspired flavors, and you have a whole new meal. This is a great way to make something new using recipes you already know.

Fiesta Lime Chicken Marinade

Marinate the Chicken

The best way to really infuse chicken with lots of flavor is to marinate it. And the easiest way to create a marinade is to mix everything together in a zip-top bag (less dishes too). First, combine ground coriander, chili powder, oregano and salt with fresh lime juice and zest, canola (or vegetable) oil, honey and fresh crushed garlic in your zip-top bag. Second, hold up the top of the resealable bag in one hand and mix the ingredients together by squishing the bottom of the bag with the other hand. Once the marinade is mixed together, add the chicken to the bag. Remove all the air and seal it tight. Then, move the chicken around inside the bag to make sure it’s all covered in marinade. Place the bag of marinating chicken in the refrigerator on a plate (in case it leaks) for 4 hours or even overnight. You could also freeze the chicken with the marinade for easy meal prep.

Make Your Own Mexi-Ranch

On top of the tangy marinated chicken is a layer of creamy Mexi-Ranch. You can buy something similar at the store, but it’s also easy to make at home. Start with a base of ranch dressing: milk, mayonnaise, greek yogurt and ranch dressing mix. Add in the fiesta flavors with salsa and homemade taco seasoning (chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, ground coriander and cumin). Mix everything together and let it sit for 30 minutes or more. You can make it when you’re marinating the chicken, and keep it in the refrigerator until it’s time to cook. Or, make it right before you start cooking so the flavors have time to meld together.

Cauliflower Spanish Rice

Cauliflower Spanish Rice

Applebee’s Fiesta Lime Chicken is served on top of tortilla strips with Spanish rice on the side. To lighten up your meal and reduce the carbs, skip the tortilla strips and make some cauliflower Spanish rice. In a sauté pan, combine riced cauliflower, canned southwest style tomatoes, tomato sauce and salsa. Mix together and let it simmer until all the liquid is gone. It takes about 15 minutes on medium-high heat.

Cauliflower Spanish Rice

Cauliflower rice is so versatile and can be flavored in lots of ways. If you like this Spanish rice version, you should check out these other recipes too. Lemon Dill Cauliflower Rice, Seasoned Cauliflower Sushi Rice, Coconut Ginger Cauliflower Rice, and Chicken Florentine with Cauliflower Rice.

Grilled Chicken with Mixi-Ranch and Cheese

Grill Your Fiesta Lime Chicken

While the cauliflower Spanish rice in simmering, grill the marinated chicken. Using an outdoor grill or indoor grill pan, grill the chicken over medium heat. Grill one side for about 4-5 minutes and turn over. After another 3-4 minutes, when the chicken is almost cooked through, spread your Mexi-Ranch on top of each chicken breast. Then, sprinkle the ranch with shredded cheese. Cook until the cheese is melted and the chicken is cooked through. Move the chicken to a plate and let it rest for a few minutes. Finally, serve your homemade Applebee’s Fiesta Lime Chicken with the cauliflower Spanish Rice and Pico de Gallo.

Applebee's Fiesta Lime Chicken
Fiesta Lime Chicken with Cauliflower Rice
Fiesta Lime Chicken with Cauliflower Rice

Applebee’s Fiesta Lime Chicken Recipe with Cauliflower Spanish Rice

Flavorful marinated chicken topped with Mexi-Ranch and gooey melted cheese. Enjoy a favorite at home with this easy Applebee’s Fiesta Lime Chicken Recipe.

Total Time: 4 Hours 25 Minutes
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Inactive Time: 4 Hours
Cook Time: 15 Minutes


  • 4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Coriander
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 Limes, Juice and Zest
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, Crushed
  • 2 Tbsp Honey
  • 1/2 Cup Canola Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Mexi-Ranch (Ingredients Below)
  • 6 Tbsp Shredded Cheddar Jack Cheese
  • 4 Tbsp Pico de Gallo
  • 1/4 Cup Salsa
  • 1/2 Cup Mayonnaise
  • 1/2 Cup Greek Yogurt
  • 1/3 Cup Milk
  • 2 Tbsp Ranch Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Each: Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Ground Coriander & Ground Cumin
Cauliflower Spanish Rice
  • 4 Cups Cauliflower Rice
  • 1 Can (14.5 oz) Southwest Style Tomatoes
  • 8 oz Tomato Sauce
  • 1/4 Cup Salsa
  • 1 tsp Salt


  1. In a zip-top bag, combine 1/2 teaspoon each of ground coriander and chili powder, oregano, 1 teaspoon salt, lime juice and zest, crushed garlic, honey and canola oil. Mix the ingredients together in the bag until they are combined. Add the chicken to the bag. Remove all the air and seal the bag. Move the chicken around in the bag to make sure it is covered in marinade. Marinate the chicken for at least 4 hours. You can marinate it overnight too. You can freeze the chicken in the marinade too.
  2. Mix together all the Mexi-Ranch ingredients with a whisk and set aside.
  3. Pre-heat your grill pan or outdoor grill.
  4. While the grill is heating up, start cooking the cauliflower Spanish rice. In a sauté pan, combine the cauliflower rice, canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, 1/4 cup salsa and 2 teaspoons salt. Mix everything together and sauté, stirring occasionally, until all the liquid is gone, about 15 minutes.
  5. Once the grill is pre-heated, grill the chicken for about 4-5 minutes per side until cooked through. After flipping the chicken and when it’s almost cooked through, top each chicken breast with Mexi-Ranch and shredded cheese. Once the cheese has melted, remove the chicken from the grill and let it rest. Serve the Fiesta Lime Chicken with the cauliflower Spanish Rice. Top with Pico de Gallo. Enjoy.


Yield: 4 servings, Serving Size: 1 Chicken Breast (4 oz) and 1 Cup Cauliflower Rice

Amount Per Serving:  Calories: 356,  Total Fat: 19.5g, Saturated Fat: 4.8g,  Cholesterol: 97.6mg, Sodium: 1462.3mg, Carbohydrates: 9.9g, Fiber 2.3g, Sugars: 6.5g, Protein 35g

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