Margarita ‘Chicken’ with Lime Cilantro Rice

  • 1/4 cup flour (about 2 1/4 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 8 small yellow squash whole with the ends cut off
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 cup thinly sliced onion (about 1 medium)
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 cup green onions
  • 3/4 cup cilantro
  • 2 Tblsp lime juice
  • vegan butter
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup dried tropical fruit
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup tequila
  • 1 lime, thinly sliced coins


  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Combine first 3 ingredients in a small baking dish. Slice a very thin layer off 2 sides, opposite sides, of the squash so they lay flat in the skillet. Sprinkle squash with salt; dredge squash in flour mixture.
  3. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add squash to pan; cook 4 minutes on each side or until nicely browned. Transfer squash to an 11 x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Add onion to skillet; cook 3 minutes. Add garlic to pan, and sauté 1 minute.
  4. While Squash is cooking, get 2 cups of water boiling for 1 cup of rice, and then slice up 3/4 cup of green onions and 3/4 cup cilantro, and squeeze 2 Tblsp fresh lime juice for the rice.
  5. Combine the tropical fruit, orange juice and tequila in a microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for 2 mins.
  6. Pour fruit mixture into skillet; bring to a boil, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Cook 1 minute. Pour onion mixture over chicken; top with lime coins. Bake at 400° for 9-14minutes or until squash is done to your preferred degree of tenderness. (I took mine out of the oven a little earlier than my son’s. I like my squash to have a little snap left in them, but my son likes his a little more mushy.)
  7. When rice is done mix in green onions, cilantro, 2 tblsp butter, 1/2 tsp sea salt, and 2 tblsp lime juice. Combine thoroughly.
  8. Serve 2 squash topped with plenty of fruit and broth topping, and a side of rice. 🙂

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