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Best Chipotle Chicken Recipes

Best Chipotle Chicken Recipes

Chipotle Chicken Shopping Tips

Buy whole chickens and ask the butcher to quarter them for you. You will save an average of $5 per pound, or more.

Chipotle Chicken Cooking Tips

Legs take longer than breasts to cook. For more consistent results, mark the chicken on the grill and then finish cooking them in an oven.


Recipe Summary

  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • ¾ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup sesame oil
  • ⅛ cup soy sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chipotle powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 dash paprika
  • 1 dash cayenne pepper
  • 1 dash celery salt

Combine chicken breasts, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, ketchup, sesame oil, soy sauce, garlic, chipotle powder, oregano, paprika, cayenne, and celery salt into a marinating container and mix well. Let chicken marinate at least 1 hour.

Preheat an outdoor grill for medium heat and lightly oil the grate.

Place marinated chicken breasts on the center of the grill, reserving remaining marinade. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes, spreading remaining marinade over chicken using a basting brush every few minutes to properly glaze. Flip and continue to cook and baste until chicken is no longer pink in the center and juices run clear, 10 to 15 minutes more.


Chipotle Chicken Marinade

To make the marinade, you’ll need some easy-to-find ingredients like onions, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, ground cumin, dried oregano and salt.

You’ll also need some canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce and ancho chili powder. Those ingredients are fairly easy to find in the U.S., but I’ve had some readers mention that those two things aren’t always available in other countries. If you’re not able to find them locally, here’s some links where you can get them online:

Simply add all the ingredients to a food processor or blender and blend.

Once the chicken has marinated for 30 minutes (or up to 8 hours/overnight), it’s time to cook it.


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Put the chicken in a bowl and season it with the garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper and salt. Make sure all the chicken is evenly coated with the seasonings. Set aside.

Put the cream cheese, sour cream, tomato sauce, chipotle peppers plus some of the sauce, garlic clove, onion, milk and chicken bouillon in the blender. Blend for 1-2 minutes or until smooth. Set the sauce aside.

I don’t find this sauce spicy however if you are sensitive to spicy foods you can always add in half the amount of chipotle peppers and sauce before blending. Then taste it after its blended and decide if you want to add more.

In a skillet over medium heat add the oil. When hot add the chicken. Cook for 5 minutes. Do not move the chicken while it’s cooking.

After the 5 minutes flip the chicken and continue to cook for 5 minutes.

Pour the blended sauce in the skillet. Stir and cover the skillet. Reduce heat to medium low and continue to cook for 3 minutes. Then remove from heat and let cool down a bit before serving.

I find this to be a very forgiving recipe. You don’t have to follow this recipe exactly. Lots of things can be changed.

For example if you don’t have the garlic clove or onion you can use extra garlic and onion powder. If you don’t have chicken bouillon you can use tomato bouillon or just salt.

If you don’t have tomato sauce but have tomato paste you can mix that with a little water to get a sauce.

Other cooks use heavy cream in their recipe. The amounts of liquid you add are up to you. If you like a thinner sauce feel free to add more milk. You can also reduce the amounts of cream cheese and sour cream and add heavy cream.

Get creative and let me know how you make yours!

  • Make sure the cream cheese is softened before blending
  • Add half the amount of peppers and sauce to the blender then taste after blending to see if you want a spicier sauce.
  • Make due with what you have. This is a forgiving recipe and is just a guide so get creative with it.

This amazing chicken in chipotle cream sauce is absolutely delicious. I really hope you will give it a try! Serve it with white rice.

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What goes into a chipotle chicken marinade?

Two main components have a significant role in Chipotle's chicken marinade: adobo peppers in adobo sauce and ancho chili powder. With ancho chilies, you can always buy dried ancho chilies and soak them, but that method isn't for me because the process is so long. I like to purchase ancho chili powder which you can find at or local supermarket or even grab it on Amazon.


I normally grill each side for 7-8 minutes or until they reach an internal temperature of 160 degrees or higher. They’ll be perfectly tender and juicy at this point. While I love to grill pork, lamb, and beef, I grill chicken more than anything else. It’s low-fat and rich in so many vitamins and minerals. Plus it’s super versatile and easy to reuse throughout the week.

Whether you’re hosting a backyard BBQ or just need a quick dinner option, this Honey Chipotle Grilled Chicken is so flavorful and quick and easy to make. It’s sure to be a new family favorite!


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With spring out in full force and summer knocking at the door, I’m ready to relax into a little less work and a little more play. You know, long afternoons at the pool or playground, lazy weekend mornings in our PJs in the backyard, evenings looking for fireflies and sipping on something delicious. Maybe this Hawaiian stone sour! Or this raspberry champagne cocktail. Mmm… Sorry, distracted by the drinks. Anyway, today I’m bringing you creamy chipotle chicken — a quick and easy dinner that’s big on flavor! It’s ready in 30 minutes so you can spend more time in play mode!

CREAMY CHIPOTLE CHICKEN

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This recipe is based on my chicken breasts with jalapeño cheese sauce recipe – same technique, just a slightly different flavor in the sauce. Can you tell I like some spicy and some smoky flavors?! (Go check that one out if you’re with me – you will LOVE it!) And this one too. This creamy chicken dinner – which doesn’t use any cream, by the way, so it’s still nice and light for spring and summer – is saucy and smoky and rich and all kinds of spoon-licking good!

We love serving this over steamed brown rice with plenty of extra sauce! You could also try it over quinoa or even pasta. As for sides, we love this steamed lemon butter asparagus in the spring or just some steamed or roasted broccoli or broccolini. Whatever’s your favorite veggie! Flavor up your next chicken dinner with this easy creamy chipotle chicken!

A few notes on this creamy chipotle chicken:

  • You sear the chicken in the pan and then remove it to make the sauce. The chicken will be returned to the pan to cook the rest of the way through.
  • To make things efficient, you can chop your onion, garlic, and chipotle peppers while the chicken is searing.
  • I use 1/3 less fat cream cheese here. Full fat would work fine, too. You could substitute fat-free cream cheese if that’s what you prefer, but it’ll lose a little richness.
  • I use 3 chipotle peppers and 1 tablespoon of the adobo sauce in this recipe. You can increase or decrease that to your liking.

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Tools used in this Creamy Chipotle Chicken

Large Skillet: This skillet is my go-to kitchen tool. It’s large circumference and high sides make it perfect for cooking anything from one pan meals to soups and sauces.

Tongs: A good pair of tongs is a kitchen essential. I like having a couple sizes – a longer set for grilling and a shorter set for stovetop cooking.

Wooden Spoon: Wooden spoons are a kitchen essential. I keep a bunch of them on hand for every meal from breakfast to dinner.

Chipotle Peppers in Adobo: These spicy peppers give a great smoky flavor to any dish!

Chicken Broth: I like cartons of chicken broth over cans. This way if I don’t use all the broth for one meal, I can pop the rest in the fridge for later use.