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Chipotle Chicken


I am always looking for easy and tasty chicken recipes. 

This is a great recipe if you like Mexican food. It’s not too spicy, so even if you don’t like spicy food, you will still enjoy this dish.


You can use bone-in chicken or boneless chicken breasts/thighs. I ask the butcher to cut a whole chicken into 8 pieces for me. The backbone is usually in the bag, which you can save for chicken soup or just toss.

I find that chicken on the bone, while taking way longer to cook, is much more flavorful than boneless chicken breasts.

The chicken needs to marinate overnight, so you need to prep this the day before. But it is a very easy recipe and it’s delicious!



I always have a can of chipotle peppers on hand. Chipotle peppers in adobe sauce are smoked jalapenos in a tangy vinegar sauce. They are perfect mixed in with mayo and cilantro to make a spicy dipping sauce (see recipe here).

 The recipe can be done on the grill or in your oven and finished with a fast broil to crisp the skin.

I serve this along charred bell peppers and yellow rice.


Chipotle Grilled Chicken (click here to print recipe without pictures)

- 1/4 cup canned chipotle chiles in adobo (more if you like it spicier)
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, pressed
- 1/2 onion, coarsely chopped
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 3 1/2-pound chicken, cut into 8 pieces
- Nonstick vegetable oil spray

1. Combine chipotles in adobo, olive oil, and garlic cloves in processor; puree until paste forms. Add chopped onion, chopped cilantro, paprika, ground cumin, chili powder, and salt; process until onion is finely chopped. Transfer 1/4 cup chipotle mixture to small bowl; cover and refrigerate.



2. Arrange chicken pieces in single layer in a glass baking dish. Spread remaining chipotle mixture all over chicken pieces. Cover and refrigerate overnight.



 3a. Grilled: Spray grill rack with nonstick spray. Prepare barbecue (medium heat). Grill chicken until cooked through, moving to cooler part of grill as needed to prevent burning and brushing with reserved marinade during last 5 minutes of grilling, about 30 minutes. Transfer chicken to platter and serve.

3b. Baked/Broiled: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line baking sheet with foil and place broiling rack on top. Spray rack with nonstick spray.  Place chicken in single layer on rack and bake 45-50 min until juices run clear from chicken, flipping once halfway through cooking. 
Change oven to broil, flip chicken pieces so they are skin-side up and broil until skin is crisp, 3-5 min. Transfer to platter and enjoy!