Guide To Serve Chipotle Chicken Recipe Simple

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Craving that smoky, flavorful chipotle chicken you get at your favorite restaurants? You can ditch the delivery fees and whip up this amazingly delicious version right in your own kitchen! This recipe is surprisingly simple and delivers bold, authentic chipotle taste in under an hour.


Copycat Chipotle Chicken
Copycat Chipotle Chicken

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs (trimmed and pounded to even thickness)

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (adjust for desired heat)
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • Directions:

    1. Marinate the Chicken: In a large bowl, whisk together olive oil, chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, and cayenne pepper. Season generously with salt and pepper. Add chicken pieces and toss to coat evenly. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or up to 4 hours for deeper flavor.

    2. Cook the Chicken: Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add chicken pieces, discarding any excess marinade. Cook for 5-7 minutes per side, or until chicken is cooked through and golden brown. Remove chicken from the pan and set aside.

    3. Simmer the Sauce: In the same skillet, whisk in diced tomatoes with their juices and chicken broth. Bring to a simmer, scraping any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, allowing the sauce to thicken slightly.

    4. Shred the Chicken: Transfer cooked chicken to a cutting board and shred with two forks. Alternatively, use a stand mixer with the paddle attachment for effortless shredding.

    5. Assemble and Serve: Return shredded chicken to the simmering sauce in the pan. Toss to coat evenly and heat through for a couple of minutes. Remove from heat and stir in fresh cilantro. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste.

    Serve chipotle chicken with your favorite accompaniments like fluffy white rice, brown rice, quinoa, or salad. You can also use it for tacos, burritos, bowls, or fajitas!

    Nutrition Facts (per serving)

    This recipe yields approximately 4 servings. Here’s a general estimate of the nutritional content per serving:

    Calories: 400

  • Fat: 20g
  • Protein: 40g
  • Carbs: 20g
  • Sodium: 500mg (depending on added salt)

  • Note: These are approximate values and may vary depending on the specific ingredients used.


    This chipotle chicken recipe is a fantastic way to enjoy restaurant-quality flavor at home. It’s easy to customize the spice level to your preference, and the leftovers are perfect for quick and healthy meals throughout the week.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    1. Can I use bone-in, skin-on chicken pieces?

    Yes, you can! Just be sure to remove the skin before cooking and adjust the cooking time accordingly. Bone-in chicken pieces will take slightly longer to cook through.

    2. What can I substitute for chipotle peppers in adobo sauce?

    If you can’t find chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, you can use a combination of chili powder, smoked paprika, and a pinch of cayenne pepper to replicate the smoky flavor.

    3. How can I make this recipe in a slow cooker?

    Absolutely! Combine all ingredients except the cilantro in your slow cooker and cook on low for 4-6 hours, or on high for 2-3 hours, or until chicken is fully cooked through. Shred chicken directly in the slow cooker, then stir in cilantro and heat through for a minute before serving.

    4. What are some other ways to use leftover chipotle chicken?

    Leftover chipotle chicken is incredibly versatile! Use it for quesadillas, enchiladas, chicken salad sandwiches, or toss it into a salad for a protein boost.

    5. Can I freeze leftover chipotle chicken?

    Yes, you can! Let the cooked chicken cool completely, then store it in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.