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two chipotle chicken breasts in a cast iron skillet.
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Chipotle Chicken (Copycat Recipe)

This chipotle chicken is a copycat recipe from the famous chain restaurant we all know and love! Juicy chicken breasts packed with flavor that can be grilled or baked. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: American, Mexican, Tex Mex
Servings: 4
Calories: 305kcal


  • 4 chicken breasts or thighs
  • 1 can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce only use 2 peppers and discard the seeds.
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano dried
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 lime juiced


  • Remove the seeds from 2 chipotle peppers and discard the rest. Place the 2 chipotle peppers and all of the sauce into a food processor or blender.
  • Add the water, garlic cloves, granulated garlic, onion powder, salt, pepper, lime juice, oregano, and cumin. Blend until smooth.
  • Place the chicken and marinade in a large freezer bag and refrigerate for 1 hour or overnight. Let the chicken sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before cooking. 
  • Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Once the skillet is nice and hot add the chicken and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. Chop the chicken into nite-sized pieces and check for seasoning. Add more salt and pepper if needed.


  • If you want it extra spicy don't discard the seeds.
  • Add some brown sugar or honey to sweeten it up.
  • Use beef, shrimp, pork, or chicken thighs.
  • Use the chipotle chicken to make burritos, tacos, or bowls.
  • Cook the chicken for 3-4 minutes on each side or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
  • If you notice the chicken is still raw after you chopped it, toss it back into the skillet and cook until the chicken is fully cooked through. 


Calories: 305kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 1765mg | Potassium: 888mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2563IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 3mg