Copycat Chipotle Chicken Recipe

Chipotle-style spicy chicken! The mild version of this recipe is for individuals who don't like spicy meals. For weekday meal prep, batch cook this recipe!  

– 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thigh – 2 Tbsp avocado oil plus more for cooking – ⅓ cup red onion finely chopped – 3 cloves garlic minced – 2 chipotle chilies in adobo sauce + 1 Tbsp adobo sauce* – 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice – 2 tsp paprika* – 1 tsp ground cumin – 1 tsp ground oregano – ½ tsp sea salt – ½ tsp black pepper


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Mix the marinade ingredients in a mini processor, chopper, or blender. Blend to a thick paste. 


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You can finely cut everything with a sharp knife and mix the marinade ingredients in a small bowl without a blender. 

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Place the raw chicken thighs and chipotle chicken marinade in a large bowl or zip lock bag.  

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Seal the bag or cover the bowl with plastic wrap and swish until the chicken pieces are well-marinated. Refrigerate the chicken for 20 minutes or overnight. 

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Remove marinated chicken from fridge and let it remain at room temperature for 15–20 minutes before cooking. This evenly sears and cooks the chicken inside and out. 

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Coat a large cast iron or nonstick skillet with 1–2 tablespoons of avocado oil (or other cooking oil) over medium-high heat. Grills, air fryers, and outdoor barbecues work.

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Start the skillet sizzling.  Heat the skillet and carefully add marinated chicken thighs. Cook until golden brown, 6–8 minutes. Turn chicken and heat 6–8 minutes until done. 

Insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of each chicken thigh to check its temperature. Safe chicken has an internal temperature of 165 degrees F or higher.  

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Taste and feel best after 185 degrees Fahrenheit for chicken thighs. Rest chicken on a large cutting board for 10 minutes. Use a sharp knife to slice or chop chicken. 

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Salads, burrito bowls, and sides complement chipotle chicken. I like cilantro lime rice, corn salsa, guacamole, homemade salsa, 

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black beans, sautéed onions and bell peppers and grated cheese in chicken burrito bowls. Looks like Chipotle toppings. 

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