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Re-create the flavors of Chipotle's grilled chicken in your own kitchen with this tasty recipe. Chipotle chiles in adobo sauce add a delicious layer of smokiness and spiciness to the marinade, which is accented by the cumin and lime. The longer you marinate the chicken, the spicier it will be. Use this copycat Chipotle chicken in salads, burrito bowls or as a filling for tacos.

EatingWell.com, February 2023


Credit: Photographer: Jennifer Causey, Food stylist: Ruth Blackburn

Recipe Summary

25 mins
3 hrs 25 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Place onion, chipotles, lime juice, garlic, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper in a food processor. Process until mostly smooth and well combined, 30 seconds to 1 minute. 

  • Transfer the marinade to a large zip-top plastic bag; add chicken. Seal the bag and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or up to 12 hours.  

  • Let the chicken stand at room temperature while preparing pan. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. (Alternatively, preheat grill to medium-high heat. Lightly coat the grill pan with cooking spray and place on grates. Do not use cooking spray over open flames.) Remove the chicken from the marinade (discard any remaining marinade). Coat the grill pan lightly with cooking spray. Cook the chicken, turning halfway, until lightly charred and cooked through, about 6 minutes.

To make ahead

Marinate chicken (Step 2) for up to 12 hours.

Nutrition Facts

about 2/3 cup
157 calories; protein 27g; carbohydrates 4g; dietary fiber 1g; sugars 1g; fat 3g; saturated fat 1g; mono fat 1g; poly fat 1g; cholesterol 83mg; vitamin a iu 220IU; vitamin b3 niacin 11mg; vitamin c 5mg; vitamin d iu 1IU; vitamin e iu 1IU; folate 14mg; vitamin k 1mg; sodium 352mg; calcium 17mg; iron 1mg; magnesium 35mg; phosphorus 250mg; potassium 421mg; zinc 1mg; niacin equivalents 16mg; selenium 26mcg.