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I don’t know about you, but I LOVE Chipotle; it is my weakness, and it’s a problem. I just LOVE their chicken – the seasoning, how juicy it is… and I’ve been trying to mimic it for years. I’ve FINALLY found the recipe that tastes as good – or even better! The best part is, you can cook it a number of ways; I think the grill is the best, but you can also bake it (375 degrees for about 25 minutes) or even in a large skillet over medium heat (but remember you do need to add a little more oil to do this, so the other methods are preferred).

In the end, you get delicious chicken that you can eat a number of ways – in a burrito, on a salad or with rice and veggies. Enjoy!

 Ingredients

  • 1/4 medium red onion, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp adobo sauce (from a small can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce)
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 Tbsp real salt
  • 2 gloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp ancho chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Preparation

Make the Marinade:

  1. Place onion, garlic, adobo sauce, olive oil, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt  and pepper into a food processor or blender and process until smooth.
  2. Pour marinade into a 1/2 cup measuring cup and add enough water to reach 1/2 cup.
  3. Using a fork, poke holes all over the chicken thighs and place in resealable plastic bag (I usually trim the excess fat off of the thighs first).
  4. Pour marinade over the chicken, seal, and use your hands to move the marinade around so that all of the chicken is evenly coated.
  5. Refrigerate at least one hour, or overnight.

Cook the Chicken:

  1. Warm up the grill!
  2. Grill chicken over medium high heat for 10 to 15 minutes on each side, or until chicken is cooked through and juices run clear (165-176 degrees F)
  3. Remove chicken and let sit at least 10 minutes
  4. Slice or chop chicken – serve in a burrito, on a salad or on it’s own!
Nutrition

Per serving (makes 8): 155 calories, 2g carbs, 7g fat, 22g protein, 513mg sodium, 1g sugar