Copycat Chipotle Chicken

Chipotle Chicken
We very rarely eat fast food around our house but when we do we always go for subs or Chipotle. My meal of choice at Chipotle is always the chicken burrito bowl with brown rice, black beans and hot salsa. A few months ago, my mom made a cilantro lime rice and black beans that was very similar to Chipotle and ever since, we have all been obsessed. Like eat it every two weeks or so obsessed. Now, if you know me, that’s saying a lot since I rarely make the same thing without a few months in between. I enjoy variety and trying new recipes, but I always seem to crave that meal.
Chipotle Chicken
I’ve always just made a simple Mexican rub that is really yummy but I was craving the real deal Chipotle copycat so I went on the hunt for something more similar to the restaurant, with chipotles in it of course, and this recipe I found on epicurious is so perfect. I changed it up a bit by removing the oil to make it healthier and adding lime juice because it just makes things like this better. I also upped the amount of cilantro because I’m kind of addicted right now. I know cilantro is usually a love or hate herb for most people and I used to fall into the latter category but I kept trying it in things and I totally love it now. If you are a hater, you could leave it out with delicious results still.
Chipotle Chicken
Mmm, now I really wish we had a can of chipotles in adobo. Pretty sure they will become a staple pantry ingredient from now on.

Copycat Chipotle Chicken
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  1. 1/4 cup canned chipotle chiles in adobo
  2. 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  3. 1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro
  4. 1 tablespoon paprika
  5. 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  6. 1 teaspoon chili powder
  7. 1 teaspoon salt
  8. 1 lime, juiced
  9. 3-4 boneless chicken breasts or thighs, pounded to 1/4-inch thickness
  1. Combine all ingredients, except chicken, in a blender or food processor. Blend until completely combined. Place chicken and marinade in a large ziplock bag and squish around, ensuring all the chicken is covered. Place in refrigerator and marinade for 3 hours or up to overnight.
  2. When ready to cook, preheat grill to medium-high heat. Grill chicken 3-4 minutes per side, or until cooked through and juices run clear. Dice and serve over cilantro rice and black beans.
Adapted from Epicurious
Adapted from Epicurious
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  1. I have been a huge fan of Chipotle since my first visit with your mother. I have mastered the rice, beans, corn salsa and pico. I am working on the Barbacoa and would love to know what hot sauce they use. Thanks for the chicken recipe although I prefer mine shredded.

    1. Hey Grandma! I actually just came across a recipe for the Barbacoa the other day and pinned it to try later. Not sure how close it is to the original but could be worth a try.

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