Lately I’ve been craving Mexican food, maybe it’s the weather or because it’s simple to cook or  it’s because it goes well with an ice cold beer? All of the above? But when I want Mexican, I crave this simple and quick Chipotle Chicken Marinade!

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I use this recipe when I make chicken fajitas, quesadillas and nachos. The great thing about this recipe is that you can control the heat factor, so if you want it spicier you just add more chipotles and vice versa.

So what is chipotle in adobo?? Chipotle: is a smoked-dried jalapeno. Adobo: is Spanish for sauce which is prepared by stewing the chipotles with tomatoes, garlic, vinegar, salt, and spices like ground cumin and dried oregano, but mainly it’s the peppers which gives it flavor!.

When I make this for my for my family I only use two, but if it is my husband and myself, which is rare, I add another one because we like it spicy! Just take my advice, don’t taste the adobo sauce straight up or your tongue might fall off. kidding! But it is spicy. Hopefully that doesn’t scare you, I don’t want you think the recipe I’m giving you is insanely spic because mixing the chipotles with the oil, honey and garlic plus the grilling really tones it down.

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Here are the ingredients you will need: olive oil, honey, chipotles in adobo, ground cumin, 2 garlic cloves, and the usual kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.

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In your food processor add the olive oil. I so love my mini food processor for salad dressings and marinades!! I think you can get them for 20$!! Totally worth it!

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Then add the honey…

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salt and pepper…

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and the cumin… Don’t turn it on just yet…

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Smash and peel the two garlic cloves. I love garlic… eat it almost everyday… even for breakfast… just you wait, you’ll be eating it too!

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Roughly chop the garlic, it doesn’t have to be pretty or fancy.

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Throw it in with all the others.

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Next open the can of chipotles in adobo {you can find these easily at your local grocery store in the ethnic food isle}. Here is where you have the control… to make it spicy or not-so-spicy. So start with two… then work your way up the next time. For a small can it sure does hold a lot of chipotle chiles!  You could save these in an airtight container and even add a few to your salsa!

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Line em’ up and roughly chop.

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Add them to the other ingredients, tightly lock the lid into place and let ‘er rip! {Here is where you could add in the optional ingredients listed below with the recipe!}

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It should be thick…but not chunky.

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Pour the marinade over top of the chicken.

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Toss them around and cover with plastic wrap or a tight-fitting lid.

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I would definitely refrigerate the chicken in the Chipotle Chicken Marinade for about an hour and a half. Then pull them out 30 minutes in advance to bring them up a bit in temperature. Cold chicken on a hot grill is not ideal.

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Over medium to medium high heat grill the chicken until it reaches around 170 degrees internally with a thermometer, or 6-10 minutes per-side depending on thickness.

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Don’t forget to let your chicken rest for about 5 minutes before slicing, cover it with aluminum foil and let it chill. Then you can slice it up thin and use it for quesadillas, tacos or nachos.

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Enjoy! And if you give this Chipotle Chicken Marinade recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

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Chipotle Chicken Marinade
Yield: 4

Chipotle Chicken Marinade

Sweet and smoky, this Chipotle Chicken Marinade has fresh garlic, chipotles and cumin with a touch of honey. Perfect with shrimp, chicken or beef.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Additional Time 9 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic smashed, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 chipotle chiles in adobo, roughly chopped
  • a generous pinch of kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Optional: add in some fresh lime zest or chopped cilantro leaves.
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Instructions

In a mini food processor add olive oil, honey, salt, pepper, cumin, garlic and chopped chipotles.

Let the food processor run until the marinade is thick but not chunky.

Pour over chicken and marinade for two hours {remove 30 minutes prior to grilling}.

Heat your grill to medium/ medium high heat and grill the chicken 6 to 8 minutes a side or until no longer pink.

Let rest for 15 minutes before slicing.

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