Chipotle Honey Grilled Chicken is a fantastic and versatile chicken dish that is amazing on anything from tacos to a light salad.
This post was sponsored by Albertsons. As always all opinions, statements, and recipes are my own.
I’ve been on a huge chipotle kick lately, and no I’m not talking about the restaurant. I’m talking about the spicy smoked jalapeños canned in that delicious rich adobo sauce. I get it from my mom, who taught me how to cook with this delicious stuff.
In fact, she has this salsa that she calls “revenge salsa”.
Why “revenge” you ask?
She uses an entire can of chipotle in adobo (oh so spicy!) and an entire bulb (yes the whole bulb) of roasted garlic (oh so potent!!). One taste of this will have you reeking for days… hence you only want to make it when you’re taking revenge on someone 😉
Revenge aside, I’ve found that one ingredient (in moderation of course) is one of the best ways to jazz up chicken breasts, which, I think we can all agree, can use a little jazzing up from time to time. Marinating chicken in a delicious combination of spicy chipotle, sweet orange and honey, and olive oil to bind it all together, is a flavor bomb just waiting for your hot grill to take some action.
Speaking of your grill, how excited am I that we can FINALLY talk about “grilling season”?! So much that I’m ready to share all of my favorite recipes from the mountaintop!
Y’all know we grill 365 days a year around here, but since we’re in the minority of that way of thinking, I tend to withhold some of my excitement until we creep closer to Memorial Day… which is just weeks away! Can I hear a woot woot!
So if you’re finally ready to dust off your gorgeous grill and whip up something delicious we’ve got a simple way to kick off the season. For this recipe we’re using Signature Farms®Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts and some other amazing Signature SELECT™ products, to create some incredible and flavorful chicken that will be fan-flippin-tastic for anything from pulled chicken sliders, to tacos, to a topping for a kick-ass salad if you’re wanting something on the lighter side. I buy my Signature SELECT, and Signature Farms products, available exclusively in my local area, at Albertsons and Safeway. You can also find them at all Albertsons Companies family of stores, including ACME Markets, Jewel-Osco, Vons, Pavilions, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Shaw’s, Star Market, and Carrs/Safeway. Visit Albertsons.com to find a store near you and discover more meal prep tips and recipe ideas.
Also, I mention mom not only because she taught me all about using chipotle in adobo and all of its many wonders, but also because she spent her career working at Albertsons. She’s retired now, but growing up it was she who I learned cooking tips and tricks from, and pretty much everything she put on the dinner table came from her place of work after a long day, so I grew to appreciate and value the trust she placed in her former employer.
And now that we’re in the country, the Aloha Albertsons is actually the closest grocery store to us and where I’ll often stock up on essentials (especially the exclusive labels like Signature Farms, Signature SELECT, and Signature Kitchens), like those needed for this soon-to-be-your-favorite-summer-grilled-chicken-recipe! Visit Safeway.com or Albertsons.com to find a store near you and discover more meal prep tips and recipe ideas. Quality and value go a long way!
How to make amazing grilled chipotle marinated chicken breasts.
Start with a couple of Signature Farms Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, cleaned and patted dry.
Next up make this spicy and sweet marinade. Add the chipotle, orange juice, honey, garlic, salt, and a generous amount of Signature SELECT™ Extra Virgin Olive oil (to help everything bind and come together) to your food processor and blend away! Place HALF of the marinade in a large plastic baggie (reserving the other half for later), add the chicken, and place in your refrigerator for up to 4 hours (with a minimum of 1 hour).
Now before you add this straight to the grill you need to add one more layer of flavor.
The Dry Rub
Add your dry rub now. Take the meat out of the marinade and onto a cutting board or plate. Add the dry rub and now you’re all set to put these bad boys onto a hot grill.
Grilling your Chipotle Marinated Chicken Breasts
Grill over direct heat until the internal temperature of the chicken is 165 degrees F. (roughly 20 – 25 minutes). If your fire is super hot, then be sure the smoker is set for indirect heat so you can move the meat over the non coal portion and avoid unnecessary charring.
Shred the chicken using either 2 forks, your fingers, or heck using a stand mixer (I’ve seen it), whatever makes you happy.
Now add back that reserved marinade (the stuff you DIDN’T use to actually marinate the meat), and mix together.
Now you’re ready to enjoy the heck out of this full flavored chicken.
You can use this chicken as:
- A filling for enchiladas
- A filling for sliders (just bring the buns!)
- To top some nachos (you know you want to!)
- On top of a salad for something light and delicious
- Or as we’ve done here, for the best chicken tacos ever
The options are endless.
This recipe is easy to make in larger quantities, making it perfect for your Memorial Weekend BBQ Parties.
An easy and delicious recipe for spicy and sweet Chipotle Honey Grilled Chicken. Grilled marinated chicken, shredded and perfect for tacos, sliders, sandwiches, and so much more.
- 1/2 cup chipotle in adobo sauce (mix of actual chilies and sauce)
- 1 medium orange, juiced (about ½ cup)
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 lg garlic clove
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1/4 cup Signature Farms™ Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 2 Signature Farms™ Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts (about 1.25 lbs
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 tablespoon course ground pepper
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
In a food processor add the chipotle, orange juice, honey, garlic, salt, and olive oil. Pulse until everything is blended and combined.
Reserve half the marinade for later.
Place the other half of the marinade in a large gallon size bag and add the chicken. Mix together. Seal tight, and place in a large bowl and place in the refrigerator for a minimum of 1 hour and up to 4.
Preheat Grill for direct cooking.
Remove chicken from marinade and liberally season it with your dry rub.
Place on grill for direct cooking. Grill approximately 10 minutes per side. It's always best to check your temperature with a digital thermometer. Once the internal temperature of the chicken hits 165 degrees F you can remove from heat.
Let rest for 5-10 minutes, until cool enough to handle, and shred meat. Add the reserved marinade, and mix together.
Use as a filling for tacos, enchiladas, to top a salad with, you name it!
I also like to grill a couple ears of corn while making this dish. It's great to add to tacos or to top a salad, and the natural sweetness of the corn is a great balance to the spiciness of the chipotle marinade.
Are you ready for grilling season?
What recipe are you cooking to kick off the most wonderful time of the year?
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This post was sponsored by Albertsons. As always all opinions, statements, and recipes are my own. My history with Albertsons runs deep and I’m a lifelong fan.