Chipotle Honey Grilled Chicken — Great for Tacos

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Chipotle Honey Grilled Chicken is a fantastic and versatile chicken dish that is amazing on anything from tacos to a light salad.

Chipotle Shredded Grilled Chicken Tacos

This post was sponsored by Albertsons. As always all opinions, statements, and recipes are my own.

One of my favorite easy marinades is using chipotle, from a can of chipotle in adobo sauce, and mix it with a few simple ingredients.

It’s great for fish, chicken, you name it.

I’ve found that one ingredient (in moderation of course) is one of the best ways to jazz up boneless skinless 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.

Chipotle Shredded Grilled Chicken Tacos

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 to find a store near you and discover more meal prep tips and recipe ideas.

Supplies for Albertsons Chipotle Chicken

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 or 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 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).
  • Save the other half for later.

Now before you add this straight to the grill you need to add one more layer of flavor.

Dry Rub for Chicken Breasts

Add dry rub to the chicken breasts 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. We always add a dry rub after a marinade, and before grilling, to maximize flavor.

Grilling 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.

Chipotle Marinated Grilled Chicken Breast

Now Shred!

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.

Shredded Chipotle Marinated Chicken

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.

Chipotle Shredded Grilled Chicken

This recipe is easy to make in larger quantities, making it perfect for your Memorial Weekend BBQ Parties.

Chipotle Honey Grilled Chicken Recipe

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Chipotle Shredded Grilled Chicken
5 from 2 votes

Chipotle Honey Grilled Chicken

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. 
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Time Marinating: 1 hour
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 -6 servings


  • 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. 

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Time Marinating: 1 hour
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Entree
Cuisine: American, BBQ, Barbecue, Mexican
Servings: 4 -6 servings
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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. 

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I'm Mary, a wine/food/travel writer, Certified Sommelier, mom of twins, former vegetarian turned BBQ fanatic, runner, founder of Vindulge, and author of Fire + Wine cookbook. Thanks for stopping by!

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  1. 5 stars
    Coincidentally, I’ve been on a bit of a chipotle kick lately myself, so I’m super excited to try this out! I’ll skip the Revenge Salsa, though!

  2. I love grilling season, too! And we just got honeybees for our new hive, so at some point I’ll have my own honey for dishes like this. 🙂

    1. Woah! I’d love to have my own hives to make honey! That sounds awesome. Fresh honey is the best!

  3. 5 stars
    Y-U-M!!! Such a great recipe! So easy to make and also to easy customize per individual tastes. Perfect for summertime grilling!

    1. That’s one of the great things about adding corn and honey. The sweetness balances out that spicy heat. 🙂