Chipotle Grilled Chicken

Chipotle Grilled Chicken | Get Inspired Everyday!

Chipotle Grilled Chicken | Get Inspired Everyday!

This is my new go-to recipe for chicken; because what can’t be improved with chipotle? This started out as a basic marinade for summer grilling, but one thing led to another and I just couldn’t keep the chipotle out of there. So here we are with this Mexican inspired marinade, and you know what? Chipotle Grilled Chicken has just become my new building block for all things Mexican.

Chipotle Grilled Chicken | Get Inspired Everyday!

Chipotle Grilled Chicken | Get Inspired Everyday!

Whisk together the marinade ingredients in a bowl and add the chicken. I like to marinate my chicken in a glass bowl, because.. well… it’s chicken, and plastic seems dicey. This recipe is really flavorful even if you marinate the chicken for 30 minutes, but overnight is better.

Chipotle Grilled Chicken | Get Inspired Everyday!

Chipotle Grilled Chicken | Get Inspired Everyday!

So.. about those grill marks, the secret is a really hot grill. I preheat the grill on high, sear the chicken for a couple of minutes. This lays down the first set of grill marks. Next, I reduce the heat to medium and rotate the chicken 45 degrees.  This gives you the ‘crosshatched’ look. With chicken, it’s important to get plenty of time over medium heat or the outside will burn before the inside cooks.

Chipotle Grilled Chicken | Get Inspired Everyday!

Fresh off the grill and bronzed to perfection. I love the slightly sweet-spicy flavors of this marinade and the way it caramelizes the outside of the chicken.

Chipotle Grilled Chicken | Get Inspired Everyday!

We ate this with Caesar Salad, a little uncoventional and ooh so good.  I can see many summer meals to come. We decided that this might be our new ‘after hiking’ meal. It was so easy and so good, I think it will be perfect end any hiking adventure.

Chipotle Grilled Chicken | Get Inspired Everyday!

Chipotle Grilled Chicken | Get Inspired Everyday!


Chipotle Grilled Chicken | Get Inspired Everyday!

Chipotle Grilled Chicken

  • Author: Get Inspired Everyday!
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x


  • Marinade:
  • 1 Teaspoon chipotle chile powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon chipotle in adobo
  • 1/2 Teaspoon cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 Teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 pound chicken breasts, boneless, skinless


  1. Whisk together all ingredients for the marinade. Place the chicken in the marinade and turn to coat. Marinate at least 30 minutes, overnight is better.
  2. Preheat the grill on high. Place the chicken on the grill and sear for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Turn the grill down to medium. To get the grill marks, rotate the chicken 45 degrees and cook for another 4-5 minutes.
  4. Turn the chicken and cook until done, about 8-10 minutes. Serve immediately.


You can use one or the other kind of chipotle. I like a mix of the two, but either or is good.


13 Comments on “Chipotle Grilled Chicken”

  1. I just found your website a few weeks ago and we have tried several recipes already (they have ALL been amazing!). We have made this chicken 4 times in the last two weeks and it was a huge hit with our whole family. Our kids (4, 8, and 10) have literally never been so excited to eat leftovers!

    1. It always makes my day when one of my recipes is a hit with kids, they can be the most discerning eaters! I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying the recipes, and I hope you find a few favorites! 🙂

  2. Made this two nights ago and we loved it. I doubled the honey and soy sauce to dilute the chipotle spices and make it a little fiery. I am trying a new batch but substituted honey for agave.

  3. Update to my comment. This was SOOOOOOO good. We marinated it overnight, and I did the caesar salad thing with it the next night. I actually made it with the chipotle caesar dressing you gave me years ago.

  4. Dang it. I’m mad I just remembered this. I was asking Ashely what I should make for dinner tonight (a joke, since she never knows either…hahaha…), and she said she felt like a caesar salad. And then I remembered this. Maybe I should get the ingredients tonight and get the chicken ready for dinner tomorrow. Ahhh!! Lightbulb!

  5. Oh I love glazed chicken! General Tso’s used to be my favorite! And thanks for the kind comment on my blog 🙂 You should totally attempt a grain free layer cake! It’s not hard 🙂 The recipe is super easy and delicious. As long as you don’t attempt to dump the cake from it’s pan too early, then you’re good!

  6. That looks so good! Is chipotle in adobo a type of sauce?
    I love chicken on the grill so I’ll have to try it sometime.

    1. We love chicken on the grill too! Chipotle in adobo is canned chipotle chilies in a sauce, you can find it in the International Foods section of almost any grocery store. You can also just use chipotle chili powder. I found mine at the health food store.

        1. I used this marinade today! We didn’t have chipotle in adobo so I omitted it but it still turned out great! I will remember this one!

          1. I’m glad you enjoyed it, I just use a bit more chipotle powder when I don’t have the chipotle in adobo and it always works out!

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