Chipotle Chicken


Why season and chill this chicken before cooking? That chilling time allows salt to penetrate the chicken and as the muscle fibers break down, it helps the meat reabsorb the juices.

Chipotle Chicken
Photo: Carson Downing
Hands On Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs


  • 1 - 1 ½ pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • ¾ cup reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • 3 tablespoon lime juice

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoon butter

  • 1 chipotle chile pepper in adobo sauce, finely chopped

  • Chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Season chicken generously with salt and pepper. Place on a plate. Chill, uncovered, for 2 hours. Remove from refrigerator and let stand 30 minutes. Heat a heavy 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. To check when hot enough, add a large drop of water (1/8 teaspoon) to the skillet. When it rolls around the pan like a bead of mercury it is ready. This will take 2 to 3 minutes.

  2. Remove skillet from heat; add oil. Swirl to coat bottom of skillet. Return to medium-high heat. Add chicken (don't crowd the pan). Cook for 5 minutes or until a crust forms (be patient; the chicken will release when it's ready to be turned). Turn and cook for 5 to 7 minutes more or until chicken is done (165°F). Adjust heat as necessary.

  3. Remove chicken from skillet to a plate; cover loosely. Remove skillet from heat. Carefully add broth, lime juice, and garlic to skillet (mixture will spatter). Return to heat. Bring to boiling, stirring to scrape up browned bits. Boil gently, uncovered, for 5 minutes or until reduced by about half. Remove from heat. Whisk in butter, chipotle, and any juices from the chicken.

  4. Spoon sauce over chicken to serve. Sprinkle with cilantro.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

259 Calories
15g Fat
3g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 259
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 98mg 33%
Sodium 361mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 4.6mg 23%
Calcium 19.1mg 1%
Iron 0.7mg 4%
Potassium 396.8mg 8%
Folate, total 9.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.8mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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