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So you love Chipotle’s Chicken? Skip take out, because now you can make this copycat Chipotle Chicken recipe right in your own home. A few simple pantry staples are all you need to make a delicious, copycat marinade, let it hang out in the marinade for a couple hours and WOW!

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This recipe is on repeat in our home! In fact, I generally double or triple the recipe and freeze for later.

My neighbor (hey, Caitlin!) recently gave this recipe a shout out and since our boys practically live at Chipotle, I thought I would give it a try. It tastes like the real thing! I have made it over a dozen times, typically weekly, I’ve tweaked it a smidge to make it work best for our family.

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Make a Chipotle Style Taco or Burrito Bar

Flour, Corn, Naked? White or brown rice — black or pinto beans? What type of meat? Oh Copycat Chipotle Chicken you say!

Process shots for Chipotle chicken marinade, top to bottom, left to right. Spices with chipotle powder, chili powder, salt, oregano, cumin and pepper; second is a small bowl of minced garlic being tossed into the spice bowl, 3 pouring oil into bowl of spices, 4 is pouring vinegar into bowl of oil and spices with whisk. Full recipe at thefreshcooky.com

Chicken Breast or Chicken Thighs for Chipotle Chicken?

Chipotle restaurants use primarily chicken thighs, which are much more tender and juicy than breasts, however; we have made this both ways and both are quite delicious!

Four process shots of marinade mixture for Chipotle Chicken. Left to right, top to bottom; marinade in white bowl with mini whisk, marinade being poured over raw chicken breasts, marinade and chicken in plastic baggie with wooden mallet on top for flattening chicken, final is of a ziplock baggie with Chipotle marinade and raw chicken in baggie with written directions to Grill Chipotle chicken for 4-6 minutes per side.

Copycat Chipotle Chicken Marinade Recipe

Whisk it together, pour over pounded chicken meat and allow it to hang out in the marinade for at least 4 hours, preferably 6 or more. Make sure you squish the marinade around in the freezer bag, distributing the marinade over the entire surface area of the chicken.

Four process shots for Chipotle Chicken: Left to right, top to bottom. Pulling chicken breast from marinade with tongs; 2. pouring marinade over top of grilling chicken; 3 grilled chicken breasts on grill with fire below; 4 chopped chipotle chicken in white dish with wooden spoon. Recipe via thefreshcooky.com

Make Ahead Freezer Instructions

Can I freeze the chicken in the marinade? Absolutely! In fact, I encourage it, make a mess once, eat two or three times I always say! As I mentioned above, this recipe is on repeat in our home, so I typically have one in the freezer ready to go.

Simply place your pounded chicken in a freezer ziplock baggie (you might want to write on it before you place your food in the baggie, no mystery meats here), pour the marinade over the chicken, squish to distribute marinade, squeeze as much air out as you can and freeze flat.

Ziplock baggie with writing that says, "Chipotle Chicken, Grill 4-6 minutes per side" filled with chipotle chicken marinade and raw chicken breasts. Recipe on thefreshcooky.com

To prepare from frozen, allow to thaw in the refrigerator overnight (or on the counter for a couple of hours if you are comfortable with that). Squish the marinade around during the thawing process to ensure it’s touching all of the chicken. Then grill as above.

Recipe adapted from Dinner Then Dessert

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That’s it! How will you use your Copycat Chipotle Chicken? In tacos, enchiladas, on a salad, in a bowl, in eggs (my oldest makes his omelet with it every time we make this recipe), nachos, quesadillas?

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Yield: 6-8 servings

Copycat Chipotle Chicken

Copycat Chipotle Chicken

Craving a Chipotle Chicken burrito, bowls or just looking for a chicken recipe with amazing flavor? Now you can make this copycat Chipotle Chicken recipe at home, this recipe is on repeat in our home! In fact, I double the recipe and freeze one for later.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Marinade Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

Pound chicken using mallet until even thickness, about a half inch thick. Tip | place chicken in freezer ziplock baggie or between two sheets of plastic wrap before pounding.

In a small mixing bowl, add all spices, garlic, oil, vinegar and water together, mixing well.

Pour over chicken placed in freezer bags or in baking dish, lifting and moving to make sure all chicken is covered in marinade. Best if marinated for 6 hours, but tastes decent at 3-4 hours too. If marinating in dish, be sure to occasionally turn the chicken.

Heat grill to medium heat and grill for 5-6 minutes per side until cooked through, if grilling thighs, and they are thin, reduce time to 3-5 minutes per side. Remove from grill, allow to rest 5 minutes covered before chopping into bite sized pieces.

Serve in tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas, salads, burrito, or make your own burrito bowl using Cilantro Lime Rice, heated canned black beans, guacamole (no $2 up charge here), salsa, cheese, sour cream -- you get the idea!

Notes

The original recipe from Dinner Then Dessert calls to add chopped chicken into a medium high heat pan with 2 tablespoons oil to heat and crisp after chopping. I have done it both ways, my family doesn't notice a difference, so I omit this step.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

7

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 231Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 77mgSodium: 398mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 22g

The nutritional information is estimated and may not be entirely accurate, at times it pulls information for suggestions and options which may increase calories, etc. Nutritional information will change based on used ingredients, quantities used, etc.

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Becky

Wednesday 3rd of June 2020

Love this recipe! Making a double batch tonight! Thanks Kathleen!

Kathleen

Thursday 4th of June 2020

YAY! Thank you for sharing that Becky, I make double batches weekly, starting to think we should move so we can raise chickens! Have a great day! Kathleen

Jennifer Stewart

Tuesday 7th of April 2020

Made this for lunch yesterday and made a big batch so we ended up eating it for dinner too!

Kathleen

Tuesday 7th of April 2020

HOORAY! Love hearing this!

LetsCurry

Monday 6th of April 2020

Kathleen

I'm smiling at the prefixing of the name of this recipe in you calling it as Copycat? Thank you for keeping positive amidst this downtime. My girls will love this recipe and I'm going to put them along to make this for a week day dinner. Thank you!

Stay safe 😊

Kathleen

Monday 6th of April 2020

Hello! So glad you are doing well and I am glad that you might enjoy this with your girls! You be safe as well! Kathleen

Tasia ~ two sugar bugs

Sunday 5th of April 2020

This chipotle chicken sounds right up my family's taste buds!! Definitely pinning!!

Debi

Sunday 5th of April 2020

My family loves their food, and since we aren't going out at all, now I can make this at home. Thanks so much for the recipe.

Kathleen

Sunday 5th of April 2020

thanks Debi, AND I hope you love it!

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