I like to eat chicken with chipotle sauce. However, it’s difficult to find good recipes for chicken with chipotle sauce. I’ll share some of my best suggestions with you.
This Chipotle Inspired Smoked Chicken Recipe is tangy, spicy and smoky — think smoky chipotle paprika marinade meets sweet + zesty chipotle lime glaze for chicken.
Chicken With Chipotle Sauce
A SIMPLE BUT SUPER FLAVORFUL 30-MINUTE DINNER WITH A DELICIOUS SMOKY CHIPOTLE CREAM SAUCE, CREAMY CHIPOTLE CHICKEN, IS SECRETLY HEALTHY! SERVE ON TOP OF RICE TO RAISE THE SAUCE!
I’m prepared to unwind into a bit less work and a little more play now that spring has arrived in full force and summer is just around the corner.
You know, long days spent at the pool or playground, leisurely weekend mornings spent in the backyard, and evenings spent watching fireflies and enjoying a tasty beverage. This Hawaiian stone might be sour! Or this champagne and raspberry cocktail. Mmm… I’m sorry, the drinks had me off-guard. Anyway, I have a flavorful dinner for you today: creamy chipotle chicken. It’s quick and simple. You can play more since it will be done in 30 minutes!
CREAMY CHIPOTLE CHICKEN
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French Onion Scalloped Potatoes
cheesy, creamy, and garnished with fried onions that are crunchy! Scalloped potatoes with French onions are the ideal side dish for your holiday meal!
This dish is based on my recipe for chicken breasts with jalapeo cheese sauce; the process is the same, but the sauce has a slightly different flavor.
Can you tell that I enjoy spicy and smokey tastes? (If you’re with me, go check out that one; you’ll adore it!) also this one. This creamy chicken meal is rich, saucy, smokey, and spoon-licking wonderful. It doesn’t contain any cream, so it’s still pleasant and light for spring and summer.
With lots of additional sauce, we adore putting this over steaming brown rice! You might also try it with spaghetti or quinoa. For sides, we enjoy steamed asparagus with lemon butter in the spring as well as simple steamed or roasted broccoli or broccolini. Whichever vegetable you prefer! With this simple creamy chipotle chicken, you can spice up your next chicken dish!
A FEW NOTES ON THIS CREAMY CHIPOTLE CHICKEN:
- The chicken is seared in the pan, then taken out to make the sauce. The chicken will be placed back in the pan to finish cooking.
- As the chicken is searing, you can chop your onion, garlic, and chipotle peppers to make things more efficient.
- Here, I use cream cheese that is 1/3 less fat. Full fat would also be acceptable. If you want, you may use fat-free cream cheese, but the dish would lose some of its richness.
- In this recipe, I use 3 chipotle chiles and 1 tablespoon of adobo sauce. You can change that to your preferred level.
Tools used in this Creamy Chipotle Chicken
This large skillet is my go-to cooking appliance. Its broad circumference and tall sides make it ideal for cooking everything from soups and sauces to one-pan dinners.
Tongs: A nice set of tongs is necessary in the kitchen. For grilling, I like having a longer set, and for stovetop cooking, a shorter set.
Wooden spoons are a must in the kitchen. I have a lot of these on hand for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Chipotle chiles in adobo: These hot peppers give any food a fantastic smoky flavor!
Chicken broth: I prefer cartons to cans of chicken broth. If I don’t use the entire amount of broth for a single meal, I can store the remainder in the refrigerator for future use.
Creamy Chipotle Chicken
Creamy chipotle chicken is a simple but super flavorful 30-minute dinner with a delicious smoky chipotle cream sauce – that’s secretly healthy!
Prep Time:5 minutes
Cook Time:25 minutes
Total Time:30 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Servings: 4 people
Author: Kathryn Doherty
- 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil divided
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 cup onion diced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 3 chipotle peppers minced
- 1 tablespoon adobo sauce
- 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
- 4 oz. cream cheese I use 1/3 less fat
- 2-3 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt I use non-fat
- 2 teaspoons of the olive oil are heated to medium-high heat in a large skillet.
- Salt and pepper chicken breasts as desired. Put to pan and brown for four minutes on each side.
- Chicken breasts should be taken out of the skillet and placed on a platter with aluminum foil to stay warm. (They won’t be done cooking until later.)
- Add the final two teaspoons of olive oil to the pan and turn the heat down to medium.
- Add the diced onion and simmer for 4-5 minutes, stirring periodically, until softened. Sauté for 30 more seconds after adding the garlic and chipotle peppers.
- Stir in the cream cheese, chicken broth, and adobo sauce until melted.
- With any remaining juices, add the chicken breasts back to the skillet and stir to coat in the sauce.
- After 7-9 minutes, or until the chicken is thoroughly cooked, cover the pan, lower the heat to medium-low, and cook. (How thick your chicken breasts are will determine this.) About halfway through the cooking process, I like to ladle some of the sauce over the chicken breasts.
- Turn off the heat when the chicken is fully cooked, then whisk in the Greek yogurt. Use salt and pepper to taste to season.
- Enjoy your chicken breasts with additional sauce spooned on top!
Creamy Cilantro Chipotle Chicken
Searching for a dish to pique your appetite? The solution is this simple Creamy Cilantro Chipotle Chicken! These tender, pan-seared chicken breasts in a spicy sauce scented with aromatics, chipotle pepper, adobo sauce, and heavy cream will be a hit with you.
ONE-SKILLET CREAMY CILANTRO CHIPOTLE CHICKEN
Chipotle chiles are unbelievably tasty! Actually, they are dried jalapeño peppers that have developed past the typical green and even red stages. This increases their level of spiciness over average and gives them a rich, earthy, smokey flavor as well.
This recipe creates a wonderful Southwest sauce full of cream, cubed butter, shallot, and garlic using a small amount of chipotle pepper. It tastes incredible on chicken!
IS THIS CHICKEN RECIPE SPICY?
This recipe clearly falls into the “hot” category, but you decide how spicy it actually is! I suggest using one diced chipotle pepper along with a teaspoon of the adobo sauce that the peppers are packaged in. A dish that is fairly spicy will result from that.
If you’re sensitive to the heat of peppers, cut the chili and adobo down to a quarter of that amount or even less, then try it. To make it your own, you might chose to exclude the adobo or the chili.
- Chicken: This recipe uses 4 boneless skinless, chicken breasts, about 1/2-inch thick. You can also substitute about six boneless, skinless thighs, opened out flat. Remember that chicken thighs remain more moist and have a slightly less compact texture than white meat.
- Salt and Pepper
- Olive Oil: For sauteing. I recommend using a lighter olive oil for sauteing, as extra virgin olive oil does not taste as good after being heated.
- Shallots and Garlic: Mince or finely chop the shallots, and mince the garlic or put it through a garlic press.
- Broth: I use low-sodium chicken broth, but you can definitely substitute vegetable broth, homemade broth, or even bone broth.
- Heavy Cream: You can use half-and-half if you don’t have heavy cream. The final texture and flavor will be slightly less creamy and rich.
- Butter: You’ll need 1 tablespoon butter, cut up into several cubes. Salted or unsalted is fine, just be careful not to over salt the dish if you use salted butter.
- Fresh Cilantro: 1 to 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish.
- Canned/Jarred Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce: You’ll need 1 chipotle pepper from the jar or can, finely chopped, plus the optional teaspoon of adobo sauce.
HOW TO MAKE CHIPOTLE CHICKEN
- Cook and season the chicken. After salting and peppering the chicken breasts, add some olive oil to a big skillet and heat it over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the chicken and cook it for 5 to 6 minutes on each side, or until done. Chicken should be taken out of the pan and put aside.
- Add the chicken broth after sautéing the aromatics.
- Re-heat the skillet to medium-high and add the remaining oil. The chopped shallots and garlic are added, and they are cooked for one minute. Add the chicken broth after stirring and scraping up all of the browned bits from the skillet’s bottom.
- Add the cream and butter after reducing the sauce.
- The sauce should boil. Gently simmer the sauce for 10 minutes, or until the liquid has been reduced to about 1/3 cup. Next turn the heat down and gradually whisk in the heavy cream and butter cubes. After adding each cube of butter, whisk thoroughly to ensure that it is completely incorporated.
- Add the chicken and flavor the sauce.
- Add the tablespoon of chopped fresh cilantro, the chopped chipotle pepper, and the adobo sauce to the nearly finished sauce (if using). Salt and pepper should be tasted in the sauce and adjusted as necessary. Reintroduce the chicken breasts to the pan once the sauce is finished cooking. Serve with lime wedges after taking the dish off the heat.
TIPS FOR PERFECTLY COOKED SKILLET CHICKEN
WHAT GOES WITH CHIPOTLE CHICKEN?
- Elated about Elote: I love starting off a spicy meal like this with a fun appetizer like Elote, a delicious Mexican street food of corn on the cob with awesome toppings!
- Saucy Side Dish: It’s also great to serve this chicken with a side that can benefit from the delicious sauce: try my Creamy Mashed Cauliflower or some simple Cauliflower Rice!
- Cranberry Crush: A dinner this good deserves a killer dessert! And these amazing Sparkling Cranberry White Chocolate Cupcakes are. That. Dessert.
After patting dry, season chicken breasts: I always season my chicken before placing it in the pan. Nevertheless, most of the spice may fall off or slide off if you try to sprinkle it on moist chicken straight out of the package. Before seasoning, try patting the chicken with paper towels to remove some of the extra liquid.
Ascertain that your chicken is cut into equal-sized pieces.
Use fillets that aren’t too thick when cooking chicken breasts in a skillet for the most juicy and tender results. For this dish, I advise using breast fillets that are 1/2 inch thick. If yours are too thick, try butterflying them open or hammering them until they are the right thickness with a mallet or the underside of a heavy jar.
Before flipping, give the chicken time to cook:
Place the chicken breast in the heated pan and leave it in there for a juicy, well-browned dish. Wait until it’s truly time to cook the other side before attempting to turn, move, or jiggle it in the pan. The chicken cooks more evenly and doesn’t stick to the pan when it is placed in hot oil and left alone.
HOW TO STORE AND REHEAT LEFTOVERS
- To refrigerate: Store the leftover chicken along with the sauce in an airtight container. This chicken will keep for up to 3 days. (It’s not recommended to freeze this dish, because the cream sauce will separate and become grainy after thawing.)
- To reheat: Place leftover chicken and sauce in a covered skillet over medium heat, and cook until just heated through.
Creamy Saucy Chipotle Chicken
Creamy Chipotle Chicken — This SIMPLE skillet chicken recipe is perfect when you’re in the mood for deep layers of flavor from chipotle sauce and roasted garlic-infused olive oil. This recipe is a family favorite and has a ton of creamy chipotle sauce that is demanding to be dipped into!
Chicken in Creamy Chipotle Adobo Sauce
This chipotle chicken prepared in a skillet is perfect when you’re craving comfort food, extremely saucy and creamy chicken meal, with layers of flavor.
It’s simple to cook and a family favorite for midweek meals.
A flavor profile with Mexican influences is created by combining roasted garlic, tomatoes, lime juice, and chipotle peppers in adobo sauce.
A small amount of heavy cream gives the sauce its richness and creaminess.
In this naturally gluten-free chicken meal, cilantro and queso fresco serve as the ideal garnishes to complete the dish and enhance the Mexican flavor.
Ingredients in Creamy Chipotle Chicken
This fast and easy chipotle sauce chicken recipe comes together with a handful of easy to find ingredients including the following:
- Garlic cloves
- Olive oil
- Chipotles in adobo sauce
- Canned tomatoes
- Lime juice
- White or yellow onion
- Heavy cream
- Queso fresco, optional and to taste
- Cilantro, optional and to taste
How to Make Creamy Chipotle Chicken
To make this south-of-the-border chipotle adobo chicken recipe, follow these easy steps:
Step 1: Add garlic cloves and olive oil to a skillet and roast in the oven for about 25 minutes.
Step 2: Pour out most of the oil in a separate container, leaving some in the skillet.
Step 3: Brown the chicken and remove it from the pan.
Step 4: Brown the onions.
Step 4: In a high-speed blender, combine the roasted garlic, chipotles, sauce, tomatoes, lime juice, salt, pepper, and blend until pureed.
Add this puree to the browed onions.
Step 5: Add the cream.
Step 6: Add the chicken to the skillet and simmer for 5 minutes before serving.
What Kind of Chicken is Best for Chipotle Chicken?
For a little more flavor, I used boneless, skinless chicken thighs, but boneless, skinless chicken breasts work just as well. In order to cook chicken faster, I suggest using boneless, skinless chicken.
Furthermore, you might use scallops or shrimp. Keep in mind that seafood will cook considerably more quickly than chicken and will sear and be cooked through in just a minute or two.
Is Creamy Chipotle Chicken Spicy?
The chipotle sauce for the chicken has a distinct flavor and a little bit of a kick, but it’s not particularly spicy in my opinion.
Three chipotle peppers and the majority of the chipotles in adobo sauce from the can were used. This gives the flavor a nice depth without making it spicy.
I do advise using one or possibly two chipotles and a small quantity of the sauce from the can, though, if you’re extremely sensitive to heat.
If you enjoy heat as much as I do, feel free to use all of the sauce and chipotles.
If you want to up the ante, add a few shakes of cayenne pepper to significantly increase the heat.
Which Type of Canned Tomatoes Are Best?
I also used canned fire-roasted tomatoes because they are a little “spicier” than regular tomatoes, continuing with the theme of spice. I put quotation marks around that because, while to me, they are not at all spicy, for others, they might be.
Plain diced or crushed tomatoes, however, are acceptable.
Use of tinned tomatoes with roasted garlic is an additional flourish for garlic lovers.
Is All the Olive Oil Required?
I advise using the entire half cup of olive oil to roast the garlic and prevent it from burning, as well as to have enough left over to brown the chicken and afterwards sauté the onions.
But, the recipe doesn’t actually call for all of the garlic-roasted olive oil. The amount used in the chipotle chicken recipe is only approximately half of it.
You can store the remaining half in an airtight jar in the refrigerator.
Tip: The extra garlic olive is great for sautéing or cooking any other meat. Or drizzle it over a salad or roasted vegetables for an explosion of flavor! It will also boost the flavor in my popular Garlic Butter Chicken recipe.
Do I Have to Use Heavy Cream in Creamy Chipotle Chicken?
It’s hard to have creamy chipotle chicken without cream so you need to use heavy cream or to keep it a bit lighter you can use half-and-half instead.
If you don’t care about the creamy factor, then you can omit the heavy cream.
Tip: Heavy cream (or half-and-half) will tone down the spiciness of the dish. For anyone who is concerned about the spiciness or heat level of the sauce, don’t skip the cream.
What Types of Cheese are Recommended?
I enjoy adding queso fresco as a garnish to my chipotle adobo chicken. It is a Mexican cheese that is easily accessible in practically all well-stocked grocery stores or big box retailers and wonderfully matches the entire flavor profile of the dish.
However, it’s optional. If you have another cheese you are wanting to use up or want to omit the cheese, that’s fine.
What to Serve with Chipotle Sauce Chicken
The chipotle chicken just begs to be served over rice to soak up all that lovely sauce because this is a very saucy recipe. French bread, pasta, or garlic bread are also excellent serving options.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF CHICKEN
Chicken is one of the most widely consumed meats in the world. It is a versatile food that can be cooked in many ways and is also a good source of protein. However, the health benefits of chicken go far beyond just being a protein source. In this article, we will look at 10 health benefits of chicken.
- Protein source Chicken is an excellent source of high-quality protein. Protein is essential for building and repairing muscles, bones, and tissues. It is also important for maintaining a healthy immune system. A 100-gram serving of chicken breast contains about 31 grams of protein, making it a great protein source for people who are looking to build muscle or maintain a healthy body.
- Weight management Chicken is a low-calorie and low-fat food that can help with weight management. A 100-gram serving of chicken breast contains only 165 calories and 3.6 grams of fat. It is also a good source of dietary protein, which can help reduce appetite and increase satiety, leading to fewer calories consumed overall.
- Heart health Chicken is a good source of niacin, which is a B vitamin that helps to lower cholesterol levels. High cholesterol levels can increase the risk of heart disease, so eating chicken can be beneficial for heart health. Additionally, chicken contains low levels of saturated fat, which can also help to lower the risk of heart disease.
- Brain health Chicken is rich in vitamin B6, which is important for brain function. Vitamin B6 helps to produce neurotransmitters, which are chemicals that transmit signals in the brain. A deficiency in vitamin B6 can lead to depression, confusion, and other neurological disorders.
- Immune system health Chicken is a good source of zinc, which is important for a healthy immune system. Zinc helps to produce white blood cells, which are the cells that fight off infection and disease. Additionally, chicken contains vitamin A, which is important for a healthy immune system and helps to keep the skin and mucous membranes healthy.
- Bone health Chicken is a good source of phosphorus, which is important for bone health. Phosphorus works with calcium to build strong bones and teeth. A 100-gram serving of chicken breast contains about 200 milligrams of phosphorus, which is about 20% of the recommended daily intake.
- Energy production Chicken is a good source of vitamin B12, which is important for energy production. Vitamin B12 helps to convert food into energy that the body can use. A deficiency in vitamin B12 can lead to fatigue and weakness.
- Skin health Chicken is a good source of niacin, which is important for healthy skin. Niacin helps to keep the skin moisturized and prevents dryness and flakiness. Additionally, chicken contains vitamin E, which is important for healthy skin and helps to protect against damage from the sun and other environmental factors.
- Vision health Chicken is a good source of vitamin A, which is important for vision health. Vitamin A helps to maintain healthy eyesight and prevent vision loss. Additionally, chicken contains lutein and zeaxanthin, which are antioxidants that help to protect the eyes from damage caused by free radicals.
- Mood regulation Chicken is a good source of tryptophan, which is an amino acid that helps to regulate mood. Tryptophan is important for the production of serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter that helps to regulate mood, appetite, and sleep. A deficiency in tryptophan can lead to depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders.
In conclusion, chicken is a nutritious and versatile food that offers many health benefits. It is a good source of high-quality protein, which is important for building and repairing muscles, bones,