How To Make Chicken With Chipotle Sauce

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Wanna learn how to make chicken with chipotle sauce? Yes? Let me show you. this Chipotle chicken is so easy, tasty and healthy. Chicken with chipotle sauce is one of my favorite meals to make. Once you learn how to make it, it’s easy to whip up any time you want! I’ve already posted the POLLO EN CHIPOTLE recipe.

I love Chipotle a lot. It is one of my favorite restaurants in the world. You can try so many different variations of burritos, tacos, and salads. So here are the health benefits of Chipotle you should know about.

How To Make Chicken With Chipotle Sauce

Chipotle in adobo has a smoky spiciness that makes this simple, simmered chicken dish shine.

Ingredients

  • 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken breast halves (about 2 3/4 pounds)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, chopped
  • 1 can (28 ounces) whole peeled tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • Cooked rice, for serving

Directions

  • Step 1Season chicken with salt and pepper. In a large Dutch oven or heavy pot, heat oil over medium-high. In batches, if necessary, cook chicken skin side down until browned, about 7 minutes. Transfer to plate.
  • Step 2Reduce heat to medium. Add onion and saute until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes, scraping up any browned bits from pot. Add 2 tablespoons water.
  • Step 3Add garlic, cumin, and chipotle; cook until garlic is soft and fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add tomatoes, season, and bring to a simmer; cook 5 minutes, breaking tomatoes down with a wooden spoon. Return chicken and any accumulated juices to pot; bring to a simmer, cover, and cook until chicken is cooked through, about 15 minutes. Serve over rice.

Cook’s Notes

Chopping canned tomatoes can be a messy job, but not when you do it this way: Just use kitchen shears to cut them right in the can!

Chipotle chicken

  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:20 mins
    • Cook:30 mins
  • Easy
  • Serves 4

Keep a jar of smoky chipotle chilli paste in your cupboard, to add a kick to a healthy chicken stew

  • Freezable
  • Healthy
HighlightNutrientUnit
kcal286
fat11g
saturates3g
carbs6g
sugars4g
fibre2g
protein42g
low insalt0.64g

Ingredients

  • 1 onion , chopped
  • 1 garlic clove , sliced
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1-2 tbsp chipotle paste (see tip, below)
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 8 skinless chicken thigh fillets
  • small bunch coriander , chopped
  • soured cream and rice, to serve

Method

  • STEP 1Fry the onion and garlic in the oil in a deep, wide frying pan until soft. Add the chipotle paste (use 1 tbsp for a mild flavour and 2 tbsp for a hotter, stronger one). Stir and cook for 1 min, then add the tomatoes and cider vinegar. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10 mins with the lid half on. Stir to make sure it doesn’t get too dry.
  • STEP 2Add the chicken and cook for 10 mins or until cooked through, turning once. Scatter with coriander and serve with rice and soured cream.
CHIPOTLE PASTE

Chipotles are dried, smoked jalapeno chillies. Blended with tomatoes and onions, they make a really convenient paste that can easily be stirred into dishes to add a smoky flavour and kick. Use in marinades or to flavour dips – try stirring into soured cream, starting with just a teaspoon and adding more if you need to. There are different brands to choose from – Discovery is easily available from supermarkets.

VARIATIONS

The smoky tomato base is also great with prawns, or break in some eggs, cook until set and serve over tortillas for a version of Huevos rancheros.

POLLO EN CHIPOTLE

Pollo en Chipotle (Creamy Chipotle Chicken) features tender yet golden-crusted chicken breast covered in a luscious smoky chipotle cream sauce. It’s an exciting, flavorful, and easy meal to try for dinner tonight that’s ready in only 35 minutes!

Pollo en Chipotle (Creamy Chipotle Chicken) in a skillet topped with cilantro and lime wedges.

If you’re tired of the same old boring chicken for dinner, then this dish is for you! The smoky flavors from chipotle peppers in adobo sauce are on display in this easy recipe for Pollo en Chipotle. Each bite of the juicy chicken and creamy sauce is bold without being too spicy and is perfect for any night of the week!

The recipe begins with golden-crusted chicken breast and is finished with a creamy and smoky chipotle sauce. Bring the two together and BAM! You end up with a creamy and vibrant dish made with simple ingredients that isn’t too spicy and feels a little fancy!

The creamy chicken is best served over a bed of Cilantro Lime Rice, quinoa, or even pasta. I love cilantro on top but you could use parsley or even cotija cheese. Finish it off with a fresh salad and Chili Garlic Roasted Broccoli on the side for a complete and filling meal!

WHAT IS POLLO EN CHIPOTLE?

Pollo en chipotle, or creamy chipotle chicken, is a crowd-pleasing dinner recipe made from seasoned pan-fried chicken smothered in a chipotle cream sauce. It’s a popular choice for busy cooks who crave bold flavors without having to spend hours in the kitchen.

The chipotle chicken sauce is made from minced chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, milk, and heavy cream.

The list of ingredients in this recipe is short, simple, budget-friendly, and doesn’t lack in flavor.

Sliced chicken breast on a cutting board sprinkled with salt and black pepper.

INGREDIENTS YOU’LL NEED

  • Chicken breasts – The chicken is seasoned and dredged in flour before being pan-fried in butter and drowned in chipotle sauce. Every bite is super juicy and loaded with flavor.
  • Seasonings – Black pepper and garlic powder will season the chicken breast before its dredged in all purpose flour. The flour seals in the flavor and helps the outside of the chicken crisp up in the skillet.
  • Chipotle cream sauce – This creamy and smoky sauce is made from chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, heavy cream, and milk. The dairy tones down the heat from the peppers so each bite isn’t too spicy.
  • Garlic and onion – For additional flavor and texture in the sauce.
  • Cilantro – For garnish!
Sliced chicken breasts coated in flour for Pollo en Chipotle.

HOW TO MAKE POLLO EN CHIPOTLE

  1. Season the chicken: Sprinkle the chicken seasoning on all sides of each cutlet. Dredge each cutlet in flour.
  2. Sear the chicken: Add oil and butter to a pan and sear the chicken on both sides. Once each piece is golden brown, transfer it to a plate.
  3. Make the chipotle sauce: Cook the onions and garlic in more butter in the same pan. Reduce the heat and pour in the cream, milk, and chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. Whisk everything together as it simmers.
  4. Combine everything together: Place the chicken cutlets back into the pan and cook until the sauce is thick and the chicken is cooked through. Garnish with cilantro and serve!

TIPS AND TRICKS

  • When adding the cream sauce to the pan, make sure it never comes to full boil, only a gentle simmer. Boiling the sauce may cause the cream to curdle.
  • Any cut of boneless, skinless chicken will work in this recipe. Use chicken thighs, tenders, strips, or any other kind you have in the house.
  • Use less chipotle peppers for a not-so-spicy sauce. For a spicier sauce, add more chipotle. 
  • If you can’t tell if the chicken is cooked through, use a meat thermometer to measure the internal temperature. Properly cooked chicken breast should measure at 165ºF.
  • Don’t feel like chicken? Make this recipe with shrimp instead!
Pollo en Chipotle - Creamy Chipotle Chicken

SERVING SUGGESTIONS

This easy dinner idea can be served with vibrant side dishes or something simple to get it on the table faster. Here’s how I like to enjoy it: 

  • with cilantro lime cauliflower rice
  • with crispy roasted Mexican potatoes
  • over pasta
  • with a simple side salad
  • over quinoa or rice

STORING AND REHEATING

To store, keep the leftovers in a sealed container for 3 to 4 days in the fridge.

To reheat, I recommend placing the chicken and chipotle sauce in a pan on low heat to prevent the sauce from separating. Cook until the chicken is warmed through. Or microwave in 45-second intervals until warmed through.

Health Benefits of Chipotle

Health benefits of chipotle includes:

May Have Anticancer Potential

Research suggests that capsaicin, a component present in chipotle, may exert anticancer effects against pancreatic cancer. It has been linked to triggering cell suicide (apoptosis) in cancerous cells. High levels of capsaicin have been associated with a decrease in the spread of cancerous cells and metastasis. A 2006 study suggests that it can help in slowing down the growth of prostate cancer  cells. However, more research is required to support the anticancer benefits of capsaicin on different types of cancer.

May Reduce Cardiovascular Risk

Chipotle peppers have also been positively linked to a reduction in cardiovascular diseases like atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and strokes. They may reduce the presence of cholesterol and triglycerides, both of which can lead to dangerous and life-threatening conditions. It also helps the body dissolve fibrin, a naturally occurring substance that helps to form blood clots, which are the major cause of heart attacks and strokes. Capsaicin also widens and relaxes blood vessels, which can reduce blood pressure, thereby easing the passage of blood through the veins and arteries and reducing stress on the entire cardiovascular system. 

May Aid in Diabetes Management

Adding chipotle, and more importantly, capsaicin, to your diet can help you reduce many of the dangerous conditions and situations associated with diabetes. Capsaicin helps to manage insulin levels in the body, which reduces high blood sugar in the body. This quality makes chipotle invaluable to people with diabetes, particularly for those with type-2 diabetes. 

May Aid in Weight Loss

Recent studies have shown that adding capsaicin-rich food, like chipotle peppers to your diet might help your weight loss efforts. Capsaicin stimulates consistent fat oxidation, rather than storage, so fat is turned into useful, functional energy. The study showed positive results in most of the test subjects, and they showed increased weight loss at a steady, healthy rate, versus the placebo group. Furthermore, diabetes and weight gain are closely related, so this ability to effectively stimulate weight loss is another reason why chipotle can help to combat type 2 diabetes. 

May Improve Metabolism and Energy Expenditure

In addition to long-term weight loss, capsaicin found in chipotle and jalapeno peppers may also increase postprandial metabolism. Postprandial means “after eating”, so directly after eating a capsaicin-rich meal, the body increases its metabolism, burns more calories, and basically functions at a higher level across the organ systems, positively affecting the body and defending it against a number of diseases like obesity, diabetes, and gastrointestinal disorders. This also gives you a positive energy boost following your meal, as your body is stimulated to work quickly and convert calories into usable energy. 

May Improve Anti-inflammatory Activity

Although people naturally associate hot peppers like chipotle with heat and inflammation, they actually exhibit possibly anti-inflammatory properties, both internally and externally. When topically applied, chili powder mixed into creams can boost pain relief of sore joints and muscles, and when consumed, capsaicin-rich foods also reduce inflammation throughout the body that is linked to conditions like arthritis and the formation of tumors. 

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