Chipotle Marinade for Grilled Chicken

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 0 mins

This makes a thick, delicious paste that coats the chicken with tons of flavor. I like to make more than one batch at a time, apportioned into quart-sized ziplocs containing enough marinade for two chicken breasts. I freeze my chicken in the same bag with the marinade; the night before I intend to grill, I put the whole bag in the fridge and let it defrost / marinade overnight and all through the next day. I like to serve some fresh, homemade pico de gallo on top. Note: When I open a new can of chipotles, I always freeze them individually with the adobo sauce split evenly among each "batch." Therefore, I'm not positive about the amount of adobo sauce I add, but the 1 tablespoon listed below is a decent approximation!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Add all ingredients into the work bowl of a food processor.
  2. Process until pureed.
  3. Transfer mixture to a bowl or ziploc bag, add chicken, and let sit in marinade overnight.
  4. Grill chicken for 6-8 minutes per side.
Most Helpful

A FABULOUS AND FLAVORFUL recipe reviewed by one who adores her oven, strokes her burners and kisses her bbq pit regularly. I'm so silly.

gailanng November 29, 2010

I love chipotle peppers and this was a really simple recipe to put together. The marinade gave the grilled chicken a nice flavor but it is good calorie wise for someone who is trying to watch their weight.

Jazz Lover August 31, 2010

WOW this is great stuff! We were on the lookout for a recipe similar to the restaurant Chipotle's chicken, and I found this one. Sooo good. I actually put it on pre-cooked chicken and let it marinate for 1 hour. I omitted the cilantro and used a red onion instead of white. Then grilled it up in a pan. A little spicy but DH said "It's better than Chipotle!" which made my day. :) I think next time I might use fewer chipotle peppers, but otherwise will follow exactly. Thanks for a keeper!!

megs_ May 30, 2010