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Copycat Chipotle Chicken

Copycat Chipotle Chicken - Seriously SO SO GOOD. Perfect for burritos and/or burrito bowls! And it's even better than Chipotle, but shhhhh!

Seriously SO SO GOOD. Perfect for burritos and/or burrito bowls! And it’s even better than Chipotle, but shhhhh!

Copycat Chipotle Chicken - Seriously SO SO GOOD. Perfect for burritos and/or burrito bowls! And it's even better than Chipotle, but shhhhh!

This recipe has been such a lifesaver.

I have been incredibly busy with work/errands/adult chores lately that I have been (shamelessly) ordering delivery a few times a week. And with all the surcharges, tips and fees, I think I have been spending at least $20 on ONE Chipotle burrito bowl.

Copycat Chipotle Chicken - Seriously SO SO GOOD. Perfect for burritos and/or burrito bowls! And it's even better than Chipotle, but shhhhh!

I know. It’s been a lot. But not anymore.

So I introduce to you the copycat Chipotle chicken recipe. A recipe that tastes so much better than the restaurant-version. And it’s been a god-send with meal prep. With a grain base (I prefer a wild rice + brown rice blend), corn, some greens, pico de gallo, and a sprinkle of cheese, this has been saving me and my wallet all week!

Copycat Chipotle Chicken - Seriously SO SO GOOD. Perfect for burritos and/or burrito bowls! And it's even better than Chipotle, but shhhhh!

Copycat Chipotle Chicken

Seriously SO SO GOOD. Perfect for burritos and/or burrito bowls! And it’s even better than Chipotle, but shhhhh!

4 hours 30 minutes15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup beer
  • 1/2 medium sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 chipotle chili pepper in adobo sauce
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon adobo sauce
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs

Directions:

  1. Combine beer, onion, garlic, chili pepper, 2 tablespoons canola oil, lime juice, adobo sauce, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper in blender until smooth.
  2. In a gallon size Ziploc bag or large bowl, combine chicken thighs and beer mixture; marinate for at least 4 hours to overnight, turning the bag occasionally. Drain the chicken from the marinade.
  3. Preheat grill to medium heat.
  4. Brush chicken with remaining 1 tablespoon canola oil; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Add chicken to grill, and cook, turning occasionally, until chicken is completely cooked through, reaching an internal temperature of 165 degrees F, about 8-10 minutes. Let cool before dicing into bite-size pieces.
  5. Serve warm.

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21 comments

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    I have to say, this marinade is outstanding! I double it and put half straight in a sauce pan to reduce (maybe with a little cornstarch) and it makes the best sauce/salsa. I even use leftovers with chips or on eggs. I make a batch almost every week. So amazing! Thanks!!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Excellent! Chicken is not my meat of choice at Chipotle, so I can’t say how similar it is, but it’s delicious! I will say two pounds of chicken was A LOT for our family of five. Luckily it’s good enough that I’m looking forward to leftovers.

  3. What is the substitute for beer?

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    I haven’t actually tried this recipe yet but my husband and I love chipotle and are really excited to give this a try. I have 2 questions though, 1) the tablespoon of adobo sauce that is called for, is that in addition to the chipotle chili pepper in adobo sauce or does that just come from the can that contains the pepper? And 2) there are at least a few different types of Models beer. Is it just the regular that you recommend?

    Thank you! Can’t wait to try this recipe.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Hi there, my family LOVED the slow cooker chicken Parm pasta. slowly trying to make more of your recipes.. WHERE DO I GET ADOBO SAUCE? is there an alternative to that? i found adobo powder in out grocery stores, but never have i seen adobo sauce. thank you! will be making this soon once i’ve figured out the adobo sauce.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Loved it! We don’t have chipotle here but this was a hit with the whole family!! 

    I didn’t have beer and we got a huge amount of snow so we made due to with chicken broth. 

    Thanks so much!!!!

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amazing! Gonna double this for our family of 5 next time because only one wing survived the feast. Used chicken broth instead of beer. Ate this with homemade mexican cauliflower rice. I am guessing we will put this on our menu plan for next week again. Thank you for sharing this awesome recipe!

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    I made this chiptole chicken recipe yesterday and it turned out to be so damn delicious.. My husband and daughter absolutely loved it too…. Thanks so much for sharing!

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    I made this tonight for dinner. It was easy and tasted great. I didn’t cook on the grill but used a frying pan.

    I used a blonde beer because that was all that I had.

  10. Rated 4 out of 5

    Sounds really good! What type of beer would be best for this recipe?

  11. Sounds DELICIOUS. Scared to make for my kids who freak out about spices. Where could I reduce quantities to tone down the intensity? Thanks for your great recipes and beautiful photography.

  12. I’m not a beer drinker. What kind of beer do you recommend?

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Oh yes please !

  14. Any substitutions for beer? We are a non alcoholic household.