If you love chicken, you’ve probably encountered or tasted Chipotle chicken. It’s has a great aroma, unique taste, and pretty flavorful.
What exactly is chipotle chicken? It’s chicken bathed in spices such as chipotle powder, chili powder, cumin powder, onion powder, etc. Primarily, chipotle chicken uses specific cuts of chicken such as thighs and breasts. Chipotle chicken can be cooked in different methods such as on a stovetop skillet, baked in an oven, and grilled. This post is a guide on how to make chipotle chicken, specifically on an electric grill at home. Let’s get started.
What Ingredients Do You Need?
Below are the ingredients needed to make a chipotle chicken:
Chipotle pepper in adobe sauce
Grounded black pepper
Boneless chicken thighs
How to Make a Copycat Chipotle Chicken
1. Make a marinade
First, you need to marinate your chicken before grilling. Next, you need to mix your ingredients in a blender.
Add cumin powders, garlic powder, kosher salt, grounded black pepper, olive oil, chili powder, sliced onions, and chipotle pepper adobo sauce. Blend until everything is well mixed up, and then add enough water depending on the volume of ingredients you used.
When everything is well mixed up, you have your marinade.
Let’s go to the next step.
2. Prepare the chicken
You opt to remove the skin of the chicken thighs or leave it. Then use a mallet to pound the chicken thighs.
Next, place your boneless chicken thighs in a Ziploc plastic bag. Then add your marinade to the same bag. Ensure everything mixes up quite well.
Marinate the chicken thighs for about 8 hours. However, you can marinate longer (overnight) or shorter (about two hours).
3. Prepare your electric grill
Once your chicken thighs are well marinated, it’s time to work on your grill. First, ensure your electric grill is clean.
Then, preheat your grill over medium-high heat before cooking on it. Attain about 350-400 degrees F on the grill.
As your indoor electric grill preheats, remove the chicken from the bag. Also, do away with the remaining marinade in the Ziploc bag.
4. Cook the chicken on the preheated grill
Place your marinated chicken thighs over the preheated grill for cooking. Let it cook for about 6- 12 minutes. Flip the chicken thighs every 3 minutes to ensure your chicken is cooked evenly on all sides.
To know whether the chicken is cooked, use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature. The ideal internal temperature of the chicken is 165 degrees F. Also, ensure your chicken thighs aren’t pinkish on the center part.
A well-cooked chipotle comes out with dark charring and grill marks.
5. Rest, chop and serve
Once your chicken thighs are cooked, remove them from the grill and place them on a platter. Allow the chicken to rest for about 5 minutes before chopping.
But how do you cut your chicken chipotle? Start by cutting them lengthwise and then turn to cut them into cubes.
You may serve this chicken with your favorite salad and cilantro-lime rice.
Making Chipotle chicken on a grill is as simple as outlined above. Generally, get your favorite ingredients (especially spices), make an excellent marinade to marinate your chicken. Then preheat your grill before cooking your chicken thighs on the grill.
Ensure you attain an internal temperature of about 165 degrees F before removing the chicken from the grill. Lastly, remove from the grill, let it rest for a few minutes, and then chop to serve.