Orange Chipotle Chicken

Orange Chipotle Chicken Marinade - orange juice, honey and chipotles - packed full of flavor! Can grill chicken or pan sauté for a quick and healthy dinner.

We grill out a lot at our house.  SO, I am always on the look out for a new recipe.  I find that variety is the key to dinner.  If you make lots of different things, you don’t get bored with eating the same ol’ thing all the time.

Over the past year, I have discovered that I really like chipotle peppers.  I love the smoky heat they add to a dish.  We’ve made several grilled chicken chipotle dishes, but I wanted to try a new one.  I decided to combine the chipotle peppers with some of my other favorite ingredients – honey and orange juice.  The chicken turned out great.  It was tender and juicy, with tons of flavor.   I really loved the hint of sweetness that the citrus and honey added to the chicken; it helped balance out the spiciness of the chipotles.  This actually turned out to be one of my favorite chicken marinades.  I plan on making fajitas with it next time. 

Orange Chipotle Chicken Marinade - orange juice, honey and chipotles - packed full of flavor! Can grill chicken or pan sauté for a quick and healthy dinner.

Orange Chipotle Chicken Marinade - orange juice, honey and chipotles - packed full of flavor! Can grill chicken or pan sauté for a quick and healthy dinner.

Orange Chipotle Chicken Marinade
serves 4
(Printable Recipe)

  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 2-4 Chipotle Chiles in Adobo, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • Kosher Salt and Black Pepper
  • 4 boneless chicken breasts

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until the marinade is smooth. Pour over chicken and marinade for at least two hours. Grill until done – internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.

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  1. I was so excited about this but was disappointed in the flavor..or lack of 🙁 I actually marinated this all day with the ingrediants it called for. I even put little slits in the top of my chicken before adding to the marianade? Not sure what went wrong but it had little to no flavor. I only tasted a hint of the smokey chipotles. Any thoughts?

  2. You are the QUEEN of chicken! I'm not even a huge fan of chicken yet I come away from your blog craving it. Another winner, Steph!
    ~ingrid

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