THE BEST Chipotle Chicken Marinade

THE BEST chipotle chicken marinade! Everyone will ask you for this recipe! It is perfect for jazzing up your summer grilled chicken. Chipotle peppers in adobo give this easy marinade a hot and smoky kick.

Our favorite marinade for grilled chicken!

This is a very easy recipe that also feels really special and unique. It’s a go-to for summer get-togethers because it’s easy to make a huge batch and people LOVE IT.

THE BEST chipotle chicken marinade! Everyone will ask you for this recipe! It is perfect for jazzing up your summer grilled chicken. Chipotle peppers in adobo give this easy marinade a hot and smoky kick.

Every time I’ve made this for people, they have asked for the recipe. Which I think is the number one sign that you have a VERY GOOD dish on your hands.

THE BEST chipotle chicken marinade! Everyone will ask you for this recipe! It is perfect for jazzing up your summer grilled chicken. Chipotle peppers in adobo give this easy marinade a hot and smoky kick.

When I say this is an easy marinade, I am not messing with you. Get all of your ingredients out. Put them in your blender. Blend them together. Marinate chicken. It takes 5 minutes!

THE BEST chipotle chicken marinade! Everyone will ask you for this recipe! It is perfect for jazzing up your summer grilled chicken. Chipotle peppers in adobo give this easy marinade a hot and smoky kick.

This recipe also employs two of my favorite kitchen shortcuts:

  • Not peeling garlic. Garlic peels are my least favorite thing about garlic. I usually buy the bag of pre-peeled cloves, but for this, I take a whole head and put it in the blender. The peels will get burned up during the grilling.
  • Using orange juice instead of lime juice. For marinades or other cooked sauces with lots of strong flavors, I sub orange juice for fresh-squeezed lemon/lime juice. It is so much quicker and still delivers the same citrus punch/ability to tenderize.

What gives this the smoky and spicy chipotle flavor is a can of chipotle peppers in adobo. This is an ingredient I didn’t know existed until a couple of years ago and it has changed my world cooking-wise! You can find this in the Mexican food aisle of your grocery store. I get mine at Aldi. (It’s also available on Amazon if you’re living that prime life.)

I use the whole can in this recipe, but feel free to tone it down a bit if you want less spice. Also, keep in mind the longer you let it marinate, the spicier your chicken will get!

THE BEST Chipotle Chicken Marinade

Everyone will ask you for this recipe! It is perfect for jazzing up your summer grilled chicken. Chipotle peppers in adobo give this easy marinade a hot and smoky kick.
Prep Time5 mins
Author: Mandy Jackson

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 (7 ounce) can chipotles in adobo
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon
  • 1 head garlic, cut in half
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 5 – 10 pounds chicken (we use boneless/skinless breasts, but use whatever you like!)

Directions

  • Place orange juice, olive oil, honey, chipotles in adobo, Dijon, garlic, and salt in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
    Pour over chicken and marinade for 1 hour to overnight.
    Grill until chicken is cooked through.
THE BEST chipotle chicken marinade! Everyone will ask you for this recipe! It is perfect for jazzing up your summer grilled chicken. Chipotle peppers in adobo give this easy marinade a hot and smoky kick.
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