Occasionally, my coworker will email a few of us to see if we want to go out to eat. “How about Chipotle or even Chipotle. Have I mentioned Chipotle?” I feel ya bro, if I had to choose one place to go for lunch, it’d be Chipotle too. They’re consistently just…awesome. You can eat there while you’re dieting (hold the guac, cheese, and all that good stuff) or get everything, tell yourself you’ll save the other half for your next meal, and eat it all anyways. No regrets.

I found this recipe when I was trying to make healthy chicken appetizing during one of our healthy stints. If any of you have tried to eat chicken breast twice a day for weeks on end, you know it can get reallllly boring. You can modify this recipe to be healthier without losing too much flavor by omitting the oil and using chicken breast. To get the real thing, follow this recipe.

Knockoff Chipotle Chicken


  • 1 7-oz can Chipotle peppers in Adobo sauce
  • 1 red onion, cut only enough to fit in your blender or food processor
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp Mexican Oregano
  • 2 tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 cup Canola oil
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black pepper
  • 5 lbs Boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed

Yield: 5 lbs chicken (no surprise there) or 10 8-oz (large) portions or 20 4-oz (reasonable) portions


Dump everything in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. In a large bowl, toss stir together the trimmed chicken thighs and marinade. (If you’re using chicken breasts, cut them in half lengthwise to get more grilled goodness on every piece.)

Knockoff Chipotle Chicken Marinade

If you have time to let the chicken marinate, let the chicken sit overnight. If your only other option for dinner is a can of chickpeas that’s been in your pantry since the day you thought you’d be healthy AND crafty, then you can go ahead and get your grill or pan ready so you can eat like a normal person tonight.

Knockoff Chipotle Chicken Marinade

Give the grill a good coating of pan spray or oil and grill over medium high heat for ~10 minutes per side. Unless you have a large grill, you may have to cook this in a couple batches. You don’t want to crowd the chicken or you’ll end up with soft steamed chicken instead that nice crispy texture that Chipotle always delivers on.

Give the chicken a rough chop straight off the grill. Sneak a few bites while you’re at it. Ok, a couple more. Alright, that’s probably enough. Leave some for the rest of us.

If you substituted chicken breast, you may want to add a little more moisture. In a saucepan, simmer the leftover marinade for a few minutes and add a little to the chicken as needed.

Knockoff Chipotle Chicken
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