This is a great, smokey, spicy marinade for chicken or firm fish. The marinade itself is very spicy, not to be used as a sauce. But the end result has just a little kick, not overpowering.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Marinade:

Directions

  • Place the chipotle peppers, garlic, cayenne pepper, paprika, black pepper, cumin, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, honey, vinegar, and olive oil into a blender. Puree until no pieces of garlic remain. Pour 1/4 of the marinade into a small dish and set aside. Rub a pinch of kosher salt into each chicken drumstick and place into a resealable plastic bag. Pour in the marinade, shake, and seal. Marinade at least 2 hours in the refrigerator.

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  • Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate. Remove the chicken from the marinade and shake off excess. Discard the remaining marinade.

  • Cook the chicken legs on the preheated grill until no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, about 8 minutes per side. An instant-read thermometer inserted near the bone should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). Once the legs are completely cooked, baste well with the remaining marinade, cover the grill, and cook and additional 2 minutes per side to glaze.

Editor's Note

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the marinade ingredients. The actual amount of the marinade consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

268 calories; 18.4 g total fat; 38 mg cholesterol; 573 mg sodium. 14.7 g carbohydrates; 11.5 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
04/08/2010
This was a pretty good marinade. I think the longer you marinate the better. I used this on boneless chicken breasts put everything into a ziploc bag and let it marinate for 4 hours. Next time I would let it go longer. The honey gave it a nice sweetness and it wasn't overly spicy. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
10/13/2011
Awesome awesome awesome is all I can say!!!! I used chicken breasts and they came out perfect! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/08/2010
This was a pretty good marinade. I think the longer you marinate the better. I used this on boneless chicken breasts put everything into a ziploc bag and let it marinate for 4 hours. Next time I would let it go longer. The honey gave it a nice sweetness and it wasn't overly spicy. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/08/2010
This was a pretty good marinade. I think the longer you marinate the better. I used this on boneless chicken breasts put everything into a ziploc bag and let it marinate for 4 hours. Next time I would let it go longer. The honey gave it a nice sweetness and it wasn't overly spicy. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/04/2010
We LOVE this.....Have made it twice in a week Only thing I changed was I used Chicken breasts..Even more fabulous the second day had sliced breast over spinach salad walnuts carrots gagozola cheese tomatoes red peppers and pumpkin seeds topped with balsmic vinagrette YUM!!!!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/20/2009
Very good I followed recipe except I baked it instead of grilling it. Baked at 350 for 40 minutes on a broiler pan then switched it to a shallow dish and poured extra sauce over it( I made two seperate batches of the marinade). I used more chipotle peppers than just three ( the whole can between the two batches of sauce that I made) because I love Spicy. I was very happy with the way the chicken turned out!!! Thank you!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/25/2010
At first I thought this gonna be hot! I was wrong it is just right. Not if the 3 chipotle peppers weren't enough....1/4 teaspoon of cayenne! I tried it anyway... Perfect heat in the background that you know it is there. I usually look at a recipe and change it. The only thing I changed was the chicken. I used skin-on-thighs and marinated overnight. I cooked indirect with a pecan chunk for a little smoke for 1hr 15 minutes at about 350 degrees. Very good marinade for sure. Even for the people that don't like "spicy" food this a great recipe! I will be doing this one again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/02/2011
Hey all this is my recipe. Thanks for the compliments. To clarify this was intended for whole legs not drubsticks that's why it makes so much marinade. But of course you can use it on anything. You'd probably be safe halving everything though if you're cooking for 4. Making tonight for company:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/24/2009
This recipe is delicious! We bbq alot so we experiment with different grill recipes this is one that we will make frequently.There is a perfect balance of sweet and spicy with the subtle hint of honey added to the pepper marinade. It went well with a Riesling wine. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/13/2009
This was really good. I used boneless skinless breasts & I also added just a little more honey to the marinade but those were the only changes. I also sauteed some zuchinni and red peppers and finished them with a raspberry chipotle sauce (from Sam's). I plated the veggies and then placed the chicken on top and Mmmm was it ever a flavor sensation! Served with oven baked sweet potato fries with a chipotle sour cream sauce. Thanks so much for sharing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/04/2011
Nom nom nom! Really good! I was expecting this to have more of a kick due to the ample addition of chipotle peppers and cayenne but maybe most of that peppery punch cooked off on the grill. (Imagine my surprise to see my pre-schooler nibbling away at her's blissfully unaware of the kick that Mommy had caressed her chicken with.) What remained was a flavorful tender piece of chicken excellent served alongside "G-ma's Rice" recipe from here. The only difference that I did was using boneless breasts instead of drumsticks and bottled lime juice (I know! I would much rather of squeezed fresh but it's all that I had on hand!) but this was an absolutely delicious marinade that I am anxious to try again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/26/2013
We love love love this recipe! Grilling season is year round in Tucson and we now make this at least every other week. It works perfectly well on boneless skinless chicken breast which is our preference. The longer your marinate the better with this marinade for sure. I like at least a 12 hour marinade with it. Is absolutely super served with grilled corn on the cob. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
10/13/2011
Awesome awesome awesome is all I can say!!!! I used chicken breasts and they came out perfect! Read More
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