Chipotle Grilled Chicken Breast


Spicy, Mexican-inspired grilled chicken breasts will turn any backyard BBQ into a fiesta! Chipotles are hot! So only add as many as you like.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hr
4 servings


  • 1 (7 ounce) can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce

  • 1 small onion, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 limes, juiced, divided

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin (Optional)

  • 1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano (Optional)

  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste

  • cup water, or as needed

  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, butterflied

  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped


  1. Combine 1 to 5 chipotle peppers with their sauce, onion, garlic, olive oil, juice of 1 lime, cumin, oregano, and salt in a food processor. Blend until smooth, adding water as needed if too thick. Reserve a small amount of marinade mixture to serve with grilled chicken.

  2. Combine chicken with marinade in a plastic storage bag. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

  3. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium heat and lightly oil the grate. Remove chicken from marinade and discard excess.

  4. Place chicken breasts on the preheated grill and cook until no longer pink in the center and juices run clear, about 8 minutes per side, being careful not to overcook.

  5. Remove chicken from the grill and transfer to a plate. Squeeze juice of remaining lime onto chicken and garnish with cilantro. Serve with reserved marinade mixture.

Cook's Note:

Butterfly chicken breasts by slicing up the middle, but not all the way through so that they are still attached and can be opened on the grill. This allows them to cook quicker and the marinade to penetrate easier.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. The actual amount of peppers in sauce consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

269 Calories
14g Fat
10g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 269
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 67mg 22%
Sodium 871mg 38%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 15mg 77%
Calcium 49mg 4%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 351mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.