Thursday, May 15, 2014

Simple Secrets: Adobo Chicken

I'm usually one for fresh ingredients, but still certainly have a few pantry staples. One of my favorites is canned chipotle peppers. These smoked jalapenos can be found in petite cans with adobo sauce and lordy, it makes an easy marinade.

If you like spicy and smokey, you'll die for this quick sauce. A quick buzz in the food processor and you've got a delicious flavoring for grilled chicken. Chop it up and you've got saucy tacos ready for any taco Tuesday. Tacos not your jam? Try this solo or to spice up a salad.

Simply combine the canned peppers with fresh lime juice and garlic in a food processor. Buzz, brush and grill.

I usually reserve a bit of the marinade to toss with the cooked meat, especially if I'm making tacos. It gives the extra saucy punch and whew... brings delicious heat.

Layer the adobo chicken into corn tortillas and add cabbage, cilantro and avocado. This flavorful meat will give even the best taquerias a run for their money. And who knew it could be so easy?

Adobo Chicken
1 can chipotle chilis, in adobo sauce
Juice of 1 lime
2 garlic cloves
3 chicken breasts (I prefer bone-in for grilling)

Combine chilis and sauce with lime juice and garlic in a food processor. Buzz until smooth and combined. Reserve a 1/2 cup sauce and brush the rest over chicken.

Grill chicken over medium-direct heat for 6-10 minutes or until 165 degrees internally. Remove from grill and allow to rest about 10 minutes. If preparing tacos, chop and toss with remaining sauce. This chicken is also excellent on its own or over salad. Enjoy!


  1. i'm gonna try it! and how funny is it that i know read your blog.

  2. Abel - Not surprised. Tons of old dudes like you read my blog for its crafty entertaining tips and low-cal salad recipes.

  3. Hi, I stumbled on your blog a few weeks ago on accident but was soon obsessed. One of my dogs is terminally ill and I've taken some time off from work. I've been staying pretty close to home and have had time to try about 10 of your recipes. All wonderful!!! Just made the Adobe chicken tonight. Thanks for your blog andcwonderful recipes, they've helped me stay sane the past fee weeks. Christina

    1. Christina - I'm so sorry to hear about you pup, but am glad you've enjoyed reading.


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