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Roasted Chipotle Chicken

Course: Mexican
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: chipotle chicken recipe, Mexican chicken recipe
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 481kcal
This Roasted Chipotle Chicken has just enough heat to make it good. Not too much! Just a little hint after each bite. Perfect in so many ways. Sauce can be made a day ahead and kept in the fridge.
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  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8 cloves garlic thinly sliced
  • 2 medium onions chopped
  • 1 cup ketchup or, chili sauce for more heat
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar dark
  • ¼ cup chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, from 7 oz can, chopped
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • Kosher salt & fresh ground black pepper
  • 4 lbs chicken parts legs, thighs, wings, breasts


  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Cook garlic, stirring frequently, until golden, about 5 minutes. Transfer with a slotted spoon to a paper-towel-lined plate.
  • Reduce heat to medium and cook onions, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 15 minutes.
  • Add garlic and remaining ingredients, except chicken, to a skillet with 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper and simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce is slightly thickened, about 25 minutes.
  • Pre-heat oven to 450°F with rack in the middle.
  • Coast chicken with half of sauce, then roast, skin side up, in a large baking dish or pan for 25 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and brush with remaining sauce, then continue roasting until chicken is cooked through and well browned in spots, 25 minutes more, or until the internal temperature of the largest piece reaches 165°F. (You may need to remove the smaller pieces first, and then roast the large pieces for a little longer).


Calories: 481kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 116mg | Sodium: 453mg | Potassium: 460mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 370IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 2mg