Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Caramelized Chipotle Chicken

So I've been slacking on the blog posts lately. Or at least it feels that way because we haven't been eating anything interesting in our house lately. We're on a very tight budget to save money for Thanksgiving, Christmas shopping, and tickets from CA to GA for Christmas (very expensive). But this week I got fed up with plain spaghetti and Ragu sauce, ramen noodles, and grilled cheese (if you ever need to eat cheap you can do it for under $15 a week- I really don't recommend it though). I went out and bought a package of chicken breasts intent on adding a little variety into our meals.

As I was preparing to add a little seasoning and just bake it, I remembered this recipe. The picture does not do it justice at all. Most everything is common stuff you would keep in your kitchen, with the exception of the chipotle peppers. It was the perfect dish to spice up our very bland week. Smoky and saucy with a little (or a lot) spice. If you need something different after Thanksgiving leftovers, give this a try!

1.5 tbsp olive oil
4 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 cup ketchup
1 tbsp packed brown sugar
2 tbsp chopped chipotles in adobo (add more or less depending on your preference)
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (original recipe calls for bone-in, skin-on)

Heat oul in a large heavy skillet over medium heat, until smoking. Cook garlic, stirring occasionally until golden, then remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add the onion powder to the oil, stir and allow to simmer for about 1 minute.

Add the garlic and remaining ingredients, except chicken, to skillet and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 25 minutes.

Preheat over to 450ยบ and place rack in the center. Brush half of the sauce over the chicken breasts and roast skin side up for 15-20 minutes. Brush remaining sauce on chicken and roast until cooked through and well browned in spots, about 20 more minutes.



  1. It was delicious! Definitely a make again recipe. But you're right, it doesn't make a very good picture!