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Chipotle Chicken Copycat

Chipotle Chicken Copycat is the homemade version of the popular, Chipotle's all-time favorite meat! Easy to prepare, budget-friendly, and perfect to use in burritos and tacos.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword Chipotle Chicken Copycat
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Marinate 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 290kcal
Author Catalina Castravet


  • 4 chicken breasts boneless and skinless
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  • 1/2 medium red onion chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons adobo sauce
  • 2 teaspoons chipotle chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 cup distilled vinegar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • Rinse the chicken and pat it dry with paper towels. Pound it to an even thickness, about a half-inch thick. Add it to a large Ziploc bag.
  • Add all the marinade ingredients together to a food processor and blend until smooth.
  • Add marinade to the chicken and remove as much air as possible before closing it. Shake it and mix it well to get the chicken well covered, marinate for at least 6 hours.
  • Remove the chicken from marinade and add to a medium-high heat grill or grill pan over medium heat. Cook for 5-6 minutes on each side or until cooked through.
  • Remove chicken from the grill, let stand for 5-10 minutes, then chop roughly.
  • Add chopped chicken and 2 tablespoons of oil to a
  • Place a large pan over medium-high heat, add 2 tablespoons of oil, once hot, add the chopped chicken and cook until crisp for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Garnish with parsley and serve as is, with rice or in tacos and burritos.


Calories: 290kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 1218mg | Potassium: 623mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 440IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 2mg