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Honey Chipotle Grilled Chicken Breasts

    Easy to prepare, chicken breasts are marinated in a sweet and smoky honey chipotle sauce and then grilled to juicy and tender perfection. 

    honey chipotle grilled chicken

    I love the idea of getting creative in the kitchen with what you’ve got. In fact, I believe my best creations are made on a whim with whatever I have on hand. That’s exactly how I created my Honey Chipotle Grilled Chicken. A smoky and sweet marinade is created by using a combination of some of my favorite pantry staples including honey, olive oil and chipotle in adobo sauce.

    Liz cutting chipotle

    The marinade is tangy and sweet from the honey, but the chipotle adds just the right amount of flavorful kick! It’s the perfect balance of smoky and sweet.

    Chipotle in bowl

    While you could use this marinade on drumsticks or thighs, it’s perfect for chicken breasts. I love to make extra so that I have plenty left for salads, to put in pitas or for taco night! Trust me, you’re going to want lots of leftovers.

    Liz whisking marinade

    Marinating the Chicken

    You could definitely marinate over night, but it’s safe to start grilling after only 30 minutes. Those flavors soak in quickly, and it’s one of the many reasons that I love this marinade.

    Liz coating chicken

    Grilling the Chicken

    I normally grill each side for 7-8 minutes or until they reach an internal temperature of 160 degrees or higher. They’ll be perfectly tender and juicy at this point. While I love to grill pork, lamb, and beef, I grill chicken more than anything else. It’s low-fat and rich in so many vitamins and minerals. Plus it’s super versatile and easy to reuse throughout the week.

    Liz grilling Honey Chipotle Grilled Chicken
    Honey Chipotle Grilled Chicken on a plate

    Whether you’re hosting a backyard BBQ or just need a quick dinner option, this Honey Chipotle Grilled Chicken is so flavorful and quick and easy to make. It’s sure to be a new family favorite!

    Your fork is waiting.

    honey chipotle grilled chicken

    Chipotle Grilled Chicken Breasts

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    Easy to prepare, chicken breasts are marinated in a sweet and smoky honey chipotle sauce and then grilled to juicy and tender perfection. 
    PREP: 5 mins
    COOK: 16 mins
    TOTAL: 21 mins
    Servings: 4


    • 20 ounces boneless skinless chicken breasts
    • 2 tablespoons honey
    • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 tablespoon chipotle in adobo sauce (can also substitute Tabasco Chipotle sauce)
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • ½ teaspoon pepper
    • ¼ cup scallions chopped


    • In a medium bowl, whisk together honey, olive oil, chipotle sauce, salt and pepper. Add chicken breasts and toss to coat. Marinade for 30 minutes or up to overnight.
    • Pre-heat grill to medium-high heat.
    • Grill for 7-8 minutes per side or until chicken reaches an internal cooking temperature of 160°F or higher.
    • Let meat rest 10 minutes before slicing to serve. Garnish with scallions.


    Calories: 192kcalCarbohydrates: 8.9gProtein: 23.1gFat: 8.3gSaturated Fat: 0.9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7.4gCholesterol: 8.9mgSodium: 810mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 8.6g

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    Liz DellaCroce

    Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families. Click Here To Subscribe to my newsletter:


        1. Wow–Five months! I had no idea it runs over that long a period. No wonder one of the moms on the last season decided to leave. And we’d rather have you feeing us a stream of wonderful recipes, anyway!

    1. This chicken sounds really good, as well as being really simple. Win, win. It’s interesting to see what inspires creativity in cooking. For me, lately, it has been cookie or other baked goods recipes that I have turned into overnight oats because I like the flavor ideas. (I would not do that with this chicken…) :-)

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