Honey Chipotle Grilled Chicken Breasts

4.72 stars average

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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. 

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

4.72 stars average
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 minutes
COOK: 16 minutes
TOTAL: 21 minutes


  • 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.

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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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31 responses to “Honey Chipotle Grilled Chicken Breasts”

  1. Susan McCall Avatar
    Susan McCall

    love your blog, love your recipes. easy to follow for a non cook of lebanese decent.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Aww thank you so much Susan I appreciate it!

  2. Michael Avatar

    Recipe looks great and works well. I’m about to be adventurous and try it in my Foodi on pork loin

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thank you!!!! Enjoy!

  3. Nutmeg Nanny Avatar
    Nutmeg Nanny

    So I’m obsessed with the Tabasco Chipotle sauce. I first tried it at Chipotle and I went crazy for it! I have a feeling on this chicken breast it’s slammin!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Omg – I’m obsessed with it too! I was so embarrassed I ate like half the bottle in one weekend!! Oops!!

  4. Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) Avatar
    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme)

    This Tobasco challenge is SO FUN! I definitely would panic if I had to be on chopped (the pressure would kill me!), but doing something like this at home would be perfect. Can’t wait to see everyone’s creations!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Ahh I would totally panic too!! hahaha

  5. Aimee @ ShugarySweets Avatar
    Aimee @ ShugarySweets

    I’ve never thought to use this as a substitute for chipotle in adobo sauce. GENIUS idea. Because sometimes you just want a hint of that spicy smoky flavor.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Yes exactly!! And sometimes the chipotle pepper is too spicy for my boys – the Tabasco is really mild but still smoky and delish.