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Grilled Chicken Adobo

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Grilled Chicken Adobo
  • Prep 40 min
  • Total 1 hr 10 min
  • Servings 4
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Looking for the best chicken adobo recipe on the internet? We’d like to throw our spatula into the ring. This grilled version of Mexican adobo chicken combines sophisticated yet familiar flavors that are easy to enjoy. Using canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce lets you skip the step of toasting, soaking and pureeing dried hot peppers, while still delivering on all of the deliciously warm, spicy flavors the traditional method is known for.
Updated May 25, 2022

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup chopped white onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (2 lb)

Make it FRESH toppings, as desired

  • 1 container (7 oz) Old El Paso™ Crema Mexicana
  • Thinly slice radishes
  • Lime wedges
  • Fresh cilantro leaves

Steps

  • 1
    In blender, place onion, chipotle chiles, water, garlic, brown sugar, vinegar, coriander, cumin, salt and oregano. Cover and blend 60 to 90 seconds, stopping to scrape down sides of blender with spatula as needed, until smooth.
  • 2
    Place gallon-size resealable food-storage plastic bag in shallow dish. To plastic bag, add marinade and chicken; seal bag. Turn until chicken is evenly coated. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes but no longer than 2 hours.
  • 3
    Heat gas or charcoal grill. Place chicken on grill over medium heat. Discard any remaining marinade. Cover grill; cook 16 to 20 minutes, turning once, until juice of chicken is clear when center of thickest part is cut (at least 165°F).
  • 4
    Serve chicken with remaining ingredients.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    The term “adobo” comes from the Spanish word “adobar” which means “marinate.” In this grilled adobo chicken recipe, the chicken breasts take on the warm, spicy flavors of the marinade as well as the smoky, charred flavors of the grill.
  • tip 2
    These grilled Mexican adobo chicken breasts are excellent sliced or shredded and added to tacos with shredded cabbage, thinly sliced radishes, cilantro and crema Mexicana. A sprinkle of queso fresco cheese would be nice, too.
  • tip 3
    We used large (8 oz each) chicken breasts for this chicken adobo recipe. If yours are smaller, adjust grilling time accordingly.
  • tip 4
    Don’t skip the step of scraping down the sides of the blender with a spatula to incorporate all of the delicious ingredients into the marinade and make the most flavorful chicken adobo.

Nutrition

280 Calories, 8g Total Fat, 51g Protein, 2g Total Carbohydrate, 1g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Chicken Breast
Calories
280
Calories from Fat
70
Total Fat
8g
12%
Saturated Fat
2g
11%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
140mg
47%
Sodium
280mg
12%
Potassium
420mg
12%
Total Carbohydrate
2g
1%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
1g
Protein
51g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
2%
2%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
2%
2%
Iron
10%
10%
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 7 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
0
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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