Drunken Chipotle Chicken

So, I’ve been in a super spicy, chipotle pepper mood this week.  I have made yet another chipotle pepper dish and let me just tell you, it turned out pretty darn good!  It was so good, I’m pretty upset that we have no leftovers.  I’ve made a mental note to double this recipe the next time I make it!  It’s a one-pot chicken meal that can be used for just about anything!  If you want to keep it Paleo, add this chicken to some mashed cauliflower, put it on top of a salad, or saute your favorite veggies and serve alongside it!  I was in a super carby, give me “healthy” junk food kind of mood tonight.  I used gluten free tortilla chips and made the most amazing nachos ever with this chicken!  Yum!!!

Yields: 2-4 servings, depending on what you use the chicken for.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp fat (I use butter and olive oil)
  • 3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce plus 1 tbsp of the sauce, chopped
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1/2 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice or store bought with no added sugars
  • 1.5 cups organic chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup light beer (I used Corona Light because it was all we had in the refrigerator 🙂 ) or use stock
  • 2 tsp yellow mustard
  • 2-3 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • salt to taste
  • 1 lb chicken breasts, skinless/boneless
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Directions:

  1. In a Dutch oven on medium-high heat, melt or heat up your fat.  When the pan gets hot add the garlic, onion, and chipotle peppers and saute until translucent, about 6-8 minutes.  Your kitchen will smell AMAZING!!!
  2. Add the orange juice, stock, beer, mustard, honey, cumin, and salt to the pan.  Stir well.
  3. TASTE THE SAUCE!  Adjust the seasonings according to your liking.
  4. Add the chicken to the sauce and cook for at least 30 minutes on medium heat.  The sauce will NOT cover the chicken.  Flip the chicken from time to time so it cooks through.
  5. The sauce will reduce as it cooks, if it looks like it’s reducing too much, turn the heat down.  When the chicken has cooked through, shred it with two forks or chop it up.   Return the chicken back to the pan with the sauce and let it simmer in the sauce until you’re ready to eat.  Top the chicken with fresh cilantro!
  6. This chicken can be used for anything – tacos, nachos, salads, casseroles, sandwiches, sauteed veggies, etc.  If you don’t like too much spice, reduce the amount of chipotle peppers you use.  It will still taste amazing!  Eat your heart out!!!

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I don’t know how to make NACHOS look pretty on a plate?!

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