CHIPOTLE ORANGE CHICKEN – ONE PAN

Chipotle Orange Chicken is sweet, spicy, crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Also, easily made in one pan in just 30 minutes.

Chipotle Orange Chicken is sweet, spicy, crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Also, easily made in one pan in just 30 minutes.Chipotle Orange Chicken is the perfect sweet and spicy combo in a very easy to make weeknight dinner. I make chicken thighs a few times a week. I like that they are tender, juicy, easy to prepare and also budget friendly. I like to experiment with different flavors and this recipe for Chipotle Orange Chicken is definitely a keeper. The chicken is seasoned with chipotle chili, cumin, orange juice, orange zest and ground cumin. You can marinate the chicken if you have time, you also bake the chicken in the marinade. The end result is a juicy and flavorful chicken, that you can serve with pasta, rice or veggies. A tasty dish and gorgeous meal you can serve when you also have company!

Chipotle Orange Chicken is sweet, spicy, crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Easily made in one pan in just 30 minutes.

Tips and Tricks to make the perfect One Pan Chipotle Orange Chicken Thighs:

  • I like making this dish with chicken thighs, but it works great with chicken breasts as well. If you will be using chicken breasts, bake them for 15-18 minutes at 425 degrees F and if you want a brown, crispy top, turn on the broiler on high for the last 3-4 minutes of baking.
  • For the best flavors and if you have time, its better to marinate the chicken for 1-6 hours.
  • You can make the chicken as spicy as you want, based on your personal preference.
  • Don’t skip the orange zest, it adds an amazing flavor!
  • Honey can be replaced with maple syrup.
  • First, wash the orange and zest it after that juice it. If you squeeze the juice first, its very hard to get the zest.
  • Serve the chicken garnished with parsley with rice and veggies on the side.

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Chipotle Orange Chicken is sweet, spicy, crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Also, easily made in one pan in just 30 minutes.
CHIPOTLE ORANGE CHICKEN
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Chipotle Orange Chicken is sweet, spicy, crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Also, easily made in one pan in just 30 minutes.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Author: Catalina Castravet
Ingredients
  • 4 chicken thighs bone in and skin on
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground chipotle chile or more
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoon honey
  • 6 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 medium orange juiced
  • 1 medium orange zested
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 medium oranges halved
  • 2 dry chipotle chili peppers
Garnish:
  • Orange zest
  • Green onions diced
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
  3. In a medium bowl combine olive oil brown sugar, ground chipotle chili, ground cumin, onion powder, honey, minced garlic, orange juice and orange zest. Stir to combined.

  4. If you have time, add the mixture over the chicken in a deep pan or large ziplock bag and marinate for 2-6 hours.
  5. Lightly grease a deep baking dish or pan with olive oil, add chicken to the pan skin side up.
  6. Add halved oranges and dried chipotle chili peppers to the pan.

  7. Pour the mixture over the chicken and bake for 25-30 minutes, until browned and cooked through.
  8. From time to time, brush the chicken with the juices from the pan while baking or use a spoon, to scoop it over the chicken.

  9. For a crispy, brown top, brush the chicken with the juices from the pan and turn the broiler on high for the final 5 minutes and broil the chicken until it is cooked through and extra browned on top. Watch it closely, so it doesn't burn.
  10. Once the chicken is cooked, remove the pan from the oven, brush the chicken with the juices from the pan and loosely cover the pan with aluminum foil. Let the chicken rest for at least 5-10 minutes.
  11. Garnish with fresh orange zest and diced green onion.

  12. Serve and enjoy!

One Pan Chipotle Orange Chicken is sweet, spicy, crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Ready in just 30 minutes.

Chipotle Orange Chicken is sweet, spicy, crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Also, easily made in one pan in just 30 minutes.
Chipotle Orange Chicken is sweet, spicy, crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Easily made in one pan in just 30 minutes.

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