In this chipotle chicken recipe, we're going to light your taste buds on fire with delicious Southwest flavors. You can use this dry rub on any type of chicken… legs, thighs, drums, breast, quarters, even the whole chicken!
One of my favorite parts about this chipotle chicken recipe is that is completely low-carb, keto friendly, gluten-free and fantastic.
CHIPOTLE CHICKEN RECIPE: SOUTHWEST AT ITS BEST.
I'm not sure if you know this about me, but I'm a massive fan of anything Southwestern. If I can make it southwestern style, I will.
That's whether the recipe is for low-carb, gluten-free, keto friendly or any other way of eating. Southwestern is just one of my favorite flavor profiles and I will try to make any dish sing to this tune.
So let's talk about chipotle chicken. What is it about chipotle chicken that I love? The smoky spiciness.
The flavor is best described like this "absolute deliciousness with just a hint of sweet that is almost irresistible." That's what first came to mind when thinking about this recipe.
CHIPOTLE DRY RUB
He's my favorite part of this recipe: you can use the dry rub on just about any type of chicken.
The only caveat is that the chicken needs to have its skin on in order for this to really work.
You need that extra fatty flavor to really bring out the bold roundness of this dry rub.
Don't have chicken? No problem. Use it as a dry rub on a pork butt or on ribs. It's just so good.
WHAT IS CHIPOTLE CHILI PEPPER
The chipotle pepper is simply a jalapeño that has been smoked until it is dry. After the pepper has been smoked, it gets small and dark red with a sweet heat.
If you have ever seen a whole smoked chipotle pepper you'll notice that they are shriveled, leathery and often times very pliable. I've often found that the heat in the jalapeño pepper is intensified through the smoking process.
ALTERNATIVES FOR CHIPOTLE PEPPERS
It's difficult to duplicate the flavor profile of the chipotle chili pepper. Chipotle peppers have been described as having a flavor that is chocolatey, earthy and smooth.
For me, the main flavor component that I absolutely love is the smokiness. It adds that slightly umami characteristic to so many different dishes.
If you don't have Chipotle on hand, try to mix some Ancho Chili powder with some Smoked Hot Hungarian Paprika. It's not exactly the same but comes close.
LOW CARB CHIPOTLE CHICKEN RECIPE
So why is this dish low-carb? It's chicken. Chicken and a few spices. Very low carbs (they are really only in the spices). That means that this is absolutely wonderful for the low-carb diet, a keto friendly diet, or eating Paleo.
I'm also a huge fan of leaving the skin on the chicken. This is where all the flavor is located... right in the skin. The skin is going to keep your chicken nice and juicy while it's cooking in the oven.
It can provide a fantastic delivery method for all of those spices right into your mouth. The underside of the skin provides enough fat that's going to make each bite taste absolutely delightful.
One of my favorite parts about being on the low-carb way of eating is that I can eat the skin on the chicken. I spent my entire childhood eating boneless skinless chicken breasts that tasted like cardboard.
I love being able to eat the skin, particularly the crunchy, crispy, really decadent browned skin. It makes everything just feel good when I eat it. If you choose to not eat the skin, then the spices will disappear from the equation and it will be VERY LOW-CARB.
HOW TO MAKE A CHIPOTLE CHICKEN RECIPE
First, let's start off by getting some really good chicken. My suggestion is to use the legs and the thighs, with the skin on.
Not only are these the most delicious cuts of the chicken but they are also the juiciest. Nothing better than juicy chicken!
Once you have all your chicken ready to go, all you need to do is mix together the dry rub and coat the chicken. It's that easy.
After having coated the chicken with the chipotle dry rub, it goes right into the oven. When I say that this is a simple recipe – it's a simple recipe.