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.
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.
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 to be 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.
I find that 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’s 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 with 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 most juicy. 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 just that easy.
After have a chicken coated 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.
Other Chipotle Recipes
So today I’m going to include more than just a couple chipotle recipes. I’m adding in my chorizo recipe as well… because it is just so damn good that I thought you might want to check it out.
This recipe has got flavor, flavor, flavor! You're gonna love my chipotle chicken recipe… Hands-down one of my best chicken recipes. Get it today, cook it tonight and smile all the way to bed.
- 4 Chicken Legs
- 4 Chicken Thighs
- 1 TBSP Lime Juice Fresh
- 1 TSP Salt
- 1/2 TSP Black Pepper
- 2 TBSP Chipotle Powder
- 1 TBSP Granulated Garlic Powder
- 1 TSP Onion Powder
- 1 TSP Oregano Dried
- 1 TSP Ground Cumin
- 1/4 TSP Cayenne Powder
- 1/8 TSP Ground Coriander Optional
In a bowl, combine all the ingredients for the dry rub. Mix well.
Preheat the oven to 400f
Coat the chicken with the lime juice. Sprinkle all of the rub onto the chicken.
Place the coated chicken into an ovenproof dish.
When the oven has come to temp, bake for 35-40 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken has reached 165f.
Remove from the oven. Serve hot and enjoy!
I tried coating the chicken in a gallon sized ziplock bag without much luck one of the times I made this recipe. The lime is an important factor in the flavor profile and makes the seasoning stick just as much to the bag as it does to the chicken.
As you can see in the pictures, I also tried to coat the chicken in a bowl, which also resulted in a gloppy mess. My recommendation is to just season the chicken by sprinkling it or rolling the chicken in the dry rub after it has been coated with the lime juice.
Want to make this even more spicy? Increase the cayenne pepper or add in some ground habanero pepper... WOW, now that's spicy!
Please NOTE: Nutrition information is supplied by NutriFox and may not be 100% accurate!