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The Best Chipotle Chicken Recipe

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.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4 people
Author: Scott G



  • 4 Chicken Legs
  • 4 Chicken Thighs
  • 1 TBSP Lime Juice Fresh

Chipotle Chicken Dry Rub

  • 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


For the Chipotle Chicken Dry Rub

  • In a bowl, combine all the ingredients for the dry rub. Mix well.
    chipotle chicken recipe dry rub

For the Chipotle Chicken Recipe

  • Preheat the oven to 400f
  • Coat the chicken with the lime juice. Sprinkle all of the rub onto the chicken.
    chipotle chicken recipe seasoning the chicken
  • Place the coated chicken into an ovenproof dish.
    chipotle chicken recipe marinating the chicken
  • 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!
    Chipotle chicken recipe closeup of marinated chicken leg


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!