Grilled Chipotle Chicken


Grilled Chipotle Chicken

The other day Ryan spent the day helping our friends move into their new place. I on the other hand was doing what I do best, grocery shopping, cooking and catching up on some Lifetime movies while Ryan was out of the house. I knew by the time that he was done he was going to want some “man food” if you will. And to me nothing says that more than throwing something on the grill. This sweet and spicy chipotle chicken was perfect.

I’m not gonna lie this is a little spicy. Chipotle peppers are, after all, smoked jalapenos. However, the addition of honey makes the sauce on this chicken both spicy and sweet. It’s the best of both worlds. Want it a little sweeter? Add a little more honey. And don’t forget, the longer the chicken marinades, the tastier it will be.

  • Serves 2 - 4
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  • 6 chicken drumsticks
  • 1 (7 ounce) can chipotle peppers in adobo
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for seasoning chicken


  1. Rinse and pat dry the chicken.
  2. Combine chipotle peppers, honey, vinegar, garlic, lime and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a food processor. Process until it becomes a paste.
  3. Place chicken in a glass dish, lightly season with salt. Transfer 1/4 cup of the marinade to a bowl and set aside. Spread remaining marinade over chicken and turn to coat completely. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  4. When ready to cook. Heat grill over medium heat. Grill chicken until browned on all sides, turning once and brushing with reserved marinade. Cooking time is about 25 - 30 minutes depending on the size of the chicken legs. Chicken is done when it is punctured and juices run clear.
  5. Transfer to a serving platter and serve hot.


  • Joe

    Great pic, looks bangin’ Those chipotle chilis in adobo are fire! Great if you love heat. Well done.

  • patsy

    Looks like a great way to start grilling season!

  • Jenn’s Food Journey

    My mouth is watering.. the picture looks like I could reach right out and grab one of those legs! I love chipotle, I love bbq…gonna have to try this soon!

  • Baking is my Zen

    If it wasn’t because it’s 11pm, I’d start making this dish!! Chipotle is so delicious. Excellent post!

    Baking is my Zen

  • Rita

    I love chipotle! I add it to veggie chilli and mayonaise, yum! Nice photo!

  • Nurit – 1 family. friendly. food.

    I saw it on Tastepotting. Gosh, it looks so good!

  • Mrs. L

    I personally love spicy stuff. I haven’t bbq’d chicken in a long time. Looks like this may be on this weekends menu!

  • Jackie

    Hi Des

    I do not have a grill, is there any other way I could make this dish.

  • Deseree

    Thank you everyone for your comments! :) Jackie- you could cook try baking them. I’d preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the chicken in a baking dish and cover it with foil and cook for 30 minutes. Then remove the foil, brush on the left over chipotle sauce, and continue cooking for 15 – 20 minutes. Hope this helps!

  • Jess @ Sugar High

    I was deciding between this recipe and another for honey mustard chicken for dinner last night. I chose this one ’cause I was craving something spicy, and it is super fast to put together. Plus, I was so excited to pull the BBQ out for the first time this year.

    I made a great choice! This chicken was fantastic, and VERY spicy. I loved it, the spicier the better! I served it along with some sour cream (to cut out the spice a little for the man) and diced avocados – that was a yummy combo. Also had caramelized onions and mushrooms on the side, SO good eaten with the chicken. Great dinner, I’m already planning on making it again!

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  • NovemberBride

    This recipe is a keeper! I marinated them overnight and they were so delicious! I can’t wait to try some of your other recipes. This chicken was one of the best we’ve ever had on the grill. Thanks!!

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My name is Des. I’m a Mom to Kellan and Preston. Wife to Ryan. Dog mom to Pumpkin and lover of all things food. Whether it is cooking it, eating it, shopping for it or watching TV about it, food is one of my favorite things. Read more »

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