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.

Grilled Chipotle Chicken Recipe

Serves 2 - 4 Prep Time: Cook Time:


  • 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



Rinse and pat dry the chicken.


Combine chipotle peppers, honey, vinegar, garlic, lime and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a food processor. Process until it becomes a paste.


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.


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.


Transfer to a serving platter and serve hot.



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    July 13, 2012 at 4:31 am

    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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    Jess @ Sugar High
    March 21, 2012 at 4:57 am

    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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    April 27, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    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!

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    April 26, 2010 at 7:31 am

    Hi Des

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

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    Mrs. L
    April 23, 2010 at 11:32 am

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

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    Nurit - 1 family. friendly. food.
    April 23, 2010 at 11:21 am

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

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    April 21, 2010 at 8:13 pm

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

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    Baking is my Zen
    April 21, 2010 at 7:03 pm

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

    Baking is my Zen

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    Jenn's Food Journey
    April 21, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    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!

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    April 21, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Looks like a great way to start grilling season!

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    April 21, 2010 at 9:45 am

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

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