Thursday, July 28, 2011

Chipotle Chicken Marinade

Kevin and I recently hosted a Mexican-themed dinner party for our friends. We had a fabulous night serving fajitas with all the fixings, along with margaritas and sangria. The star of the night was the chipotle chicken, which we wrapped in tortillas with peppers, onions, cheese and guacamole. The marinade is super easy to make, and the chicken absolutely bursts with flavor from the chipotle chilies. Chipotles can be a bit spicy, so if you like less heat you can use less . I used the whole can and could happily handle the spice. Enjoy this marinade on chicken or steak, and bring some flavor to your dinner!

Chipotle Chicken Marinade

Spicy and flavorful, this chicken is delish in a tortilla or on its own!
Serves 6

1 orange, juiced
2 limes, juiced
4 T. olive oil
2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
3 chipotle chilies, in adobo sauce (about 1 small can)
3 T roughly chopped cilantro leaves
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. salt
2 pounds chicken tenderloins or chicken breasts, halved lengthwise

Combine all ingredients besides chicken in a blender. Puree until smooth. Place chicken in a large Ziploc bag and pour marinade on top. Massage to coat and refrigerate 2-4 hours.

Remove chicken from marinade, wipe off excess, and grill until done. Serve with tortillas and other fixings to make amazing fajitas!

Recipe adapted from Tyler Florence

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