Chipotle Chicken Thighs for Burritos Recipe

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Ryan Published: March 1, 2021 Modified: June 1, 2021

How To Make Chipotle Chicken Thighs for Burritos

Savor these delicious and flavorful slow-cooked chipotle chicken thighs spiced with chipotle peppers, garlic, and spices. They taste perfect in burritos!

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 2 hours 5 minutes
Total: 2 hours 15 minutes



  • 7ozchipotle peppers,(1 can) in adobo sauce
  • ½small onion,sliced
  • ¼cupfresh cilantro,or to taste
  • 2clovesgarlic
  • 2tbspvegetable oil
  • 10chicken thighs,boneless, skinless
  • ½tspcumin,ground
  • ¼tspcayenne pepper
  • salt and ground black pepper,to taste
  • water,to cover


  1. Slice 1 chipotle pepper open and remove the seeds.

  2. Add the pepper and all of the adobo sauce from the can to an electric blender along with onion, cilantro, and garlic.

  3. Reserve the remaining peppers for another use. Blend until smooth.

  4. Heat the oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat.

  5. Add the chicken and cook for about 5 minutes, turning as needed, until golden brown.

  6. Mix in the blended chipotle sauce. Season with cumin, cayenne, salt, and black pepper.

  7. Pour in the water to cover the chicken.

  8. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 2 hours until the chicken is easy to shred.

Recipe Notes

Red pepper flakes can be substituted for the cayenne.


  • Calories: 766.72kcal
  • Fat: 58.23g
  • Saturated Fat: 14.88g
  • Trans Fat: 0.31g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 25.72g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 12.00g
  • Carbohydrates: 4.22g
  • Fiber: 0.89g
  • Sugar: 1.38g
  • Protein: 53.73g
  • Cholesterol: 315.23mg
  • Sodium: 856.38mg
  • Calcium: 35.18mg
  • Potassium: 753.37mg
  • Iron: 2.62mg
  • Vitamin A: 274.99µg
  • Vitamin C: 23.49mg
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