Chipotle Chicken Skewers

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Chipotle Chicken Skewers

This weekend most of my family gathered at a remote cabin for our annual “Pretend to Watch General Conference” reunion. The children outnumber the adults by 3 to 1 and they aren’t much interested in sitting and watching people speak.

Mostly you just hear “Shhhhh!” and “Mom, she just kicked me in the face.” and the quick response “I accidentally kicked him in the face.”

It’s really fun. Really it is. No really.

I decided to go for a run in the beautiful autumn mountains. It was awesome until I realized that it is hunting season. And there I was loping through the brush wearing a nice tan shirt. I plum forgot to wear my hunter “please don’t shoot me, I’m not a deer” orange. (In face, I don’t even own anything that color.)  I cut my run a little short because as I tire, I look more and more like an injured animal. Good news, nobody shot me.

Then we tried to take some family photos. This is possibly the worst activity to engage in. First, you get the kids all bathed and dressed up. Torture, for them and you. Then you tell them they can’t eat until you are done because they can’t get schmutz on their clean shirts. Then you basically yell at your kids that you are going to murder them if they don’t stand still and smile at the camera. Then you bribe them with a donut if they will smile and look at the camera. Then you threaten once again. And you end up  with this.

Family Picture gone wrong

In case you can’t tell, my poor baby turfed it. That effectively ended our photo shoot.

The weekend ended and we returned home. Where I gathered all the laundry. I asked myself, “We were only gone for 3 days, right?” The size of the pile doesn’t make sense.

But the good news is that I planned on having these for dinner. These makes the pile of laundry seem less formidable, the unrealized perfect family photo  less mourned for, the near death experience less scary and the noise from 15 kids less PTSD causing.

Chipotle Chicken Skewers

These little skewers are darn tasty! And they are easy! They are deceptively complex in their flavor for the amount of simple ingredients they contain. My kids love them. I love them.

The spicy and sweet offset each other perfectly and the creamy sauce helps to cool the burn. I removed the seeds, and the heat wasn’t too bad at all. My kids were fine with it that way as well.

Chipotle Chicken Skewers

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Yield: About 6-8 skewers

Chipotle Chicken Skewers


    For the Chicken
  • 4-5 medium sized chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1/4 brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 chipotle chili in adobo sauce (scrape the seeds out, if you want less heat). Minced.
  • 2 teaspoons adobo sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • For the Creamy Dipping Sauce
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup lime juice (2-3 limes squeezed)
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  • 2 green onions, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder


    For the Chicken
  1. In a small bowl mix together the brown sugar, chipotle chili and adobo sauce, cilantro, salt, pepper, chili powder, and garlic powder. It won't seem substantial enough to cover the chicken, but it will.
  2. Place the chicken cubes in a large plastic zip-loc bag. Scrape the marinade in the bag with the chicken. Seal the bag, then knead the bag to distribute the marinade.
  3. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes (long is better, but no longer than 24 hours.)
  4. For the Creamy Dipping Sauce
  5. While the chicken is marinating, make the dipping sauce. Combine all dipping sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Stir until well combined. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  6. Add more salt, to taste before serving.
  7. To Cook and Serve
  8. Preheat grill on high heat.
  9. Thread chicken pieces onto wooden or metal skewers.
  10. Place on grill, turn heat down to medium. Grill for 3-4 minutes, then rotate the skewers. Grill until cooked through, about 8-12 minutes.
  11. Remove from grill and let sit, covered with foil, for about 5 minutes before serving. Serve with the dipping sauce.

Recipe Source: Chipotle Chicken Skewers with Creamy Dipping Sauce from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe


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