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Chipotle Chicken – – smoky and spicy

Chipotle chilies give this dish a smoky character with a nice hit of heat.


2 tablespoons vegetable oil, such as grape seed or canola

8 skinless chicken thighs, bone-in (about 2 pounds total)

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

1 medium red onion, cut in-half and thinly sliced into “half moon” pieces

4 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

2 canned chipotle chiles in adobo, minced (if you are sensitive to “heat and spiciness” you can cut back to one).

2 large tomatoes, diced large

1 cup long-grain white rice

Lime wedges, for serving

Chopped cilantro leaves, for serving (optional)


  • In a large Dutch oven or heavy pot, heat oil over medium-high. Season chicken on both sides with salt and pepper. Working in batches, brown chicken on both sides, about 6 minutes total; transfer to a plate.
  • Reduce heat to medium. Add onion and saute until soft, about 5 minutes, scraping up any browned bits from bottom of pot (if necessary, add a bit of water or chicken stock to release browned bits).
  • Add garlic, cumin, and chiles; cook until garlic is soft and fragrant. Add tomatoes and 1 teaspoon salt and cook until tomatoes begin to break down and release their juices, about 3 minutes. Stir in 1 cup water, or stock, and return chicken and any accumulated juices to pot. Cover, reduce to a simmer, and cook 25 minutes.
  • Remove several pieces of chicken and stir in rice, making sure it is completely submerged in liquid. Replace chicken, cover, and cook until rice is tender and liquid has been absorbed, 25 to 30 minutes more. Serve with lime wedges and cilantro if desired.

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