Copycat Chioptle Chicken

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When you're having a serious craving for your favorite dish from a restaurant but can't make it there, why not make a copy cat version instead? Michelle shares some of the best copy cat recipes with us including this recipe for copy cat chipotle chicken. This could be one of the best chicken recipes you ever try, Michelle says that her husband could have just eaten it by the spoonful it was so good. Michelle taught herself how to cook and bake and learned as she went through cookbooks, blogs on the Internet, and TV shows. She says that she also learned a lot from her grandmother too who baked by feel, and she tries to channel that kind of confidence in the kitchen and share her recipes and ideas with others so they can enjoy baking and cooking as much as she does. This is one of her many easy dinner ideas that the whole family will absolutely love.

If you've every been to a Chipotle's restaurant, you know that there are most well known for their burritos and burrito bowls. These meals are filled to the brim with a bunch of great, healthy ingredients like chicken, rice, tomatoes, onions, cilantro, Greek yogurt, chili powder and more. But if there are no Chipotles within a reasonable distance to you, then you can try this recipe out right in your own home. In the recipe, you'll be using boneless chicken thighs. If you can, always try to buy organic free range chicken whenever you can. The reason you want to buy this chicken over the other is because the organic free range chickens are able to live a happy life, free from the confines of a small cage. Also, they're not given the hormones and antibiotics that the other caged chickens get, which we end up consuming when we eat this chicken. You can ask your local butcher or check the meat department of your grocery store or health food store, and there should be a label on the chicken telling you that it's organic free range chicken that hasn't been given hormones or antibiotics.

So in this recipe, you'll be using some red onion, garlic, adobo sauce - you can use the sauce from a small can of chipotle peppers, olive oil, ancho chile powder, cumin, oregano, and the boneless, skinless chicken thighs. The chicken needs to be marinated for an hour, if you're stretched for time, or overnight. The longer you let it marinate, the more the flavor it will have. You can cook the chicken however you like; baking it in the oven, grilling it on the barbecue or sautéeing it on the stove. Michelle highly recommends sauteéing it in a pan, in a cast iron skillet if you have one which will give the chicken a crusted exterior making it even more delicious than it already is. You basically just cook the chicken in your pan turning it frequently, and then chop it up into little bite sized pieces. Gather your ingredients for your burrito and start piling them onto your tortilla. You can do some rice, beans, salsa, guacamole, cilantro, lime, lettuce and anything else you love on your burritos. Or, you can just ditch the tortilla and have a burrito salad. Either way, this is probably going to be one of the best chicken recipes you'll ever try. You can also use chicken breasts for a leaner cut of meat, but the dark meat is so savory and really complements the meal. Add this recipe to your list of easy dinner recipe to try and be sure to share it with any friends who love Chipotle's.***

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