Creamy chipotle chicken is a simple but super flavorful 30-minute dinner with a delicious smoky chipotle cream sauce – that’s healthy! Serve over rice to soak up the extra sauce!
This recipe first appeared on Real Housemoms, where I am a contributor.
With summer here in full force and the kids at home for most of the day, I’m ready to relax into a little less work and a little more play. 🙌
You know, long afternoons at the pool or playground, lazy weekend mornings in our PJs in the backyard, evenings looking for fireflies and sipping on something delicious.
So today I’m bringing you a quick and easy dinner that’s big on flavor! It’s ready in 30 minutes so you can spend more time in play mode 😉
This recipe is based on my chicken breasts with jalapeño cheese sauce recipe – it’s the same technique, just a slightly different flavor in the sauce.
Can you tell I like some spicy and some smoky flavors?!
This creamy chipotle chicken – which doesn’t use any cream, by the way – is saucy and smoky and rich and all kinds of spoon-licking good!
A few notes on this creamy chipotle chicken:
- You sear the chicken in the pan and then remove it to make the sauce. The chicken will be returned to the pan to cook the rest of the way through.
- To make things efficient, you can chop your onion, garlic and chipotle peppers while the chicken is searing.
- I use 1/3 less fat plain cream cheese here. Full fat would work fine, too. You could substitute fat-free cream cheese if that’s what you prefer, but it’ll lose a little richness.
- I use 3 chipotle peppers and 1 tablespoon of the adobo sauce in this recipe. You can increase or decrease that to your liking.
- We love serving this over steamed brown rice with plenty of extra sauce! You could also try it over quinoa or even pasta.
Flavor up your next chicken dinner with this easy creamy chipotle chicken! Some other comforting chicken dishes I plan to try soon: this creamy, garlicky mushroom chicken and this 20-minute cheesy chicken enchilada soup!
Oh, and as for sides, we love chicken and brown rice alongside steamed lemon butter asparagus or maybe some steamed or roasted broccoli or broccolini.
Hope you give it a try and hope you get to enjoy some slower days this summer!
Creamy chipotle chicken
Creamy chipotle chicken is a simple but super flavorful 30-minute dinner with a delicious smoky chipotle cream sauce - that’s healthy!
- 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 cup onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 chipotle peppers, minced
- 1 tablespoon adobo sauce
- 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
- 4 oz. cream cheese (I use 1/3 less fat)
- 2 to 3 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt (I use non-fat)
Heat 2 teaspoons of the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
Season chicken breasts with the salt and pepper. Add to pan and sear for 4 minutes on each side, until golden brown.
Remove chicken breasts from the skillet to a plate and cover with aluminum foil to keep warm. (They will finish cooking later.)
Reduce heat to medium and add remaining two teaspoons olive oil to pan.
Add diced onion and cook, stirring occasionally, for 4-5 minutes, until softened. Add garlic and chipotle peppers and saute for 30 more seconds.
Add adobo sauce, chicken broth and cream cheese and stir until melted.
Return the chicken breasts to the skillet, along with any accumulated juices, and turn to coat in the sauce.
Cover the pan, reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 7-9 minutes, until chicken is cooked through. (It will depend on how thick your chicken breasts are.) I like to spoon some of the sauce over the chicken breasts halfway through the cooking time.
Once chicken is cooked through, turn off heat and stir in Greek yogurt. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Serve chicken breasts with extra sauce spooned over the top, and enjoy!
You sear the chicken in the pan and then remove it to make the sauce. The chicken will be returned to the pan to cook the rest of the way through.
To make things efficient, you can chop your onion, garlic and chipotle peppers while the chicken is searing.
I use 1/3 less fat cream cheese here. Full fat would work fine, too. You could substitute fat-free cream cheese if that’s what you prefer, but it’ll lose a little richness.
I use 3 chipotle peppers and 1 tablespoon of the adobo sauce in this recipe. You can increase or decrease that to your liking.
We love serving this over steamed brown rice with plenty of extra sauce! You could also try it over quinoa or even pasta.
|Amount Per Serving||As Served|
|Calories 500kcal Calories from fat 200|
|% Daily Value|
|Total Fat 22g||34%|
|Saturated Fat 8g||40%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||4%|
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:
|Total Fat||Less than||65g|
|Sat Fat||Less than||25g|