Friday, March 1, 2013

Foodie Fridays: Love Chipotle? Then This is for YOU! {Recipe}

Homemade Chipotle-style chicken burrito bowl

My hubby and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Chipotle.  Actually, that's where we met.  Instead of making the same old boring chicken recipes, I decided I'd try my hand at making a chipotle chicken bowl with all of the fixin's.

My husband, after eating his said "I don't think I'm ever eating Chipotle again.  This was better than that."  With that said, I'm going to share with you the recipe for the chicken marinade, which I think made everything taste better.

1 (2 ounce) package dried ancho chiles
1 (7 ounce) can chipotle pepper in adobo sauce (discard chipotle pepper, skim out seeds)
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons cumin powder
2 tablespoons fresh oregano, chopped
6 cloves garlic
2 teaspoons salt
1 red onion, quartered
1/4 cup oil (canola/vegetable/olive)
1 whole boneless, skinless naturally raised chicken (I used chicken thighs)

You’re supposed to soak the ancho chiles over night.  Instead, I soaked them for an hour, and then removed the seeds.  Afterwards, I threw everything into my Vitamix and blended away.

After the chicken is cleaned, stab it.  This is perfect if you’re angry at someone or something… just stab away. Don’t worry; the chicken will NOT feel a thing!  The purpose of piercing the chicken is so that the marinade is absorbed easily.

After you’re done stabbing piercing the chicken rub the marinade evenly over the chicken, and store over night in a Ziploc bag. 

Cooking the chicken
It is way too cold here in New York City to use an outdoor grill; therefore, I broiled  (on high) the chicken until it was nearly charred on both sides; about 15-20 minutes each.
After the chicken is cooked, let it cool.  After it has cooled (or rested)  chop it up.

Take a bowl, and add the cilantro, lime rice, then the chicken and other toppings.  I used the following:
Black beans
Corn Salsa
Tomato Salsa
Sour Cream or fat-free Plain Greek Yogurt ( I Like Fage 0% Total)

My husbands burrito bowl minus the cheese and sour cream

Above is my husbands bowl.  He doesn't like sour cream, and since his cholesterol is high, he's staying away from cheese.  I told him it looked like a struggle plate .:lol:.  Oh well, as long as he enjoyed it, right?

If you’d like the recipes for any of the salsa and/or the rice just shoot me a message or leave a comment below.