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Easy Shredded Chipotle Chicken

Author - Serena Wolf
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Yields: 4 servings


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ medium yellow finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce minced (If you’re sensitive to spice, seed the chipotle first.)
  • 2 tablespoons adobo sauce from the chipotle can
  • ¾ teaspoon dried oregano
  • One 15-ounce can diced fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth you can also use beer if you prefer!
  • 1 teaspoon honey optional
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts (2 to 3 breasts, depending on size)
  • Juice of ½ lime or use the whole lime if you love tang like me
  • Kosher salt to taste


  • Heat the olive oil in a medium Dutch oven or sauté pan over medium heat. When the oil is hot and shimmering, add the onion and garlic and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, or until the onion is soft and translucent. Add the cumin and cook for 1 minute to toast the spice. Add the chipotle pepper, adobo sauce, oregano, fire roasted tomatoes, chicken broth, and honey (if using) stirring to combine. Bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer.
  • Add the chicken breasts to the pan and cover with a lid. Cook for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.
  • Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and shred the meat with two forks.
  • Return the shredded chicken to the pan and cook for 5 minutes until most of the liquid has been absorbed. Stir in the lime juice. Taste and season with a little salt if necessary.
  • Serve chicken however you like! In a bowl, on a salad, in a taco, sandwich, or quesadilla. The possibilities are endless!