Chipotle-Honey Glazed Chicken

Summer is starting to fade away, and the vegetables we loved so much the past few months are slowly being replaced by fall produce.

This transitional time is always a tough one for me in terms of meal planning, so I count on recipes like this one, which is good any time of year, to get me over the hump. Since grilling is closely associated with summertime, I’m hanging onto the last bit of summer by enjoying as much grilled food as I can.

We all know that chicken breasts can be kind of boring, so I’m always on the hunt for recipes that give them a new spin. This one has been in my meal rotation for three years, and it’s still one of my favorites.

Chipotle-Honey Glazed Chicken

Photo by Courtney Champion

Honey and chipotle make a fantastic combination, giving this chicken the perfect blend of sweet and heat. It’s quick enough to make on a busy weeknight and goes wonderfully with these mashed pinto beans.

Leftovers can be tucked on top of this salad for a quick and filling lunch the next day.

Chipotle-Honey Glazed Chicken

Honey and chipotle make a fantastic combination, giving this chicken the perfect blend of sweet and heat.
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Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 339kcal
Author: Courtney


  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 chipotle in adobo minced (more if you like it spicier)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons ancho chili powder divided
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons canola oil divided
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Spanish paprika
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Fresh cilantro and thinly sliced chives for garnish optional


  • Prepare your grill for high heat cooking.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, chipotle, mustard, 1 tablespoon of ancho powder, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1 tablespoon of oil. Set aside.
  • Whisk together the remaining ancho powder with the coriander, cumin, paprika and remaining oil in a medium bowl. Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper, then add them to the bowl. Toss to coat.
  • Place the chicken on the prepared grill and cook for 3-4 minutes. Flip the chicken and brush each piece with the chipotle-honey sauce. Cook for another 3-4 minutes, then flip and brush the other side. Cook for 1 minute, then flip once more. Cook for 1 more minute, then remove chicken from the grill.
  • Brush with additional sauce and sprinkle with cilantro and chives, if desired.


Calories: 339kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 268mg | Potassium: 538mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 1655IU | Vitamin C: 1.6mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1.9mg


What are your favorite recipes for transitioning from summer to fall?

About Courtney Champion

Courtney Champion is a wife and mom who writes at Cook Like a Champion, where she shares accessible recipes focusing on fresh, seasonal ingredients and plenty of sweet treats. She thinks good food tells a story and loves sharing that story with her readers. She hopes to inspire others to spend time in the kitchen with the people they love.

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  1. Yum! Great, easy weeknight meal! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  2. My whole family would love this one!

  3. Love that glaze!

  4. What a perfect dinner idea! Gotta try it soon! xoxo

  5. This sounds yummy! Adding to my recipes to try. 🙂 Usually I start with eating fall vegetable side dishes, then once it gets a little chillier, I start full swing on making the fall soups, casseroles, etc.

  6. Now this would be really tasty!

  7. easy and quick! perfect for any meal!

  8. Love the sweet and spicy glaze!

  9. Ooh, yum! Dinner tonight!

  10. Just saw this on pintrest and was like “WHOA… I need that!”.

  11. Sounds very yummy, a quick weeknight dinner. I had already pinned it to one of my boards.

  12. We must have this for dinner tonight!!! Great recipe girl 🙂

  13. Wow does this chicken look completely gorgeous and satisfying! Love it!

  14. Great chicken recipe!! Would have to try it soon 🙂

  15. Some really fantastic flavor combos going on here…

  16. Yep, I”m gonna have to add this to my rotation as well! YUM!!!

  17. noooo summer can’t leave us yet!!! Loving the flavors of this chicken though!

  18. This looks fantastic! Looking forward to seeing some good chili recipes coming up for fall!

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