Chipotle Raspberry Chicken Thighs

Chipotle Raspberry Chicken Thighs

You guys, summer is practically here. We’ve been steadily climbing into the 100s temperature wise meaning I go outside less and less unfortunately. You know what else is unfortunate about summer? All my TV shows are on hiatus!! I need some recommendations for summer TV watching, please. Sure, sure summer is filled with things like sangria, burgers, ice cream sandwiches, beaches, colorful clothes, and suntans. Well, your summer might include these things if you’re lucky. But here in Phoenix it’s basically a house arrest sentence. But hey, at least it’s a dry heat… right?

These chicken thighs would make an excellent weeknight summer meal because they’re fast, don’t require you to crank your oven, and are full of bright flavor. What’s your favorite, or least favorite, part of summer?

Recipe Rundown
Taste: Sweet, spicy, fruity, smokey, savory. A lot of flavor in just a few ingredients.
Texture: I love how moist and tender chicken thighs are.
Ease: Absurdly easy and fast.
Appearance: Thighs probably won’t win any beauty awards (unless they’re Beyonce’s) but this dish doesn’t look half bad after the bright sauce is poured on top.
Pros: Fast, flavorful, healthy – great for a weeknight meal. You can cut back on the chipotle if your family can’t handle much spice.
Cons: None.
Would I make this again? Yes!


Raspberry Chipotle Chicken Thighs

Yield: 4 servings


2 tablespoons seedless raspberry jam
1 lime, zested and juiced
1 tablespoon minced chipotle chile in adobo sauce
1 garlic clove, minced
2 teaspoons canola oil
1 1/2 pounds boneless chicken thighs (skin on or removed)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


In a small saucepan, combine the raspberry jam, lime zest, lime juice, chipotle, and garlic. Cook over medium heat for 4 minutes, or until slightly syrupy.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle the chicken thighs evenly with the salt and pepper. Saute chicken about 6 minutes per side, or until golden brown and an instant read thermometer registers 165°F. Spoon the raspberry mixture over the chicken before serving.

Adapted from Cooking Light May 2013

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8 Responses to “Chipotle Raspberry Chicken Thighs”

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    Tieghan — June 3, 2013 at 4:50 am

    This flavor combo sounds incredible! I love that sauce!

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    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — June 3, 2013 at 7:27 am

    Mmmm, I love the raspberry chipotle combo! These sound so tasty!!

    And I’m with you on summer shows! I’m turning to Arrested Development and old episodes of Friday Night Lights this summer. :)

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    Rachel @ Bakerita — June 3, 2013 at 8:07 am

    My family is anti chicken thigh, but with some breasts I’m sure they’d love this. The sauce sounds incredible! Pinned :)

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    Diane @ Vintage Zest — June 3, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Ha! I love the Appearance rundown. :) And I’m definitely pinning this for later!

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    ashley - baker by nature — June 3, 2013 at 11:21 am

    I think you should probably just escape the dessert heat and come to NYC! We can go the beach :) And bring the chicken! xx

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    Suzanne Bond — June 3, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    I’m assuming the chipotle chili is to go with the ingredients to make the syrup/sauce?

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    alex — October 19, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    made this for lunch today! super good

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    Nicole — March 20, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    yummy, but after 12 minutes, the chicken was nowhere near cooked!

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