Chipotle Restaurant’s chicken easy to make

From   |  May 11, 2009
In Frugal Food & Facts, Kitchen Basics
Featured Recipe: Copycat Chipotle Chicken

Copycat Chipotle Chicken

My son Sam was eating way too much of his favorite fast food – the “Chicken Burrito Bol” from Chipotle – and I set out to “help” him curb the habit.

First, the money approach. By my estimations, he was spending $100 a month on the burritos alone, and when I pointed this out, he just shrugged. (Maybe my mom skills are lacking, but try controlling a starving teenage boy with a part-time job and a driver’s license.)

Next I aimed straight for the gut. “Fast food is so unhealthy,” I said.

“Not Chipotle,” he shot back. “It’s all natural.”

Finally I found the ammunition I needed at my son’s second-favorite place (after Chipotle) – the Internet. Chipotlefan.com contains a nutrition calculator that lets you plug in ingredients and toppings from Chipotle and it tallies the calorie and fat content. (Check it out by clicking here.)

The damage from my son’s Chicken Burrito Bols? A grand total of 645 calories and 31 grams of fat each. “Wow,” he said. “That’s a lot of fat.”

I hate to be a spoil sport, and so to make it up to him I adapted a recipe from Chipotlefan.com to construct a lower calorie -- and vastly cheaper -- version of his favorite meal. We’ve served today’s Copycat Chipotle Chicken to top off salads, quesadillas and nachos and as a filling for burritos. It’s got a spicy kick that my son admits tastes fairly similar to the real thing.

If you try it, we’d love to know how you think it compares. If you have other restaurant copycat recipes you like, let us know about those, too!

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