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. 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 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!


From Teresa - May 02, 2009

Wow! That calculator is eye-opening. I'll never order a tortilla anywhere again. At least I got four meals out of my last Chipotle burrito, so it wasn't quite as caloric and was a bargain for $6.47. Would it work to make this chicken in an iron skillet or in the broiler? I keep meaning to get a grill, but somehow never get around to it.

From Ann - May 11, 2009

I have Penzey's ground chipotle, which is readily available in their stores and via mail order. I'm guessing that the Knorr's product has additional flavors in it, but would it be worth it for me to experiment?

From Ann - May 11, 2009

Thank you.

From Carol - June 06, 2009

Yum! We made this chicken last weekend and put it in corn tortillas for soft tacos. I made the Mexican Style Black Beans from "Cheap. Fast. Good." to go with it. Grill some peppers and onions along with the chicken and you have a great dinner! And the chicken at my local grocer was on super sale, so it was really really inexpensive. I couldn't find the Knorr's Chipotle, but there's a Penzey's spices near us that I can try. Love the site!

From Carol - June 06, 2009

And Bev, I think the closest Penzey's to you is in Jacksonville -- maybe close enough if you're driving up to St Augustine for the weekend to see the fort or to do a book signing in northern FL!

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