Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Primal Honey-Chipotle BBQ Chicken

I found the base for this recipe on Pinterest, and thought it would be easy to adapt this to a primal-friendly recipe using ingredients that I had on hand in my kitchen... and I was right! This is possibly one of my favourite recipes I have come up with to date - I highly recommend this one!  Without further ado - the Honey-Chipotle BBQ Chicken.

Honey-Chipotle BBQ Chicken

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon ground chipotle
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 cup tomato puree
  • 1 teaspoon tapioca (or more, if necessary)
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • 1 slice bacon, cooked
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded


Combine water, 1 teaspoon cumin, 4 sliced garlic cloves, and chicken in a large saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook 10 minutes or until chicken is done.  (Keep an eye on the chicken - I left mine alone, and ended up with a burnt saucepan... thankfully the chicken was fine though!) Drain, and place chicken on a cutting board. Cut chicken across grain into thin slices; keep warm.

Honey-Chipotle BBQ ChickenWhile chicken is cooking, begin preparing sauce.  Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon minced garlic; sauté 3 minutes or until just beginning to brown. Add 1 teaspoon cumin; sauté 1 minute. Stir in tomato puree; cook 4 minutes or until mixture thickens to a pastelike consistency, stirring constantly.  Add the chipotle seasoning and stir.  If your sauce does not thicken, add in tapioca, 1 teaspoon at a time, as necessary.  Stir in vinegar, honey, and Tamari. Add sliced chicken to sauce; simmer for 3 minutes or until thoroughly heated.

Preheat broiler.

Honey-Chipotle BBQ ChickenAdd your chicken & sauce in a single layer to an ovenproof dish.  Spread your shredded cheddar cheese on top of the chicken.  Dice bacon & spread it on top of the cheddar.  Place the dish under the broiler until the cheese melts (about 2 minutes).

Slice your avocado onto your plate.  Spoon the chicken on top of the avocado.  Add extra cheese if desired, and serve hot!

Serves: 2

Honey-Chipotle BBQ Chicken 

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  1. Tasty dish! Just made this tonight for a nice autumn dinner. The recipe doesn't say where to add the chipotle seasoning. I added it when making the sauce, but I don't know if that's right. The avocado at the end is a nice addition to balance out the flavors. My sauce tasted slightly heavy on the soy sauce side, next time I will use less. I didn't taste the cheese too much, perhaps I'll just omit next time (or add more for that melty, ooey-gooey texture but it will pack on extra calories + dairy). Definitely adding this to my dinner rotation. Thanks for sharing! :)

    1. Sorry about that! You're right, the chipotle goes in with the sauce - I'll edit the recipe now! The soy will definitely be a preference thing - I like the addition of the salty-tanginess, but it could definitely use less if you prefer. I'm a bit fan of the avocado, because it adds a little bit of freshness to it.
      Glad you liked the dish! :)