Chipotle Maple Chicken (Grill or Stove Top)

10 Minute prep Grilled or Stove Top Chipotle Maple Chicken infused with orange juice is so incredibly juicy and bursting with sweet and tangy flavor with just the right amount of heat for the whole family.  Its amazing alone, with veggies, on a salad, sandwich or wraps!

Chipotle Maple Chicken cut on a plate with a fork taking a piece.


You guys, I loooove this Chipotle Maple Chicken! I’ve grilled it, made it on the stove top and even made it as a one pan meal with fingerling potatoes and broccoli (coming soon) so I hope you love it too!

Chipotle Maple Chicken a plate.

The Chipotle Maple Marinade/Sauce is amazingly flavorful without being overpowering which makes this chicken incredibly versatile.   I particularly love it with my Herbed Gruyere Scalloped Potatoes with Bacon (an old post and pics but one of my all time favs) and a fresh green salad. And the best part is this chicken is so quick and easy you have time to make a fun side like the Herbed Gruyere Scalloped Potatoes with Bacon.   Winning.

Chipotle Maple Chicken with grill marks on a plate with oranges.

The marinade/ Chipotle Maple Glaze is a quick whisking together of pure maple syrup (not the imitation breakfast kind), apricot preserves (my favorite secret ingredient), orange juice, balsamic vinegar and splashes of soy sauce and Dijon mustard which you then divide to create your marinade and glaze.  You then mix together a bevy of spices including chipotle chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, basil, oregano and orange zest and add most to your marinade and reserve the rest for your glaze.   By adding most of the spices to the marinade the chicken emerges incredibly juicy and flavorful with a lick-your-fingers-delish complementary glaze.

Simmer your glaze until slightly thickened, slather over your chicken and/or veggies and dig into an easy, tangy, sweet heat, juicy bite of Chipotle Maple Chicken and begin dreaming of all the different ways to consume this chicken.  I’m up to 57.

What Should I Serve with Chipotle Maple Chicken?

Any of the following would be fabulous!

Chipotle Maple Chicken cut and ready to eat.

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10 Minute prep Grilled or Stove Top Chipotle Maple Chicken - I LOVE this chicken! sweet and tangy with just the right amount of heat for my whole family. I make it multiple times a month and have it with veggies, on salads and in sandwiches. I especially love the extra glaze on my veggies!

Chipotle Maple Chicken

Servings: 4 -6 servings
Total Time: 20 minutes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

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  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts sliced in half horizontally
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water



  • 1 – 1 1/2 teaspoons chipotle chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic pwdr, onion pwdr, dried basil, salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest


  • Whisk together all of the Marinade/Glaze ingredients in a medium bowl. Add ¼ cup to a large freezer bag along with chicken and ¼ cup olive oil. Reserve the rest separately for your Glaze.
  • Mix together all of the Spices in a small bowl. Remove ½ teaspoon and add to Glaze. Add all remaining spices to Chicken Marinade. Marinate Chicken 2-6 hours
  • When ready to cook, let the chicken sit at room temperature for 15 to 30 minutes.
  • GRILL DIRECTIONS: Meanwhile, grease and preheat grill to medium heat, 375 to 450°F. Drain chicken from the marinade and pat dry.
  • Grill the chicken undisturbed for 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until chicken is cooked through. (An inserted thermometer should read 165 degrees F when chicken is done.)
  • Meanwhile, whisk together reserved Glaze, 2 teaspoons cornstarch and ¼ cup water together in a small sauce pan. Add 2 tablespoons butter and place covered saucepan on the grill (or stove), and bring to a simmer (this can be done after chicken is cooked if you don’t have room on your grill). Once simmering, remove lid and whisk until thickened. Brush cooked chicken with glaze and serve any extra as a sauce for rice or over potatoes/vegetables.
  • STOVE TOP DIRECTIONS: Heat one tablespoon olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Once very hot, drain chicken from marinade, pat dry and add to skillet. Cook undisturbed for 2-3 minutes, or until nicely browned on one side. Turn chicken over, cover, and reduce heat to medium. Cook for approximately 3-5 more minutes (depending on thickness of chicken), or until chicken is cooked through. Remove to a plate and tent with foil.
  • Whisk together reserved Glaze, 2 teaspoons cornstarch and ¼ cup water together in now empty skillet. Add 2 tablespoons butter and bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally until thickened. Brush cooked chicken with Glaze and serve any extra as a sauce for rice or over potatoes/vegetables.


*Use 1 teaspoon Chipotle Chili Powder unless you know you love heat, then increase to 1 ½ teaspoons.
**Total time does not include marinating as this will vary between individuals.

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    • Jen says

      Thank you so much Kevin! Maybe they need to go in a breakfast taco 🙂

  1. Marisa Franca @ All Our Way says

    We eat a lot of chicken and we’re always looking for new flavor combinations — this recipe looks absolutely wonderful. We make our own chipotles in adobo sauce so we’re always prepared for anything with the chipotle flavor. Great Inspiration, Jen!

    • Jen says

      Hi Marisa, we eat mostly chicken too so its fun to get creative with it! I love that you make your own chipotles in adobo sauce – YUM! I usually use chipotle chili powder because it is more uniform heat to tell readers but I LOVE adobo sauce – that’s going to take this over the edge!

    • Jen says

      Thank you so much Anna, you are always the sweetest! I hope your hubby and you love this one!

  2. Elizabeth says

    Wow! This chicken is fabulous!

    • Jen says

      Thank you so much Elizabeth, I am so happy you loved it!

  3. Melissa Rogers-Obal says

    I’ve tried SO many of your recipes and they have ALL been 5 star in my opinion (they have been equally enjoyed by my husband and 2 young kids), but I just made this tonight and I gotta say…easily one of my favorites. That glaze is LIFE! I could honestly put it in a bowl, grab a spoon, and go to town. As always, thanks for another amazing recipe. 🙂

    • Jen says

      Thank you Melissa SO much for your comment on one of my favorite ignored/forgotten recipes! I love hearing it’s being appreciated by someone – you have great taste! Thank you also for your kind words – I’m honored your family is loving my recipes!