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I’m not a lover of too much heat in my food, but for some reason, I’m a sucker for chipotle peppers.  This Charred Chipotle Chicken was the perfect dish to satisfy my craving for heat.  And, the charred part is easier than you think – all you need is your oven to make this beautiful chicken dish come to life!


Even though I love cooking and baking, there’s nothing more satisfying than a dish that takes up very little of your time and effort.  Charred Chipotle Chicken is pretty much a prepare, bake, and forget about it type of dish.


Once you’ve prepared the sauce, the rest is a no-brainer.  To save yourself some time, you could make this sauce in advance and store it in your refrigerator.  I would never recommend baking this chicken in advance, because reheating chicken (in my humble opinion) dries it out and who likes dry chicken?  Seriously!


The sauce, however, can most certainly be prepared with very little work.  Simple let it cool down and transfer it to a mason jar.  It can safely sit in your refrigerator for 4 or 5 days and still be perfectly spicy and tasty.


This recipe is quite versatile.  I used chicken drumsticks, because that’s my favourite part of the chicken.  Yes, I’ve posted quite a few chicken wing recipes, and those were all delicious, but I much prefer the drumstick; it has more meat and it’s difficult to overcook a drumstick, they remain moist and are perfect for the addition of sauces and seasonings.  You could also use chicken thighs in this recipe as well.


When it comes to the chipotle in adobo sauce, I tend to be a little timid of the actual pepper itself.  I remove the peppers and use only the adobo sauce.  If you can handle the heat, feel free to puree a pepper or two and add it to the sauce mixture.


Charred Chipotle Chicken

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 days 12 hours 25 minutes
Total Time: 2 days 12 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Lord Byron's Kitchen


  • 8-10 chicken drumsticks skin on
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons sauce from canned chipotle peppers in adobe sauce
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ cup water
  • Parsley for garnish optional


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Wash the chicken under cold water and place in a baking dish. Pour in half cup of water and nestle the cut onions in around the chicken drumsticks.
  3. Cover with foil and bake for 1 hour.
  4. In the meantime, whisk together all other ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
  5. After the one hour has passed, remove the chicken from the oven and discard the foil. Baste the chicken with half of the sauce mixture and return to the oven for 20 minutes.
  6. Once again, remove the chicken from the oven. Baste with the remaining sauce and place back in the oven. Switch your oven setting from bake to broil at 500 degrees.
  7. Broil the chicken for 5 minutes. Watch carefully! Depending on how fast your oven broiler heats up, the chicken could burn. You want the sauce to slightly char on the top, but not burnt.
  8. Remove from oven, sprinkle fresh cut parsley on top and serve immediately.

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  1. I am very impressed that such lovely looking charred chicken came from the oven! I don't like super intense heat in my food either but a little spicy kick surely takes it to another level. Looks so good!
  2. I really love spicy foods and pretty much any kind of peppers. Chipotle peppers would be right on the top of one of my favorites. And when you char peppers they seem to have so much more flavor. I'm sure this must be very flavorful!
  3. Those colours are so vibrant. There is something so appealing with the colour red in food I think. This chicken dish sound delicious and I may have to try this with wings as my kids love wings, and I'm forever trying out new wing dishes. Thanks for sharing.
  4. I love a little heat in my recipes but not to the point where I can't taste my food. I mean what's the point? I want to enjoy my food, not be rushing to the fridge for a glass of milk. That's why I love using chipotles in adobo. I can use as many or as little as I want to give me the perfect amount of heat. I also love the drumstick and a little char in my food, so I cannot wait to make these.
  5. Byron, you nailed all my favorite flavors! I only like dark meat chicken and I looooooove chipotles in adobo sauce! And then broiling until they get those crispy little black bits? Please tell me you deliver, because I need these for dinner tonight!
  6. Oh my gosh, your pictures always make me drool! I'm a fan of heat, but really mainly the flavor of the spice, vs burning the crap out of my mouth. This charred chipotle chicken looks RIGHT up my alley. My kids won't eat it, but there's always boxed mac n cheese.... ;)
  7. I like chipotle pepper the smokiness that give is lacking other peppers. I would like to try your sauce as I have one can of chipotle peppers in hand. I may give it try to seafood like salmon which never spiced with anything.
  8. I like chipotle pepper the smokiness that give is lacking other peppers. I would like to try your sauce as I have one can of chipotle peppers in hand. I may give it try to seafood like salmon which never spiced with anything. Your chicken sounds really delicious.
  9. I love using the peppers in adobe sauce and I do add the peppers as well. Love the punch of heat that the peppers give to the recipe. The sauce recipe looks great and the chicken looks so juicy and perfectly charrred.
  10. This looks so good Byron and absolutely my kind of food. Though being bought up in India, I can't handle spicy food ;) and having them mild to medium is my take. But I do love to add peppers to give them this natural or soft heat. This is a fantastic idea and loving the make one and use for 4-5 days kind of recipe.
  11. I LOVEEEE easy "prepare, bake and forget about it" dinners! ... LOVE that expression btw :D This chicken looks absolutely amazing. So juicy and bursting with flavors. My husband is a huge fan of spicy food, and he loves drumsticks ( this some "man" thingy here hehe) He's birthday is tomorrow, so you just gave me the idea for birthday dinner. I think he's gonna love this! ;)
    1. So envious! Wish I could grill. You'll have to let me know how they turn out on the grill for you. :)

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