Skinny Baked Chipotle Chicken

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This chicken recipe has great flavors with a bit of a kick! The adobo sauce adds a spicy, smokiness. Yummy to serve with baked sweet potatoes and roasted asparagus. See links under serving tips below. Each serving has only 183 calories, 4 grams of fat and 5 Blue WW Freestyle SmartPoints, and 5 Green.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Bake Time: 30 minutes


Ingredients for Chicken and Chipotle Glaze:

4 chicken breasts, (4 ounces each) boneless, skinless

1½ tablespoons adobo sauce, from a can of chipotle chiles in adobo, see shopping tips

1½ tablespoons brown sugar

1 tablespoon reduced-fat butter or Smart Balance Light

½ teaspoon salt


Ingredients for Sauce:

½ cup white wine, use an inexpensive wine or chicken broth

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 tablespoon ginger, from a jar, see shopping tips

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice or lemon juice

1½ tablespoon reduced-fat butter or Smart Balance light


Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a baking dish or pan with cooking spray.

2. In a small bowl, mix together adobo sauce, brown sugar, butter, and salt. Use only the sauce from the can, if possible, not the chiles. Stir well until the sugar and salt are dissolved and the butter is mostly blended in.
Note: the glaze might taste too spicy or even a bit weird at this point. Don’t be worried, once baked on the chicken it tastes fantastic!

3. Place chicken in baking pan. Spread chipotle glaze over the chicken and bake uncovered for 25 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, prepare the sauce: In a small pot, combine wine, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, ginger, and lime or lemon juice. Bring to a soft boil and cook to reduce to about ⅓ cup. Stir in butter until melted.

5. Once baked, remove chicken from oven. Pour sauce all over chicken. Add 1 piece of chicken to each dinner plate and spoon some sauce over each.

Makes 4 servings (each serving 1 piece of chicken with sauce)


Food Facts

Chipotle is a smoke-dried jalapeño pepper. Chipotle in adobo is the chipotle canned in a tomato sauce, to which it lends its heat. The main thing that this adds, beyond the heat, is some smokiness. I used the sauce only and tossed the chiles. The leftover sauce can be stored in the refrigerator for several weeks. I’m sure you’ll want to make this chicken several times!


Shopping Tips

Chipotle in adobo sauce can be found in a small can.  It’s available in most supermarkets in the Mexican section, canned beans section, or an international section. There are several brands sold. I used one called Embasa.
Ginger (in a jar) is a terrific product and can be found in the produce section of the supermarket. Once opened, store the jar in the refrigerator.


Serving Tips

I love serving this chicken with ½ baked sweet potato and some roasted asparagus. Here’s the link to both these recipes, Just Delicious Baked Sweet Potatoes and Simple and Delicious Roasted Asparagus.

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WW Freestyle SmartPoints
5-Blue
WW SmartPoints
5-Green
WW POINTS PLUS
4

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 chicken breast and sauce
183 calories, 4g fat, 2g sat. fat, 55mg chol, 23g prot, 10g carbs, 0g fiber, 244mg sod, 8g sugar
FAT FACTS: for the skinny and fat facts are the same for this recipe

If you make this recipe, let me know how you liked it. Leave me a comment below or give it a rating. Thanks so much. Happy Skinny Cooking!