Crispy Honey Chipotle Chicken

Who likes Chili’s restaurant?  Most everyone’s hands should be raised… twice, lol.  It’s one of my favorite restaurants, and this meal is a great copycat of a dish from there.

One of my favorite things to get at Chili’s is their Chipotle Chicken Crispers… crispy chicken fingers tossed in a sweet and spicy sauce.  I love it.. although sometimes it can be a bit spicy for me.  Admittedly though, I’m a big wuss about hot things… although I’m getting better lol.  This recipe is a bit healthier for you as the chicken isn’t fried, it’s baked… but don’t worry, still just as crispy and delicious!

I should mention, this isn’t a true copycat recipe… I have no clue if they use the same or similar ingredients.  I just know that it tastes fantastic and pretty close to what I remember the restaurant dish tasting like 🙂

Slice your chicken into thin strips and set aside.  Combine your chipotle honey sauce and… you guessed it, set aside.  Now obviously if you were doing this hours ahead of time like I did, you’d place all bowls and chicken in the refrigerator 😉

Spend a little time beforehand and do some prep work… you’ll want your baking sheet buttered and ready to go for your chicken… you’ll want your breading station ready to go… and you’ll want a small sauce pan ready for your chipotle honey sauce.  Trust me, it’s time well spent 🙂  Less stress is always a good thing.

Chipotle honey sauce for your chicken

Chipotle honey sauce for your chicken

Chicken is sliced and ready to go

Chicken is sliced and ready to go

Breading station for the chicken... ignore my messy counter :P

Breading station for the chicken… ignore my messy counter 😛

Once your oven is up to temperature, bake your chicken for 9-10 minutes.

Flip your chicken over and bake another 9 minutes or so, until cooked through, brown and crispy.  While the chicken is continuing to bake, heat your chipotle honey sauce over medium heat to a low boil, reduce heat, add in slurry of water and cornstarch, and stir until thickened.  Turn off heat and let sit.

Once your chicken is finished, toss it with the chipotle honey sauce and place on a plate to serve.  Sprinkle with sliced green onions.  Dig in and be prepared to go back for seconds… and maybe thirds 😛


Ohhhhh yeah!!

Ohhhhh yeah!!


If you'd like, drizzle with some Mexican Crema, sour cream, or some ranch dressing :)

If you’d like, drizzle with some Mexican Crema, sour cream, or some ranch dressing 🙂

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Recipes adapted from Creme De La Crumb

rispy chicken fingers tossed in a sweet and spicy sauce.

chipotle chicken

Crispy Honey Chipotle Chicken

These chicken strips are so crispy, you won't believe they're baked!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Servings 4 servings


  • 3-4 chicken breasts - sliced into strips
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 eggs - whisked
  • 8 Tbsp butter - melted
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp chipotle in adobo sauce - the sauce chipotle peppers are packed in inside a can.  Usually found near the canned jalapenos in the latino section of your grocery store
  • 1 Tbsp hot sauce
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp white or apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup water + 2 Tbsp cornstarch


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Pour melted butter into a large baking sheet with sides, brush to coat the whole surface.
  • Using a fork, stir together flour, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes in a bowl. In another bowl, whisk eggs. In a third bowl, place panko bread crumbs.
  • Coat chicken in flour, dip into eggs, then toss in the panko bread crumbs. Place chicken on buttered baking sheet. Repeat for all remaining chicken strips.
  • Bake 9-10 minutes, flip chicken over and bake another 9 minutes.
  • While chicken is cooking, add sauce ingredients (except water and cornstarch) to a saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir together water and cornstarch (making a slurry), whisking it into the sauce until it thickens. Reduce heat to low.
  • Once chicken is finished cooking, toss or dip chicken in the sauce... turning to coat thoroughly. Serve 🙂
Author The Chunky Chef
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38 comments on “Crispy Honey Chipotle Chicken”

  1. This is my kind of food! Perfect!

  2. I have never been to Chili’s or the Cheesecake Factory but I love both your recipes! I am drooling over them! Thanks for bringing them to FF. I am
    Saving them! Happy FF!

  3. Resisting the urge to quote The Office right now! I am in heaven though, these look delicious. I don’t think I’ve eaten at Chilli’s before and I’ve only had cheesecake at the cheesecake factory, but now I don’t need to because I can’t imagine these being beaten!
    I’m drooling particularly overt he avocado egg rolls, yum!!

    Thanks for sharing these with us at Fiesta Friday, I’m just going to sneakily dig in 😉

  4. Oh my goodness! These look absolutely amazing! My kids would love them… Thanks so much for bringing them to Fiesta Friday!

  5. Both of these look very tempting! I love Mexican food! 🙂

  6. You had me at chipotle! Super cheesy but true 🙂

  7. Yum! Just outstanding! I would make all of these for my parties this time of the year…well anytime of the year for that matter! 😀

  8. This is one finger licking sauce. Yumm…

  9. Yum! Those look delicious! I love the avocado rolls at The Cheesecake Factory! I can’t wait to try these! Pinning!

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  11. Big time drooling happening right now! Everything looks so mouth-watering! Hmm….Chili’s or Cheesecake’s tonight? Decisions, decisions….I’m not a good decider! 😀

  12. Those photos are making me droooooool 😀 Looks delicious!

  13. Haven’t eaten in either as we don’t have them over here.. Those egg rolls look the business !! Avocado in chinese pancake roll wrappers?? How crazy yet delicious would that be!! Well I certainly learnt something new today!! Thanks !

  14. Oh my heavens, this is amazing. It’s what’s for dinner.. Thank you for the post.. Take care and happy blogging to ya… 🙂

  15. Here we go again! I don’t need Pinterest anymore I’m just coming here from now on! Of all of your recipes that I’m trying… This one has to come first – I loveeeeee those restaurants and copycat recipes!!! Thank you once again! 🙂

  16. Wow! What beautiful dishes that sound and look so delicious. I love that even though it’s cold and we’ve all settled into comfort food that this isn’t too heavy.