Qdoba Copycat Chicken

Spicy copycat grilled chicken is charred, tender and is great on burrito bowls, burritos, or salads. This home-made version tastes 1000x better for a fraction of the price! Qdoba Copycat ChickenI made this delicious Qdoba style chicken in preparation for my Qdoba chicken burrito bowls yesterday and we LOVED it. It’s very similar to chipotle’s grilled chicken but a bit spicier. To make the chicken super flavorful, I suggest allowing it to marinate in the fridge for up to 24 hours but if you’re in a rush, cooking it right away will also work. To get the nice charred outside, heat the pan for at least 2-3 minutes. This will char the outside quickly and seal the chicken from the outside in order to keep the juice from leaking out which results in tender chicken.

I like to have a batch of chicken marinating in the fridge or freezer and cook as needed. It’s great on rice alone, in sandwiches, salads, burrito bowls,  or in a tortilla as a burrito! The full burrito bowl recipe please hop over to this post.
Qdoba Copycat Chicken

Qdoba Copycat Chicken Breasts

Spicy copycat grilled chicken is charred, tender and is great on burrito bowls, burritos, or salads. This home-made version tastes 1000x better for a fraction of the price! 
4.6 from 5 votes
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Course: Mexican
Keyword: adobo, chicken, chipotle,, grilled,, mexican,, qdoba,, recipe
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Layla

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts pounded thin
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons adobo sauce from a small can of Chipotle peppers
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano or Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  • Combine chicken garlic, olive oil, adobo sauce and seasoning in a large bowl (or ziplock bag), cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or up to 2 days.
  • Preheat about 1 tablespoon oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add the chicken to the pan and cook, turning occasionally, until completely cooked through, about 6-7 minutes per side.
  • Remove the chicken ontop large cutting board and allow to rest for at least 5-10 minutes then Slice or chop. Serve in a burrito, in a salad, or on its own!

Notes

This recipe was updated on Oct, 20 2018. For the older version, please follow the recipe below. 
2 lbs. chicken breasts
Juice from one fresh orange and one fresh lime
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. oregano
2 tsp. chili powder
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 clove garlic minced
 

Qdoba Copycat Chicken at home so good and tastes 1000x better!

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