Chipotle Chicken Skillet Recipe

This Chipotle Chicken Skillet Recipe is made with tender and delicious chicken breasts simmered in tomatoes with onions and garlic. A delicious meal in 30 minutes all in one dish!

Have you ever started to make a dish and then find out you don’t have all the ingredients that you thought you had? That is exactly how this Chipotle Chicken Skillet recipe came to our table.

I was making a dish that called for a can of diced tomatoes. I always have diced tomatoes in my cupboard, or so I thought! It turned out the night I made this recipe, I only had chipotle flavored tomatoes.

Chipotle Chicken Skillet Recipe

Adapting the recipe midway through cooking!

While searching through my cupboard for the diced tomatoes I did come across a can of diced tomatoes with chipotle peppers. I set it aside. No way was that going to work. My recipe called for balsamic vinegar and I couldn’t mix balsalmic vinegar and chipotle chicken!

After more digging I finally realized I had to change my plan. The chicken was already in the pan cooking….so I decided what the heck. I’ll use the tomatoes with chipotle and just wing it. That is when I realized that many times when I do have to “wing it” that I end up with something I really love!

Grumpy did enjoy it, but I was told I don’t have permission to cook chicken anymore. Ha ha, right. If he wants me to make something other than chicken now, he can either help me decide what to have before dinner, or just keep quiet about it and eat. I will admit I have made a lot of chicken lately….but only to you. I’ll never admit that to Grumpy!

What to serve with Chipotle Chicken Skillet recipe

When I first made this Chipotle Chicken recipe I served it over rice. However, if you’re not a rice fan, these Mashed Potatoes with Garlic and Onion recipe would be delicious, or if you want a complete low carb Keto recipe, try serving it with Garlic Mashed Cauliflower.

Other Chicken Skillet Recipes you may like

While Grumpy isn’t the biggest fan of chicken, we need variety with our weeknight meals. So, since I am the cook, I create chicken recipe to do just that!

Some of my favorite recipes that are easy to make and are full of flavor are made with chicken! Chicken Thighs with Cilantro Sauce and Sweet Chili Lime Chicken are two of my very favorites!

Chipotle Chicken over rice

Chipotle Chicken Skillet

Chicken simmered in chopotle tomato sauce and served over rice or cauliflower rice.
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Course: Keto Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 3
Calories: 180kcal


  • 3 4 ounces each boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes with chipotle peppers


  • Heat oll in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add onion and garlic and saute until onions are translucent
  • Place chicken in skillet and season with salt and papper. Cook the chicken for 2-3 minutes on each side, until lightly browned.
  • Add the tomatoes and cook until sauce begins to boil. Turn the head down and simmer chicken for 30 minutes, or until chicken no longer pink inside.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 180kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 935mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g

About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. pigpigscorner January 30, 2009 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    It looks D-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s =) That always happen to me. I’m quite a forgetful person and so I always have to change my plans…go with the flow…

  2. natalia January 30, 2009 at 12:54 pm - Reply

    I hope he doesn’t read your post !!
    This chicken looks so yummy ! Baci

  3. Gera @ SweetsFoods January 30, 2009 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    Hi Shelby!

    Impossible to no came out delicious this chicken with chipotle peppers!! Perhaps a touch of paprika give more extra color and flavor…I’m big fan of it 🙂

  4. Creative One January 30, 2009 at 1:12 pm - Reply

    I have had this happen a few times.
    That dish does look delicious!

  5. HoneyB January 30, 2009 at 1:16 pm - Reply

    hehe, um, Grumpy really doesn’t read the blog, but I have been known to read it to him. 😉

  6. Bellini Valli January 30, 2009 at 1:37 pm - Reply

    Sometimes there are the best surprises:D

  7. Priscilla January 30, 2009 at 1:39 pm - Reply

    Looks delicious to me…especially with that rice paired with it!

  8. Barbara Bakes January 30, 2009 at 2:13 pm - Reply

    I think there is something wrong with not liking chicken! There’s so many great ways to cook it! I’m sure this one was delicious. I hate it when I run out of something. Luckily, I’ve got good neighbors close by.

  9. Linda January 30, 2009 at 3:07 pm - Reply

    Well I think this looks really good! I love to improvise sometimes. The other night I decided to make homemade B-B-Q sauce and realized I had no cans of tomato sauce. WHAT? How did that happen? So, I used ketchup and it came out great! I think you did a really nhice job with this.

  10. leanne January 30, 2009 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    This looks delicious! I will have to try that

  11. Bob January 30, 2009 at 5:27 pm - Reply

    Heh, that happens to me all the time. That looks wicked good though!

  12. Patsyk January 30, 2009 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    For something that you had to “wing”, it came together perfectly! Looks like a delicious meal to me.

  13. Stephanie January 30, 2009 at 6:11 pm - Reply

    I do that all the time! I’ll start a recipe and think I have everything, but of course there’s always something missing! But it usually turns out pretty edible anyway. 🙂 This chicken definitely looks edible and then some!

  14. Laura January 30, 2009 at 7:59 pm - Reply

    Yummy, sounds terrific. next time that happens (although i hope it doesn’t!), red wine vinegar pairs well with Mexican flavors.

  15. farida January 30, 2009 at 9:18 pm - Reply

    I make something similar to this quite often, sometimes adding potatoes to the dish. Yours sounds great!

  16. Joie de vivre January 30, 2009 at 9:37 pm - Reply

    I have often been in that same predicament. But you know the saying, “Necessity is the mother of invention”. I’m glad it turned out for you!

  17. Reeni♥ January 30, 2009 at 11:30 pm - Reply

    It turned out great, I love improvising on dishes, a whole new creation can come out of it. I eat a lot of chicken too, sometimes I’m afraid I’ll sprout wings and start clucking.

  18. Pam January 30, 2009 at 11:41 pm - Reply

    Don’t you love it when a great recipe just happens. This looks tasty. You can cook chicken for me any time.

  19. Bunny January 31, 2009 at 3:45 am - Reply

    Shelby this looks really really good! I’d love this…next time I’ll eat Grumpy’s !

  20. Carrie January 31, 2009 at 3:55 pm - Reply

    I’ve done that to recipes before too. I absolutely love the flavour of chipotle…I have this chipotle hot sauce that I add to EVERYTHING.

  21. Anonymous October 27, 2019 at 5:04 pm - Reply


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