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Gluten Free Seared Chipotle Chicken Recipe

Over the years, I have created an arsenal of recipes that would indeed fool even the pickiest of the non-gluten-free eaters in the group. They are simple to prepare and completely kid-friendly.

Our biggest party successes have involved a “build-your-own” food bar so the kids can prepare their own plates. We have tried all types of these “build-your-own” parties – tacos, pizzas, panini sandwiches, sundaes, and cupcakes. The kids love being in control of picking whatever they want and I love that every child can find something to enjoy.

Build-Your-Own Taco Bar

Tacos are always kid-friendly and will serve a crowd. They please everyone: kids, adults, picky eaters, adventurous eaters, the health conscious, and the not-so-health-conscious.

Place the following ingredients in the order listed below in bowls on the table with serving utensils in each bowl:

Crispy taco shells
Soft corn tortillas
Tortilla chips
Chipotle Chicken (recipe follows)
Lime & Cilantro Rice (click here for recipe)
Pineapple Salsa (click here for recipe)
Cabbage, chopped
Prepared salsa
Corn (such as frozen roasted corn, thawed and drained)
Black beans (canned; drained and rinsed)
Sour cream
Sliced jalapeños (for those who like a little spice)
Cilantro, chopped
Lime wedges

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Gluten Free Seared Chipotle Chicken Recipe

This chicken is delicious alone or in tacos! You can even make this a day ahead, then place it in a slow cooker on the warm setting to serve during the party.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Refrigeration Time4 hrs
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 367kcal
Author: Kim Maes


  • ½ medium red onion coarsely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons adobo sauce from a small can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon ancho chili powder
  • teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Water as needed
  • 4 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs


  • For the marinade, add onion, garlic, adobo sauce, oil, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt, and pepper to a food processor or blender and mix until smooth. Pour the marinade into a measuring cup and add enough water to reach to 1 cup.
  • Using a fork, poke holes all over the chicken thighs and place in a resealable plastic bag. Pour in themarinade, seal, and use your hands to squish the marinade around so all the chicken is evenly coated. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, but preferably overnight.
  • Preheat a large skillet over medium heat. Add enough olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Add the chicken to the pan and cook, turning occasionally, until completely cooked through, 165-175°F on an instant-read thermometer. Cook in two batches so the chicken has enough room in the pan. Add more oil in between. Remove the chicken, place on a large cutting board, and let rest for 10 minutes. Dice the chicken into 1-2 inch cubes.


Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Seared Chipotle Chicken Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 367 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 142mg47%
Sodium 1191mg50%
Potassium 897mg26%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Protein 51g102%
Vitamin A 305IU6%
Vitamin C 1.2mg1%
Calcium 31mg3%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Gluten Free & More are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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