If you’ve read The Skinny Truths about how my family lost so much weight (and kept it off), without being hungry or bored, you know it’s key to Eat More Things That Grow and Fewer Things That Walk…

But when you do have meat, whether hoofed or feathered, you want to make sure it’s really worth it…and packs a flavorful punch.

And this Quick and Easy Buttermilk Chipotle Grilled chicken really delivers!

Canned Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce are simply very ripe jalapeno peppers that have been dried, smoked and packed in a sauce of tomatoes, vinegar, paprika, oregano, garlic and onion. If you’ve never cooked with them before, you’ll be shocked at what a shortcut they can be when wanting to add flavor to loads of recipes.

And, to make sure those flavors, and a couple of other ones in this marinade, really travel to the deepest parts of the chicken, buttermilk is a miracle…

Cooks in the south, like the ones I grew up with, always used buttermilk to tenderize and moisturize fried chicken….The acid in buttermilk helps break down the protein strings, which makes the bird more tender and succulent, while carrying those flavorful spices and herbs into the deepest part of the meat.

And this spicy version of the marinade those smart cooks have used for generations makes this chicken just as delicious and juicy…even though it’s grilled and not fried!

The best part is, even though this marinade takes less than 5 minutes to whirl together, the Chipotles in Adobo sauce make it taste far more complex…and, if you make it for a summer garden party, your guests will beg to know your secret! (By the way, feel free to tell them it’s much more difficult than it really is!)



(Marinate the chicken the night before, or the morning of, your BBQ.)

5 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 8 breasts), each cut in half (See below for details, there’s way to cut them that is important to make them as juicy as they can be.)

1 1/2 c buttermilk

1/4 to 1/2 c Chipotle peppers in Adobo sauce (Add according to how much heat you like.)

1 t ground cumin

1 t ground coriander

1 t kosher salt

1 handful fresh cilantro, stems and leaves

Zest and juice of 1 large lime

Using your immersion blender, puree the buttermilk, Chipotles in Adobo sauce, ground cumin, coriander, salt, cilantro, lime zest, and juice.

While the marinade sits for a few minutes, cut your chicken breasts in half.

You want to separate the thicker (top) part of the breasts from the thinner (and lower part) of the breasts so that you can leave the thicker pieces on the grill to keep cooking, but pull the thinner pieces as soon as they’re done so they don’t dry out.


Toss the chicken in the marinade, making sure every piece is coated, and cover with plastic wrap.

(Push down on the wrap so that everything is submerged and nothing is left out in the air.)


After marinating at least 6 hours, and up to 24, cook on the grill…(And, while the grill is hot, go ahead and throw on some veggies! Bell peppers, onions, zucchini, eggplant, asparagus or mushrooms are all great grill friends!)

When everything is done…load the veg onto a platter, slice the chicken and arrange it on top..adding fresh squeezed lime juice and a sprinkle of freshly chopped cilantro just before serving.


If you grill on a Sunday night and have leftovers, chop some of the veggies, and a super thin slice of 10 calorie ham, and make an egg white or Egg Beaters omelet Monday morning…you can even add a couple of teaspoons of 2% cheddar if you like…

Or, try Daiya vegan cheese. (Daiya brand is  my vegan cheese of choice because it tastes great and actually melts like real cheese!)

Or, you can make a wrap to take to work for lunch!

If you have chicken and veg, use both…

But if you only have veggies left, just add some creamy avocado and some fresh spinach and make a delicious veggie wrap!

(But do use the La Tortilla Factory brand of high fiber wraps ….they’re really big and stay nice and soft and have just 100 calories each!)


Once you’ve tasted how a buttermilk marinade infuses chicken with flavor, while keeping it moist and delicious, try Easy and Amazing Indian Grilled Chicken!

After it’s grilled, add a shower of fresh mint instead of, or with, cilantro..

And, if throwing a party, serve it with some warm pita bread and non-fat yogurt raita for the full Indian effect!

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