Chipotle Orange Glaze for Grilling


I’m travelling this week and I anticipate some great garden fresh food. Mmm, corn, tomatoes and green peppers. I’m transporting one of Colorado’s favorite farm items across state lines (no, not that!), Palisade peaches. I should be very popular.

I thought I’d do something fun for a get-together this weekend, grilling with this sweet and spicy glaze. It can be used on chicken or pork.

Chipotle Orange GlazeChipotle

  • Juice from two oranges
  • zest from two oranges
  • 6 green onions, chopped (including greens)
  • 1 to 2 chipotle chilies in adobo sauce, minced (about 1 tbsp)
  • 1 tsp dried thyme, crushed
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 3/4 tsp cornstarch
  • pinch of salt


Whisk together honey and cornstarch, set aside. Combine remaining ingredients and add to saucepan. Bring to a low boil, stirring constantly. Whisk in honey mixture, reduce heat and allow to simmer until thickened, about 5 minutes. Divide glaze in half, save half for serving.

For Grilled Chicken:

  • 4 bone-in, skin on chicken breasts (can substitute 2 bone-in, skin on thighs for each breast if desired)
  • salt and pepper
  • oil

Heat grill. Using a paper towel, oil grates and place over hot coals. Salt and pepper both sides of chicken. Place chicken on grill and grill over high heat for about 6 minutes each side. Move off of direct heat and allow to cook for additional 15 to 20 minutes (until approx 150 degrees). Brush bone side of chicken with glaze and move over hot coals, bone side down. Brush glaze over skin side. Cook for another 10-15 minutes, turning and brushing with glaze on all sides until the chicken is 160 degrees. Remove to platter, tent with foil and let rest for five minutes. Serve with reserved glaze.

NOTE: Remaining chilies can be frozen in ice cube trays (one chili and sauce per cube), remove and add to a zip lock bag to be used later. Search Chipotle in the search box at the bottom of the page and you’ll find several recipes using them.

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