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Chipotle and Lime Chicken Thighs require only a handful of ingredients, can be cooked in the oven or on the grill, and are juicy, crispy, and full of smokey flavor! 

Chipotle and lime chicken thighs in a red and white baking dish.

If you’ve followed The Stay At Home Chef for any length of time, you know that we love chicken thighs. Season it, toss it in the oven while you make some sides, and you’ve got yourself a finger-licking good meal. It’s easy and delicious. And the cost? You can buy chicken thighs for under $1 a pound. We like that ’round here. This is an easy meal that gets devoured every time. We’ve even made it for some picky eaters who swear they don’t like chicken on the bone…and then they gobble it up. I guess they only like it if it is delicious! This recipe isn’t too spicy, but it is full of smokey flavor with a bit of heat and then some zip from the lime.

What type of chicken thighs should I use?

This recipe is meant for bone in and skin on chicken thighs. The juiciness and flavor just can’t be beat, not to mention the delicious crispy skin. However, this spice blend paired with lime juice is so fantastic, even on boneless skinless chicken thighs. You can always substitute with boneless skinless thighs if needed. If you decide to use skinless chicken thighs and bake them in the oven, you can skip the last step of broiling. Once your thighs are cooked through you can remove from the oven.

Where do I find chipotle chili powder?

Chipotle chili powder is made from smoked, dried chilis and can be found in most American grocery stores in the spice aisle. McCormick makes chipotle chili powder and is probably the most widely available, though you can find other brands as well. While you can use other types of chili powder in this recipe, we love the smoky flavors of the chipotle chili powder. If you can’t find it in your grocery store, you can also purchase it on Amazon.

Fresh vs. Bottled Lime Juice for Chipotle and Lime Chicken Thighs:

Fresh lime juice is always best, and we highly recommend you stick to it. As always, feel free to make substitutes as necessary with bottled lime. The flavor won’t be quite as good as fresh, but it will work in a pinch.

Chipotle and lime chicken thigh on a white plate.

Serving Suggestions:

When working on the grill, we love to take advantage and have grilled sides as well! Corn on the cob, and zucchini are always a favorite!

Storage and Reheating Instructions:

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. You can reheat in the microwave, in a skillet over medium heat, or back on the grill until warmed through.

If you like this recipe, you may be interested in these other delicious chicken recipes:

Chipotle and Lime Chicken Thighs

6 chicken thighs

Chipotle and lime chicken thighs in a red and white baking dish.
Chipotle and Lime Chicken Thighs require only a handful of ingredients, can be cooked in the oven or on the grill, and are juicy, crispy, and full of smokey flavor! 
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
  • 8 chicken thighs (bone in, skin on)
  • 2 limes juiced (about 1/4 cup)
  • 3 teaspoons chipotle chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • Heat oven to 425 degrees. Lightly grease a 9x13 baking dish with non stick cooking spray.
  • Lay out the chicken thighs in the prepared pan, skin-side up. Squeeze the lime juice all over the meat.
  • Combine the spices in a small bowl, sprinkle generously all over the meat.
  • Divide the butter into 8 pieces. Place a piece onto each thigh.
  • Bake for about 40-45 minutes, basting every 15 minutes with the juices in the pan.
  • Broil the last few minutes to really crisp up the skin. Watch closely. Remove from oven, rest for about 5 minutes and enjoy!


  • Follow all prior instructions for prepping chicken but do not place butter on top of the chicken thigh.
  • Place the chicken directly on the grate of a preheated grill. Medium to high is where you want the temperature but all grills vary.
  • Using the butter in the recipe, melt it and baste the thighs with it every 5 minutes. Flip occasionally and cook until the thigh internal temperature reaches 165-170 degrees, about 25-30 minutes.


Calories: 406kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 168mg | Sodium: 393mg | Potassium: 353mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 658IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American, Grilling
Keyword: Chipotle lime chicken thighs
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