Chipotle Creamy Chicken Thighs

Juicy, tender chicken thighs cooked in a creamy, spicy chipotle pepper sauce with lots of bell peppers and onion.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken, chicken thighs, chipotle, dinner, spicy
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6
Calories 832 kcal
Author Lyuba Brooke


  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 3.5 lbs chicken leg quarters (other cuts can be used)
  • 2 red bell peppers thinly sliced
  • 1 yellow onion thinly sliced
  • Salt
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 4 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • salt
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  1. Preheat oven to 350.

  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine heavy whipping cream, paprika, garlic powder, and salt. 

  3. Mince chipotle peppers in adobo sauce and whisk them into heavy cream mixture. Mix sauce until all ingredients are evenly incorporated. Set aside.

  4. Preheat an oven safe cooking pan (like a cast iron pan) over medium-high heat. 

  5. Season chicken leg quarters with salt on both sides. 

  6. Add canola oil all over the hot cooking pan and place chicken legs into it. Sear chicken legs until golden brown and flip them over.

  7. Add sliced onions and peppers to the pan, all over. 

  8. Sear chicken legs until golden brown on the other side and then pour the sauce all over the chicken and veggies. (It's okay if some vegges end up under the chicken. 

  9. Transfer the pan into the pre-heated oven and bake for 40-45 minutes. 

    (Time will depend on the size and the cut of the chicken used. Drumsticks and thighs may take 10-15 minutes less than a whole leg quarter.)

  10. Serve over rice, pasta, or veggies. 

Nutrition Facts
Chipotle Creamy Chicken Thighs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 832 Calories from Fat 639
% Daily Value*
Fat 71g109%
Saturated Fat 28g175%
Cholesterol 328mg109%
Sodium 217mg9%
Potassium 654mg19%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 38g76%
Vitamin A 2965IU59%
Vitamin C 52.5mg64%
Calcium 78mg8%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.