See… I have this thing with chicken.

Chipotle Lime Grilled Chicken Skewers with Avocado Ranch I

I’ve eaten a lot of sketchy chicken in the last few years. Half-assed chicken. Low-rent chicken, if you will. Plain, boring, dry chicken. The kind of chicken that makes you hate chicken.

So you know… because of that, it’s like my life goal to constantly made delicious, tender, flavor packed chicken. Oh. Also, I live with this boy that eats more chicken than anyone or anything in the world. Chicken for days.

It’s frightening.

Chipotle Lime Grilled Chicken Skewers with Avocado Ranch I

We all know that fried chicken or even faux fried chicken is the way to go. Even pan-sauteed with butter and garlic and wine and… um. I want that right now. You know what I’m getting at though. It can be challenging to come up with healthy chicken recipes that taste as fantastic as the chicken you love that is meant for splurges and, well… frankly: the weekends. Because on the weekends, calories don’t count.

Welp. This is it. This is my new favorite chicken recipe and will remain my new favorite chicken recipe until I make my next new favorite chicken recipe. I give it three weeks.

Chipotle Lime Grilled Chicken Skewers with Avocado Ranch I

This is super easy too. I live on this avocado ranch. I first made it with my double bean quesadillas but now, I’ll randomly make a batch on Sunday and eat it on EVERYTHING. I seriously mean everything. Scrambled eggs, toast, salads, flank steak, potatoes, pizza… the list is endless. It’s more frightening than my spouse’s chicken issues.

Chipotle Lime Grilled Chicken Skewers with Avocado Ranch I


Chipotle Lime Grilled Chicken Skewers with Avocado Ranch

Yield: serves 4

Total Time: 1 hour


1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons adobo sauce (from a can of chipotle peppers in adobo)
2 limes, zested and juiced
2 garlic cloves, minced

avocado ranch
1 ripe medium avocado
1/3 cup sour cream
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley
2 tablespoons freshly chopped dill
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper


Add the chicken to a large bowl and season it with the salt, pepper and paprika. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, adobo sauce, lime zest and juice and garlic. Pour it over the chicken and toss to coat. Let sit for 30 minutes. At this time, if you are using bamboo skewers, make sure to soak them in water for 15 to 20 minutes.

Preheat the grill to the highest setting. Take the skewers and add as many pieces of chicken to them as you want (I went with 3 or 4), not smashing them together but allowing them to touch. Place the skewers on the grill and grill on all sides until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side and 10 to 12 minutes total. Remove from the grill and serve with a drizzle of the avocado ranch.

avocado ranch
Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until creamy, scraping down the sides occasionally when needed. Taste and season additionally if desired. Store avocado ranch in a seal-tight container for 1-2 days!

[avocado ranch from these double bean quesadillas]

Chipotle Lime Grilled Chicken Skewers with Avocado Ranch I

This is super delicious on that BLT salad too. Tried it. Loved it.

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98 Responses to “Chipotle Lime Grilled Chicken Skewers with Avocado Ranch.”

  1. #
    Barbara | Creative Culinary — August 6, 2013 @ 10:21 am

    I’m with the boy…I love chicken. I can not deny that I’ve switched teams to dark meat a lot though ever since Costco started carrying boneless thighs but I could do this! My thinking is most people ruin chicken by overcooking it. Getting it done is a good thing. Getting it overdone is, well, not. Such a good thing..

    I love the simplicity of this; it’s a very doable weeknight meal as in it will be MY weeknight meal. Thanks!


  2. #
    Laurie E. — August 6, 2013 @ 10:49 am

    Are you kidding? Avocado Ranch? I have literally died and gone to heaven. I was actually looking for a great dipping sauce, and this fits the bill PERFECTLY.

    I bow to you, sweet Jessica.


  3. #
    Melanie @ Just Some Salt and Pepper — August 6, 2013 @ 11:14 am

    This chicken sounds delicious! My cousin is staying with me for the week and last night polished off a pound of chicken all by himself. It was…impressive.


  4. #
    Keri — August 6, 2013 @ 11:32 am

    Made this for dinner last night! Ran right to the store after work for ingredients, and plus a bunch more of stuff since i just found your site and now have like 5 recipes to make! They were delicious!! LOVE the avocado ranch!
    also.. since my boyfriend got home late and im on strick no using the grill orders, i used my new emeril grill pan! came out perfect in minutes!!!


  5. #
    Arthur in the Garden! — August 6, 2013 @ 11:52 am



  6. #
    Megan — August 6, 2013 @ 2:14 pm

    Made this for dinner last night with some skewered veggies that *accidentally* fell into the avocado ranch. Delish! Thanks for mixing up my weeknight dinners!


  7. #
    Rebecca — August 6, 2013 @ 3:42 pm

    I know you’re not a dude, but.

    Dude. This is AWESOME! Avocado in ranch is like, genius to the nth level. I’m making this yesterday, or at least as soon as I have an avocado.


  8. #
    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — August 6, 2013 @ 3:57 pm

    Avocado ranch makes everything better!


  9. #
    Autumn — August 6, 2013 @ 5:39 pm

    Can these be baked in the oven? They look delicious!


  10. #
    ATasteOfMadness — August 6, 2013 @ 7:10 pm

    I’m always looking for new chicken recipes. This one looks like a winner, I definitely want to try this!


  11. #
    Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking — August 7, 2013 @ 12:02 am

    Yeah, these look amazing. And healthy! I don’t do dry chicken. Mehh. It makes me cringe. I cannot wait to try these. And the avocado ranch. Bookmarked.


  12. #
    tracy {pale yellow} — August 7, 2013 @ 10:59 am

    Good chicken is awesome and this recipe looks great!


  13. #
    Apple — August 8, 2013 @ 7:21 am

    I made this yesterday and put the chicken on a bed of red onion salad..
    It was amazing!
    The smell was incredible when it was cooking and when I finished it I wanted more.. I’m making more again this weekend :P
    Thanks for the recipe :)


  14. #
    Elana — August 13, 2013 @ 8:29 pm

    This is one of the best meals I’ve ever had. We made it with red onion and peppers. I want to have it again tomorrow.!


  15. #
    Kendall Davis — August 13, 2013 @ 10:10 pm

    I made this chicken tonight and it was a big success!! Instead of the avocado ranch dressing/dip I just used guacamole and rannch and it was delish. :) great recipe as always!


  16. #
    Hailey — August 24, 2013 @ 10:38 am

    This is quite possibly some of the best chicken I’ve had. What an amazing recipe. Thank you.


  17. #
    Rose — September 11, 2013 @ 12:26 pm

    This one’s a keeper! Made it last night and we all loved it. Thanks for the recipe!



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