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.”

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    Angela — August 5, 2013 @ 7:00 am

    need to make these tonight. no question. good morning! :)


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    Lauren @ The Highlands Life — August 5, 2013 @ 7:16 am

    Yum in the tum. Is there anything worse than terrible, dried out chicken?!


    • Lara — August 5th, 2013 @ 8:00 am

      Yes! Raw chicken.


      • stacy fawcett — August 5th, 2013 @ 9:15 am

        Hi! May I share your recipe and pictures on the blog above? I need permission via email to present to my editor =) thank you and XOXOXO love your stuff!! Bourbon smores is the recipe

        • Jessica — August 5th, 2013 @ 9:55 am

          Yes that is totally fine!

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    Belinda @themoonblushbaker — August 5, 2013 @ 7:19 am

    This is why thighs are used! I find breast too stingy but yours look so juicy. It must be that marinade. Fantastic summer meal idea


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    Kim in MD — August 5, 2013 @ 7:22 am

    We eat a lot of chicken in my house, and I am always looking for new ways to serve it. This looks and sounds absolutely delicious, and I have everything to make it, so this will be dinner tonight! I know my family will love it…thanks for sharing, Jessica!


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    Molly @ Bakelette — August 5, 2013 @ 7:33 am

    Sounds like the perfect summer dinner! My grandmother could eat chicken for days, probably weeks! The family joke is that whenever we would go to visit her she would ALWAYS be serving this one chicken recipe called chicken veronique…I wasn’t the biggest fan of it. Haha! Oh memories!


  6. #
    Nikki @ The Road to Less Cake — August 5, 2013 @ 8:28 am



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    Marie @ Little Kitchie — August 5, 2013 @ 8:32 am

    NEED this! Looove that avocado ranch.


  8. #
    Liz (@Leave a happy plate) — August 5, 2013 @ 8:32 am

    I can’t wait to try the avocado ranch dressing!


  9. #
    Tieghan — August 5, 2013 @ 8:39 am

    Such a perfect meal! I love the avocado ranch and make it all the time and I mean chipotle lime chicken skewers? Yeah, those would be a huge hit around here!


  10. #
    Jenna — August 5, 2013 @ 8:40 am

    These skewers sound wonderful! Love that avocado ranch!


  11. #
    Sara @ LovingOnTheRun — August 5, 2013 @ 8:56 am

    These looks so good and like such a good summer grilling food!! :)


  12. #
    Jen — August 5, 2013 @ 9:21 am

    This looks strikingly similar to a recipe from Annie’s Eats, as many of your other recipes resemble recipes from other bloggers. A few minor changes doesn’t make it your creation.


    • Jessica — August 5th, 2013 @ 9:28 am

      uh, I’ve been blogging for 4 years and credit every single person/recipe/chef I get a recipe from if it is not my own. If you read my blog, you would know this.


      • stacy fawcett — August 5th, 2013 @ 9:40 am

        Hi :) may I share your bourbon smores recipe and photos for my blog listed above? and btw….I LOVE ALL OF YOUR RECIPES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Alison — August 5th, 2013 @ 9:36 am

      They are similar in name only. If you read Annie’s recipe, they have a few ingredients in common as any tex-mex dish would, but they are obviously not the same recipe.


    • Kay — August 5th, 2013 @ 9:46 am

      wait what? I’m actually kind of shocked by this comment. I’ve been reading food blogs for 10 years and have to say that jessica comes up with some of the most original recipes I’ve ever seen. Her recipes are rarely similar to other bloggers. If anything, people try to emulate her. This may not be one of her most creative recipes, but I really doubt she copied it without credit.


    • Cath — August 5th, 2013 @ 10:20 am

      Yes, this is laughable. I can say a lot of things about this blog but the recipes are always credited.


    • Marjie — August 5th, 2013 @ 11:40 am

      I just have to say that I looked up the recipe from Annie’s Eats… 1) Her Avocado cream sauce vs. Jessica’s Avocado ranch is completely different, and Jessica also posted the recipe for that before Annie did. 2) Their chicken recipes are completely different. Chipotle is a type of flavor, so no one can have a claim over calling their chicken that. 3) Just as everyone else said, Jessica always credits anyone in her posts that she adapts her recipes from, so obviously she did have inspiration from her recipe.

      P.S. Jessica… can’t wait to make this!! Definitely going on the grocery list this week! Your Greek Grilled Chicken Salad is on the menu tonight!


    • Sarahbeth — August 5th, 2013 @ 1:20 pm

      Yowzers! There is never drama here. Is everyone bothered by this comment because like me, most people know that this blog has some of the most original recipes on the internet? Like someone else said, Jessica made the avocado ranch for the first time before Annie did. And the chicken is just chicken. It’s not like she would need to steal somebody’s recipe to make this up. Jen, I’m curious if you actually read this blog? Jessica’s recipes are never like other bloggers recipes. This is an instance where the recipe may not be very unique, but I love seeing how different people prepare simple meals.

      Sorry for the long comment Jessica and I hope you’re enjoying your vacation! I always love your Michigan pictures. We take the grandkids to Walloon lake every couple years!


      • Sarahbeth — August 5th, 2013 @ 1:23 pm

        Ack! I meant “bloggers'” – typo.

    • Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen — August 5th, 2013 @ 2:35 pm

      Ahhh! Yes. This looks awesome. This chicken actually doesn’t look dry which always depresses me.

      Re: the original recipe thing…in the world of creative work, there will always be overlap, people influencing others and ideas recycled, made into new fresher ideas. This happens all the time with film, photography, visual work, and yes, recipes and food. This doesn’t mean that this isn’t original. I also don’t think many people know that the actual copyright exists within the written directions, which yours are clearly, well, yours. The ingredient list is quite different too, so really this is whole drama is totally moot.


    • Kate — August 5th, 2013 @ 5:59 pm

      Simmer down people! We all know this chick comes up with the craziest shit on the Internet so “Jen” must be new here. Let it go. Jessica responded and it’s over.


    • Tracy | Peanut Butter And Onion — August 6th, 2013 @ 7:00 am

      You have some fierce followers here…:) I love your stuff! and i find you extremely creative. I’m new to the blogging world, and have have a hard time figuring out the proper etiquette to re-doing a recipe… You are one of the few that has help with clarification in that department… Thanks!


    • Jenna — August 6th, 2013 @ 2:03 pm

      Lololol “many of your recipes resemble those of other bloggers?!????” Is this person serious? Jessica is one of the few food blogger who still blogs every single day and comes up with her own stuff. I never comment on stuff like this but what Jen said is ludicrous. She obviously was sent here as a troll.


  13. #
    shelly (cookies and cups) — August 5, 2013 @ 9:23 am

    This might be my new favorite dinner.


  14. #
    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — August 5, 2013 @ 9:24 am

    I want this!!! The dressing looks so good – I would want it on everything!!!


  15. #
    Kay — August 5, 2013 @ 9:42 am

    oh my gosh I love your avocado ranch!! I make it all the time and put it on chicken too. I’m so glad you tried it!


  16. #
    Erika — August 5, 2013 @ 9:48 am

    I have a thang with chicken too.. mostly fired but I can seriously get down with these skewers. I mean just look at the juice dripping from that chicken. Yes ma’am


  17. #
    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes — August 5, 2013 @ 9:49 am

    avocado ranch = just get me a straw, thanks. :)


  18. #
    jenny b — August 5, 2013 @ 9:50 am

    yessss! I am so making this tonight!!!


  19. #
    sam — August 5, 2013 @ 10:04 am

    dear god yes. i can’t stop grilling this summer.


  20. #
    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — August 5, 2013 @ 10:04 am

    I’m always looking for new chicken recipes (I don’t eat it a ton, but probably once a week, maybe?). This marinade looks delicious! Just need to get my hands on some adobo sauce :)


  21. #
    amber l — August 5, 2013 @ 10:05 am

    This looks amazing! I have yet to come across chilis in adobo sauce. Does TJ’s sell it??


    • Jessica — August 5th, 2013 @ 11:09 am

      I’m not sure if TJs has it, but I always find it in the mexican/worldwide foods section of my local grocery store!


    • Larry — August 5th, 2013 @ 12:13 pm

      Not gonna lie, I had to get some the other day and it took me a good 4 hours (or 2 minutes, whatever) to find it, but it’s almost always next to the chopped green chiles in the little cans. SO GOOD.


  22. #
    Cath — August 5, 2013 @ 10:16 am

    I don’t always love your recipes but this is a winner.


  23. #
    Carly @ Snack Therapy — August 5, 2013 @ 10:23 am

    Chicken usually scares me, but I want to slather this avocado ranch on a whole chicken and just eat it like that.


  24. #
    joelle @ on a pink typewriter — August 5, 2013 @ 10:41 am

    Yum! Great recipe for summertime.


  25. #
    Marcie @ Flavor the Moments — August 5, 2013 @ 10:47 am

    Great looking chicken, especially with that avocado ranch on top! Those flavors sound just perfect.


  26. #
    Heather @ Sugar Dish Me — August 5, 2013 @ 10:49 am

    I cook chicken more than any other protein. This looks amazing and I’d like to eat that avocado ranch with a spoon. Please.


  27. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — August 5, 2013 @ 11:08 am

    Agh this is pure torture! I have everything for these but the chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, and since it’s a holiday our grocery stores are closed! BAH! Bookmarking for later this week! :)


  28. #
    Ashlie — August 5, 2013 @ 11:38 am

    Would this work if you cooked the chicken in the oven or in a grill pan (I have a cast iron grill pan), I don’t have a grill! Love your recipes, thanks!!


    • Jessica — August 5th, 2013 @ 4:35 pm

      yes, for sure!


  29. #
    Larry — August 5, 2013 @ 12:12 pm

    I love avocados. I LOVEEEE ranch. The fact that you mixed them together? Dressing of the gods! They probably have this on Mount Olympus and dip pita chips in it or something.


  30. #
    Christina @ The Beautiful Balance — August 5, 2013 @ 12:21 pm

    I would have trouble with not smearing that avocado ranch on everything!


  31. #
    Ashley@BakerbyNature — August 5, 2013 @ 12:23 pm

    I’ve always had a thing with chicken, too, but damn girl, I’d eat this like nobodies bizness!


  32. #
    Eileen — August 5, 2013 @ 12:39 pm

    WEll, now I am seriously craving this dressing! It sounds like the perfect contrast to juicy, spicy chicken. Yay!


  33. #
    Michelle — August 5, 2013 @ 12:51 pm

    This looks amazing! Avocado ranch – yum!!


  34. #
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — August 5, 2013 @ 1:09 pm

    I love the avocado’s so pretty :) I love green food for some reason LOL


  35. #
    Kelly — August 5, 2013 @ 1:36 pm

    Amazing as per usual! I am ALWAYS looking for new ways to prepare chicken because I always get tired of the same like 5 recipes that I can do haha. So this is quite exciting for me. I also weirdly like the color of the avocado ranch for some reason? Is that like a weird thing to say? Probably haha..


  36. #
    Jen — August 5, 2013 @ 4:01 pm

    This sounds good, especially the sauce. You should try “Smart Chicken”! I’m not sure if they sell it where you live. You never get dry chicken because they don’t use chemicals or water (that washes out the flavor and causes dryness). Definitely the best chicken ever!


  37. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — August 5, 2013 @ 4:40 pm

    I bet the avo ranch is SO GOOD! I want to dip everything from cucumbers to chips to pita bread in it!


  38. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — August 5, 2013 @ 5:37 pm

    Oh lawdy! These look luscious!


  39. #
    petal and plume — August 5, 2013 @ 5:50 pm

    brilliant job! these look exceptional and perfect!


  40. #
    Heather of Kitchen Concoctions — August 5, 2013 @ 6:13 pm

    I think everyone could use new chicken recipes! This looks like a great addition!


  41. #
    michelle — August 5, 2013 @ 6:18 pm

    Whoa girrrrlllll what is going on with the comments up there?! Hah aren’t you on vacation? Hopefully you aren’t reading the comments! People can say whatever they want but I really don’t think they can say you steal other recipes. You’re a pretty smart girl so why would you steal a recipe and risk your foodie rep? Anyway, I just put this chicken in the marinade for dinner! I’ve been using the avo ranch for months and we love it!!!!


  42. #
    Dominique @ That's What Domi Said — August 5, 2013 @ 6:40 pm

    Forget the chicken, I just want to bathe in that avocado ranch. 50 Shades of Salad Dressing? Yes puhhlease.


  43. #
    LisaG — August 5, 2013 @ 7:04 pm

    This looks amazing! I may use pork tenderloin cause thats what i have.


  44. #
    Kelly — August 5, 2013 @ 9:32 pm

    This looks and sounds delicious!

    Sparkles and Shoes


  45. #
    Julie — August 5, 2013 @ 9:40 pm

    Oh man, I am obsessed with making avocado ranch for taco salads lately. SO GOOD.


  46. #
    Sues — August 6, 2013 @ 12:16 am

    This chicken looks WAY better than the average chicken!!


  47. #
    Irena S. — August 6, 2013 @ 5:59 am

    That is such a great combination! I am a big avocado lover gonna try this out!! xx


  48. #
    Jura Cullen — August 6, 2013 @ 7:40 am

    Avocado ranch looks delicious – shall have to try making that!


  49. #
    Kim in MD — August 6, 2013 @ 8:12 am

    I made these for dinner last night…my family inhaled them! Absolutey delicious! I will be making this recipe often!


    • Jessica — August 6th, 2013 @ 8:19 am

      thanks kim! so glad you guys enjoyed them. :)


  50. #
    Leila @ The Milk Truck — August 6, 2013 @ 10:16 am




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