We recently received coupons to try a few of the Citizen Chef sauces. Generally, we make everything from scratch, but who could resist trying sauces for free.
Initially, we looked at the title of the sauce to decide what we wanted to put into the dish. Then we tasted the sauce to see if those additions made sense. Expectations were high that this sauce would be spicy and smoky. Once we tasted the sauce, the chipotle flavor was evident, but it was only mildly spicy. We also found that the sauce was on the sweet side. That happens, though, when you have pre-set expectations. After a quick evaluation, we decided to add a few seasonings to bring the sauce more to our liking. Keep in mind—everyone’s taste buds are different. Others who tasted it enjoyed the sweet and mildly spicy flavor just as it was.
My recommendation to you is decide if the sauce tastes perfect without any spice additions for you. If it does, then skip my spices.
You will notice that we added unsweetened cocoa powder. The purpose of that was to add a little bitterness to the sauce. Again, that is a personal preference and you may not want to add it. To me, though, it added just the right punch to the sauce to fit my preferences.
Chipotle Adobo Chicken using Citizen Chef Sauce
- 1 lb Boneless/skinless chicken breast
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 tomato, diced
- 1 cup Frozen corn, thawed
- 15 oz can black beans, drained
- 10 oz container of Citizen Chef chipotle adobo sauce
- ½ tsp cumin
- ½ tsp chili powder
- ½ tsp unsweetened chocolate powder
- ¼ tsp lime zest, optional
- Lime slices
- Pound chicken breasts slightly to even out the thickness. Lightly sprinkle each breast with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
- Place oil in sauté pan and heat until it begins to shimmer. Add the chicken breasts and brown on the first side. Turn the chicken over and brown on the second side. Continue to sauté them until they reach about 150°.
- Add the tomato to the pan and cook for about 30 seconds. Add in the corn and black beans. Stir to combine. Stir in the Citizen Chef chipotle adobo sauce, cumin, chili powder and chocolate powder.
- Turn the heat down and let everything simmer together for about 5 minutes. Check the chicken or doneness (160°). Add the lime zest, if desired. Serve over rice and garnish with lime slices.
All in all, this sauce was pretty good. It was fresh tasting and had many of the flavors we want in a chipotle adobo dish. I would purchase it again to use as a base for other things. These sauces are currently available at Sprouts in Mesa.
See our article for more information on Citizen Chef sauces. You may also want to try our recipe for orange chicken using Citizen Chef sauce.
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