Honey Chipotle Criss-Cut Chicken

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Cooking chicken breast has never been juicier or more delicious! Imagine hasselback chicken taken to a whole new level – it’s not just tasty, it’s super fun to make too. I personally love pairing it with cilantro lime rice to create a hearty bowl that’s bursting with flavor!

For a truly fantastic and enjoyable chicken dish, try cutting your chicken breast in a criss-cross pattern and marinating it in a delightful honey chipotle lime blend! This secret tip, which I stumbled upon on TikTok, elevates the chicken’s flavor by 100 times. If you’re ready to up your chicken game, this recipe is a must-try for dinner!

Honey Chipotle Criss-Cut Chicken

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Servings 3


  • 1 pound chicken breast 2 large breasts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 tablespoons chipotle adobo paste
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons unsalted butter


  • Begin by scoring the chicken breast to create a criss-cross pattern. Make vertical cuts about 2/3 of the way down, then make horizontal cuts across the breast in the same manner. This creates squares all around the chicken, allowing the marinade to penetrate deeply.
  • In a small bowl, mix together olive oil, salt, garlic powder, chili powder, black pepper, cumin, coriander, oregano, and chipotle adobo paste.
  • Cook the chicken on a hot skillet or pan over medium-high heat until both sides develop a golden brown sear. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook until the center is fully cooked.
  • Towards the end, add a knob of unsalted butter, honey, lime juice, and cilantro. Baste the chicken with the mixture, then remove it from the pan.
  • Enjoy your delicious and flavorful chicken while it’s warm!

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