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Sheet Pan Chipotle Chicken with Lime Yogurt

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Keep this delicious and easy sheet pan recipe bookmarked for crazy days when you need a simple but delicious dinner recipe. Though chicken breasts have a reputation for being dry, marinating them in a spicy yogurt mixture tenderizes the meat and adds moisture as well as flavor. Depending on how much spice you like, you can adjust the number of chiles you use for your chipotle chicken to your preference. If you like, serve the chicken and vegetables with warmed corn tortillas or black beans for a heartier meal.

Recipe and photo by Maren Ellingboe


  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • 1-2 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, chopped
  • 1½ tsp kosher salt, divided
  • 1 tsp ground pepper, divided
  • 1-1 ½ lbs chicken breasts, cut in half
  • 4 c fresh sweet corn (from 4 ears corn)
  • 2 sweet potatoes, scrubbed & cut into ½-inch pieces
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • Sliced avocado, for serving
  • Pickled red onions, for serving
  • Chopped cilantro, for serving
  • Sliced jalapenos, for serving

    Lime Yogurt:
  • ½ c Greek yogurt
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tbsp lime zest
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • ½ tsp kosher salt


  1. Mix yogurt, chipotle chiles, ½ tsp salt and ½ tsp pepper in a medium bowl. Add chicken breasts and coat with yogurt mixture. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 425°. Spread corn and sweet potatoes on a rimmed baking sheet. Toss with olive oil and remaining salt and pepper. Make 4 wells in the vegetables, and place a piece of chicken in each well. Roast until chicken reaches 165° on an instant-read thermometer and vegetables are browned, about 25-30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, make lime yogurt: mix yogurt, garlic, lime zest and juice, and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.
  4. Serve chipotle chicken and vegetables with lime yogurt, and top with avocado, red onions, cilantro and jalapenos. 

Recipe Notes and Variations

  • Quick pickling the red onions tones down the harsh bite of the onions, and adds a delicious tangy flavor to a multitude of dishes. To make them, dissolve ½ tsp kosher salt in ¼ c water and ¼ c distilled vinegar. Add ½ sliced red onion and let sit at room temperature for 20 minutes. Refrigerate for up to 1 week.


  • Nancy
    September 30, 2020 at 10:16 pm

    I like the recipe for the pickled red onions. The chipotle chicken recipe sounds really good too

    • Imperfect
      October 1, 2020 at 12:02 am

      Mouth watering right?! 🤤

  • Patricia Kerrigan
    October 1, 2020 at 2:14 pm

    Are the chipotle chilies in adobo sauce available from Imperfect Foods? The recipes sound ver scrumptious!

    • Imperfect
      October 1, 2020 at 8:32 pm

      Occasionally they may be! Just please know that we have a rolling inventory that changes market to market, seasonly and weekly. If you don’t see the chillies one week, keep your eyes peeled the following weeks!

  • Diane
    October 1, 2020 at 3:33 pm

    Imperfect, could you add an option to these recipes to allow us to print them? This sounds delicious, and it would be easier if we could save an easy .pdf as many other recipe sources allow. Thanks for considering it!

    • Imperfect
      October 1, 2020 at 8:37 pm

      Hey friend! We’ve passed this feedback along to our team! In the meantime, feel free to click file and then print on your computer and you can print off the page that way too 💚

  • Nancy Portale
    January 13, 2021 at 9:57 pm

    The recipe doesn’t indicate the number of servings. How many does this serve?

  • Ardis
    January 14, 2021 at 12:02 am

    I don’t eat spicy especially peppers and jalapenos

  • Kirsten Warhoe
    January 15, 2021 at 4:13 pm

    How hard is it to provide caloric estimates — this sounds healthy but its always nice to know for sure.

    • Imperfect
      January 20, 2021 at 10:48 pm

      You can definitely find out any caloric information for our recipes by calculating it here: 💚

  • Kathy
    January 16, 2021 at 9:34 pm

    You can try this with milder roasted poblanos or store bought diced green chilis patted dry. Add a pinch of smoked paprika for that yummy smoky flavor.

    • Imperfect
      January 20, 2021 at 10:56 pm

      Mm, this would certainly spice things up 😛🔥


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