Chipotle Chicken Bake

Warm up into a carefree evening of a chipotle chicken bake. Splash sauce over the chicken, season and shove in the oven to bake away while you relax into your evening routine!

Chipotle is a sauce I have only recently started using in cooking, but I am discovering it is definitely a good sauce to have on hand. Due to my love of chillies and tomatoes, and their recent abundance in our garden it is a sauce I have really come to enjoy using in dishes, particularly with chicken. Chicken and fish are always safe bets when you are learning how to use a new herb, spice or sauce, although I could not really imagine a chipotle fish bake!


Chipotle is a sauce primarily comprised of chillies, dill, coriander, cumin, greek yogurt and salt. For the most part I think these ingredients are incorporated into the chipotle sauce that we use, from Barkers New Zealand but it is always good to check the list of ingredients. If you want throwing this meal together to be as quick and easy as possible, I totally suggest using a store-bought sauce. If you like to create your sauces from scratch, there are definitely some great recipes about.

With the sauce dominated by tomato puree I decided to still add dill and chillies to the chicken as well as the sauce. The red onion and garlic were added to develop the flavour of the dish, and if you decide to create a gravy from the juices then these will help make a delicious gravy. After that I threw in a handful of fresh tomato pieces to balance the spice of the powerful chillies that we use. If you are not a fan of hot spicy dishes, you can easily substitute the chillies for half a capsicum and you will still get a tasty meal.


This is a recipe I developed myself so please let me know how you find it, and link back to this post. I only have to cook for my partner and I so for a family meal you will need to double the recipe, and this will definitely extend your cooking times. For whatever baking dish you choose, make sure there is a bit of room between the drumsticks to ensure quicker cooking. Otherwise you could end up waiting quite a while. You can use a baking tray or something similar, but as the dish is quite saucy due to the tomato, or yogurt base to your chipotle, it really is an easier clean up process to use a glass or ceramic baking dish.


Recipe developed by Alanna Marise

Preparation Time: 10 minutes, Cooking Time: 45-60 minutes


  • 5-6 chicken drumsticks
  • 3/4 c chipotle sauce
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1/2 tomato
  • 5-6 cloves of garlic
  • 2 t dried dill
  • 1 chilli, diced


1  Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius, fan bake.

2  Slice the red onion into large cubes, roughly dice tomato and peel garlic.

3  Place chicken drumsticks in a baking dish, place whole garlic cloves in and around chicken and cover all in chipotle sauce. Mix into garlic and chicken with fingers then place the red onion and tomato pieces around the chicken.

4  Cook for 45-60 minutes until golden, and cooked through. You can place the oven on grill for the last 5-10 minutes leaving the door ajar to crisp the chicken skin.

*Serve with wedges and a salad for a delicious, warming winter meal.

Have you tried this out? Be sure to tag me in any and all Instagram posts if you give this a go! (@lana_holla and #alannamarise) I would love to see how yours turns out!




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