Honey Garlic Chipotle Chicken Recipe

Take your Meal Outdoors + Honey Garlic Chipotle Chicken Recipe

Grilling, BBQ, cookout, picnic…whatever you like to call it, eating outdoors in the summer is a perfect way to enjoy nature while spending time with family and friends. Celebrate National picnic month by taking your meal outside for a fun meal everyone can enjoy. From hamburgers and BBQ chicken, to grilled veggies and salads, to watermelon and pineapple the options are endless when it comes to creating the perfect outdoor meal.

Food safety tips when eating outside this summer:

Time & temperature

  • Keep hot food above 140°F
  • Keep cold foods below 40°F
  • Perishable food items should not be left out more than 2 hours at room temperature. If it is warmer than 90°F, do not keep perishable items out longer than 1 hour.

Check temps with a food thermometer

  • The only way to ensure food is safely cooked is to measure the internal temperature before removing food from the heat source.
  • 145°F – Beef, pork, veal and lamb steaks, chops, and roasts, and fish or shellfish
  • 160°F – Ground beef, pork, veal and lamb, and eggs
  • 165°F – chicken and turkey breasts, legs, thighs, wings, ground or whole

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Use different coolers for drinks and perishable food items

  • Store perishable foods in a separate cooler from drinks to reduce frequency of opening and increasing temperature inside the cooler.

Avoid cross-contamination

  • Use clean platters and utensils for cooked food. Do not reuse ones used for raw meats.
  • If individuals with allergens are present, ensure food safety by designating bowls, platters, and serving utensils as allergen-free and do not use for any other foods.

Out of the box inspiration:

  • Think beyond burgers and hotdogs, try plant-based proteins or other foods you typically wouldn’t grill
    • Portobello mushroom ‘burgers’
    • Pesto & mozzarella pizza
    • Grilled fish tacos
  • Try untraditional picnic salads
    • Caprese salad
    • Watermelon and avocado salad
    • Bean salad
  • Marinate and grill your vegetables for a new flavor dimension
    • Balsamic zucchini sticks
    • Grilled romaine lettuce
    • Mexican street corn
  • Fire up your dessert
    • Grilled pineapple rings
    • Peach halves with ice cream
  • Choose heat-friendly dips
    • Salsa
    • Pesto
    • Guacamole
    • Hummus

Want to look like a rock star at your next social get-together and/or outdoor picnic? Bring Honey Garlic Chipotle Chicken – this tasty recipe is courtesy of Performance Health & Fitness member, Kelly Potter (thank you Kelly!). Pro Tip: bring the chicken to your outing marinated and ready for the grill master, or cook in advance and cut into easy to share chunks.

HONEY GARLIC CHIPOTLE CHICKEN

serves 4

  • 4 oz chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 16 oz of chicken breast (or try with chicken thighs, drumsticks or wings)
  • (optional / garnish) all natural peanut butter

Blend all ingredients until smooth. Marinate chicken for at least 30 minutes, but preferably overnight. Grill until cooked thoroughly. Feeling adventurous? Try drizzling peanut butter on the chicken once cooked (shown in the photo).


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About Ashley Pearson, Registered Dietitian

Ashley Pearson, Registered DietitianAshley has been passionate about nutrition and physical activity since high school, where she developed her love for running and nutrition. Ashley has completed multiple marathons, and other road races, and understands how to properly fuel the body before, during, and after a workout, race, or game to maximize performance.

Ashley has had a variety of experiences from the food industry, to sports nutrition, to inpatient care. Prior to joining the Performance team, she spent 5 years in the Chicago area specializing in weight management, and medical nutrition therapy for chronic diseases.

In her free time, Ashley enjoys spending time with her husband and daughters, as well as running, cooking, and traveling.

Tom P

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About Ashley Pearson, Registered Dietitian

Ashley Pearson, Registered DietitianAshley has been passionate about nutrition and physical activity since high school, where she developed her love for running and nutrition. Ashley has completed multiple marathons, and other road races, and understands how to properly fuel the body before, during, and after a workout, race, or game to maximize performance.

Ashley has had a variety of experiences from the food industry, to sports nutrition, to inpatient care. Prior to joining the Performance team, she spent 5 years in the Chicago area specializing in weight management, and medical nutrition therapy for chronic diseases.

In her free time, Ashley enjoys spending time with her husband and daughters, as well as running, cooking, and traveling.

Kim C

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About Ashley Pearson, Registered Dietitian

Ashley Pearson, Registered DietitianAshley has been passionate about nutrition and physical activity since high school, where she developed her love for running and nutrition. Ashley has completed multiple marathons, and other road races, and understands how to properly fuel the body before, during, and after a workout, race, or game to maximize performance.

Ashley has had a variety of experiences from the food industry, to sports nutrition, to inpatient care. Prior to joining the Performance team, she spent 5 years in the Chicago area specializing in weight management, and medical nutrition therapy for chronic diseases.

In her free time, Ashley enjoys spending time with her husband and daughters, as well as running, cooking, and traveling.

Seth D

Performance Fitness Member

Under the guidance of trainers, I have been able to decrease my 5K time from 28 minutes to under 20 minutes in just 2 years.  I have also lost 30 pounds while increasing strength, endurance and power.*

About Ashley Pearson, Registered Dietitian

Ashley Pearson, Registered DietitianAshley has been passionate about nutrition and physical activity since high school, where she developed her love for running and nutrition. Ashley has completed multiple marathons, and other road races, and understands how to properly fuel the body before, during, and after a workout, race, or game to maximize performance.

Ashley has had a variety of experiences from the food industry, to sports nutrition, to inpatient care. Prior to joining the Performance team, she spent 5 years in the Chicago area specializing in weight management, and medical nutrition therapy for chronic diseases.

In her free time, Ashley enjoys spending time with her husband and daughters, as well as running, cooking, and traveling.

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Training over the last few years at Performance has been the best health decision I have ever made.  Leslie, my current trainer, keeps me on track to stay fit and strong, makes our sessions interesting and challenging, and is always positive, even when I have setbacks.*

About Ashley Pearson, Registered Dietitian

Ashley Pearson, Registered DietitianAshley has been passionate about nutrition and physical activity since high school, where she developed her love for running and nutrition. Ashley has completed multiple marathons, and other road races, and understands how to properly fuel the body before, during, and after a workout, race, or game to maximize performance.

Ashley has had a variety of experiences from the food industry, to sports nutrition, to inpatient care. Prior to joining the Performance team, she spent 5 years in the Chicago area specializing in weight management, and medical nutrition therapy for chronic diseases.

In her free time, Ashley enjoys spending time with her husband and daughters, as well as running, cooking, and traveling.

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Barry C

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About Ashley Pearson, Registered Dietitian

Ashley Pearson, Registered DietitianAshley has been passionate about nutrition and physical activity since high school, where she developed her love for running and nutrition. Ashley has completed multiple marathons, and other road races, and understands how to properly fuel the body before, during, and after a workout, race, or game to maximize performance.

Ashley has had a variety of experiences from the food industry, to sports nutrition, to inpatient care. Prior to joining the Performance team, she spent 5 years in the Chicago area specializing in weight management, and medical nutrition therapy for chronic diseases.

In her free time, Ashley enjoys spending time with her husband and daughters, as well as running, cooking, and traveling.

Pat S

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“I’m retired and enjoy a full, active life. This is due, in no small part, to the time I spend at Performance. The group classes provide a great workout and lots of variety. Plus, a fun way to meet new friends!”*

About Ashley Pearson, Registered Dietitian

Ashley Pearson, Registered DietitianAshley has been passionate about nutrition and physical activity since high school, where she developed her love for running and nutrition. Ashley has completed multiple marathons, and other road races, and understands how to properly fuel the body before, during, and after a workout, race, or game to maximize performance.

Ashley has had a variety of experiences from the food industry, to sports nutrition, to inpatient care. Prior to joining the Performance team, she spent 5 years in the Chicago area specializing in weight management, and medical nutrition therapy for chronic diseases.

In her free time, Ashley enjoys spending time with her husband and daughters, as well as running, cooking, and traveling.

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