Chipotle Chicken and Sausage in a Skillet

Dinners that can be prepared one step at a time in a big skillet are a big go-to in my kitchen.  What are they called again?  Oh yeah, skillet meals.  They make weeknight meals so simple.
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I’m always on the look-out for recipes that can be turned into a skillet meal, too, and this chipotle chicken from G’Day Soufflé was perfect for that.  Just the thought of smoky chipotles and chorizo, along with braised chicken was enough to convince me.  But what really sold me was the unsweetened chocolate in the background that ties it all together.

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You might be thinking that this crazy girl mixed up her dinner recipe with dessert.  But trust me on this.  It totally works.  Once most of the sauce comes together, it is perfectly acceptable on its own.  But after the chocolate is added, magic happens.  Within just a couple minutes, the color of the sauce turns deeper, and so does the flavor.  You want to try this.

Chipotle Chicken and Sausage Skillet Meal
Serves 3-4

  • 2 skinless boneless chicken breasts, sliced into 1-inch pieces
  • ½ pound Italian turkey sausage, casings removed (either sweet or spicy will work)
  • ½ medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, finely chopped
  • 1 15-oz. can diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1 cup roasted red peppers from a jar, chopped into 1-inch pieces (I like these.)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate bar, chopped
  • Salt to taste

Suggested garnishes: avocado pieces, tomato, diced green onions, sour cream, shredded cheese, and cilantro

  1. Heat a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat for two minutes, and add 1-2 tablespoons light olive oil.  Swirl the oil around in the pan, and add chicken pieces to the pan.  Try to arrange the chicken so it’s spread out as much as possible.  Let it cook a couple minutes without stirring.  Season with just a bit of kosher salt and black pepper, and stir the chicken.  Cook while stirring occasionally until the chicken is slightly pink.
  2. Turn the heat down to medium and add the sausage to the skillet, stirring and breaking into ½-inch pieces.  If it starts to stick, add a bit more oil.  When the chicken and sausage are just cooked through, add the chopped onion and stir.  As everything is just starting to caramelize, make a space in the center of your skillet with the spoon and add the garlic and chiles without stirring for 30 seconds.  Quickly stir them into the mixture.
  3. Add the tomatoes, roasted peppers, and broth.  Stir it all together while bringing up the browned parts from the bottom of the pan.  Bring the mixture to a slight simmer and reduce the heat to medium low.  Let it simmer for about 5 minutes, and stir in half of the chopped chocolate.  Taste the sauce and add the remaining chocolate to taste.
  4. It’s ready to serve at this point, but I like to let it simmer, covered, on low for about 20 minutes to allow the flavors to develop.  Serve over cooked rice with any toppings you like.

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Recipe adapted from G’Day Souffle



  1. That sounds and looks really, really good! And it doesn’t sound too hard. I’ve never bought “chipotle chiles in adobo sauce” and have skipped it when I see it in recipes or added a little cayenne pepper instead. Do you buy these in a can or do they come in a glass jar so you can use a little at a time? 🙂

    • Thank you! It really is so good and is easy to make. I have only been able to find the chipotle chiles in a can, which means there are always a few chiles left over. I’ve seen tips online for saving the rest, like spreading out on wax paper and freezing (like berries), then storing in a freezer bag. I’m a slacker and end up just tossing what i don’t use. One thing to remember when working with them is to not touch them directly. You’ll be so sad if you rub your eyes even hours later. I actually use latex gloves when cutting them. But definitely don’t skip them, they have so much flavor. 🙂

  2. Thanks, Nicole, for doing an adaptation of my Chipotle Chicken recipe. I see that you used chicken breasts instead of chicken thighs, and substituted turkey sausage for my spicy Mexican Chorizo. It would be interesting to taste the difference with your recipe. Cheers!

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