I can NOT go for a week without having eaten at Chipotle at least ONCE. Literally, my go-to Chipotle spot knows who I am and exactly what I’m going to order *embarrassing*. I’ve been trying for a while to replicate the chicken spices that they use because I wanted to be able to eat “Chipotle” at home and anytime. In my opinion, the spice rub below comes close to what I feel is similar to Chipotle’s chicken, but I could be wrong. Either way, it’s still a good spice rub and many people have enjoyed it!
- Chicken thighs
- 2 tbsp garlic salt
- 1 tsp paprika
- 3/4 tsp cayenne
- 1/4 tsp cumin
- Please keep in mind, these measurements are meant to provide for way more than enough to store away for future usages as well
- Take out the chicken thighs from the refrigerator 20-30 minutes prior to cooking. This allows the chicken to come to room temperature evenly. You want to do this step because if the chicken is thrown onto the pan straight from the fridge, it will cook unevenly because the center of the chicken will be colder than the edges.
- Turn on the fire to HIGH and add oil to the frying pan. (I recommend using an outdoor grill because the frying pan will result in a ton of smoke)
- Mix all the spices together.
- Add the spice rub onto both sides of the chicken thighs.
- Once the pan is hot, place one piece of chicken thigh on the pan. Don’t move the chicken for about 40 seconds, then flip to the other side for 40 seconds as well. Once each side browns, you can alternate between each side every 20-30 seconds.
- Remove the chicken from the pan, and WAIT AT LEAST 3 MINUTES to cool. This will allow the chicken to retain its water.
- Cut the chicken into cubes.
- (Optional) You can toss the little cubes back onto the pan for a second heating if you want the chicken to be more crispy.