Honey chipotle sauce is a sweet and spicy sauce that can be used for a variety of dishes. It’s the perfect compliment for things like chicken wings, fish, ribs, and can be made in under 10 minutes.
If you are looking to add the perfect combination of sweet, smoky, and spicy to your meal, this honey chipotle sauce is for you. A blend of honey and chipotle peppers in adobo sauce is packed full of amazing flavor.
Many restaurants have their own version like Papa John’s and Chilis for honey chipotle wings. This recipe is similar in flavor but does not contain any BBQ sauce.
Are chipotle peppers in adobo sauce spicy?
Chipotle peppers are basically jalapeno peppers that are dried and smoked. They are then placed in adobo sauce which preserves the peppers.
The chipotle peppers have a similar heat level to jalapeños, which is pretty spicy. The honey, vinegar, and soy sauce help to balance the heat but this is a spicy sauce.
This easy honey chipotle sauce recipe calls for just a few simple ingredients.
Honey – Use your favorite brand of sweet honey. Honey adds a nice sweetness to the sauce.
Chipotle peppers in adobe – These usually come packaged in a can and can be found in the international aisle of the grocery store.
Garlic powder – Adds an extra punch of flavor.
Vinegar – You can use white or apple cider vinegar for this recipe.
Soy sauce – Regular or low-sodium soy sauce work well.
Lemon juice – Adds a little acidity to balance out the sauce.
How to make honey chipotle chili
Step one: Place the chipotles in adobo sauce, honey, garlic powder, soy sauce, vinegar, and lemon juice in a blender or food processor.
Step two: Mix until combined and smooth.
Step three: Pour the sauce into a small sauce pot. Heat over low heat for about 5 minutes. This helps combine the flavors.
How to serve
There are many ways to use this delicious chipotle sauce. Here are a few suggestions:
Chicken wings: One of my favorite ways to use this sauce is on wings. Try coating these delicious air fryer chicken wings, or your favorite wing recipe.
Meatballs: Use it as a glaze for meatballs or even meatloaf. Once they have cooked, spread the sauce on top of the meatballs and bake another 2-3 minutes.
Ribs: This is a wonderful glaze for BBQ ribs. Spread on the glaze as you finish cooking the ribs either in the oven or on the grill.
Fish: Spread on fish, like salmon, or shrimp.
How to store
Store: The sauce can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks.
Freeze: If you want to make extra, this honey chipotle sauce can be frozen. Let the sauce completely cool to room temperature. Place it in a freezer-safe container or freezer bag for up to 2 months. Thaw in in the refrigerator overnight to be ready to serve the next day.
- If you like a smoother sauce, strain out the jalapeno seeds through a fine mesh strainer.
- Prefer a sweeter sauce? Add 1-2 tablespoons of brown sugar to the mixture.
- Want a less spicy sauce? Only use 1-2 of the chipotle peppers in the can.
What does honey chipotle sauce taste like?
This sauce has an equal amount of spiciness, sweetness with a hint of smoky flavor. The chipotle peppers add the spice while the honey, vinegar, and soy sauce balance it out with sweet and saltiness. Made as is, this sauce is on the hotter side.
If your family prefers less spicy, only use 1-2 of the chipotle peppers into the mixture.
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Honey Chipotle Sauce
- 3/4 cup honey
- 1 7 oz. can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon white vinegar
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- Place honey, chipotles in adobo sauce, garlic powder, soy sauce, vinegar, and lemon juice in a blender or food processor.
- Blend until combined and smooth.