Chicken with Raspberry Chipotle Sauce

I just realized I’ve been cranking out a TON of berry recipes and I have no intention of stopping! ha!  Living in frost-bite Canada, you learn to appreciate the beautiful summer produce and I want to experiment with every berry flavour possible.  So it was time to try raspberry chipotle sauce!

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 Funny enough, I’ve never had this before and I thought it was my original idea but when I googled it, I realized that it’s not all that uncommon.  This is my own take on the recipe though because we don’t want sugar or junk in our dinner.  Not sure how I missed this in the past but I’m sure glad I have it now.  Then I was chatting to my blogging friend, Linda, and she mentioned that a friend served something similar to this with pork so it’s also very versatile!

I picked up these beautiful drumsticks from Nicholyn Farms and they cooked up so beautifully.  I cooked them on a rack over a foil covered baking sheet so the clean up was a snap.  You’ll want to cook the chicken with a simple salt and pepper first and add your sauce in the last few minutes of roasting.  Prepare the sauce while the chicken is in the oven and presto – easy, healthy dinner.

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If your family eats a lot of chicken, this is a budget-friendly meal that changes up the flavour wonderfully and the kids will love this.  If you decide to make this in the cooler months, frozen raspberries will do just fine.

I’ll admit, I was a little skeptical to take the first bite – they looked delicious but raspberry and chicken?   No need for hesitation – scrumptious!   The raspberry flavour is absorbed into the skin and it tastes like a natural combo – a home run!

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You can sprinkle some sesame seeds for a nice presentation.  I had toasted sunflower seeds so added those instead.   A few little pieces of fresh basil adds a little something something as well.

Note:  I was not concerned about the raspberry seeds in the sauce but if you want, you can crush and press your berries through a food mill or sieve before adding them to the sauce while preparing it.

I will make this short and sweet because I’m off to my next berry adventure.  And I’ve picked up some cantaloupe from the farms, too! Oh, I wonder if I could combine the two for something fabulous ….

Enjoy your day, everyone.  Cheers!


Chicken with Raspberry Chipotle Sauce
Author: Robyn
  • 8 -10 chicken drumsticks
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 pints of fresh raspberries
  • 2 chipotle chiles in adobe sauce, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons adobe sauce (from bottle of chiles)
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey (raw, if you have it)
  • Fresh basil or cilantro for garnish (optional)
  • Toasted sesame seeds for garnish (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 425 F
  2. Pat chicken dry with paper towels, ensuring it’s completely dry. Generously salt and pepper and place on oil-sprayed baking rack on top of foil covered baking sheet or large casserole pan.
  3. Roast chicken for 30 minutes, check on it at 20. Use your thermometer – we want it at 185 F.
  4. While chicken is roasting make your sauce.
  5. Spray a medium sized saucepan and sauté onions and garlic for 4-5 minutes until onion is translucent.
  6. Add Raspberries, chiles, adobe sauce, lime juice and honey. Mix well and cook for 5-7 minutes on medium heat. (see note about raspberry seeds in post)
  7. When chicken is close to being done, remove from oven and baste one side generously with sauce. Return to oven and cook 2-3 minutes. Remove, turn chicken and baste again, returning to oven for an additional 2-3 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and let sit 10 minutes, tented, before serving.
  9. Top with fresh herbs and sesame seeds if desired.


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  • Reply
    Anita Rivera
    August 23, 2015 at 9:32 am

    Good morning sweet sista! Ohhhhh when you are talking berries, there is really no limit to what you can do. This looks like a winner to me! I just went outside for a walk, and our state fair just started yesterday. It’s usually HOT and humid the whole run of the fair, but yesterday and today have been COLD! I had a jacket on as I was walking out. But this does not mean we still can’t enjoy great produce. I have been eating berries all summer long, and my problem is that I pop them into my mouth one right after another before I can even use them in a recipe! And last night, we had dinner guests. I made a simple French style chicken stew with lots of mushrooms and haricots verts. Our guests brought us some UNBELIEVABLE peaches from a farm out where they live and we feasted on such whole and natural goodness. Wish you were here to enjoy it with me.

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      August 26, 2015 at 7:25 am

      I’m like you, Anita, I’m popping them into my mouth all day long, lol. Oh gosh, a chicken stew sounds amazing. Maybe I’m ready for Fall comfort foods after all.
      Sounds like you had such a fun night! Wish I was there, too 🙂
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    August 23, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    You are truly the berry queen Robyn – and lucky for us who get the recipes! This looks like something that adults and kids would both enjoy. Kids seem to love those drumsticks and who wouldn’t with that yummy berry sauce…
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      August 26, 2015 at 7:27 am

      LOL, I’ll accept that title, Mindy, because I truly am obsessed with them! I think kids love drumsticks because they get to eat with their hands 🙂
      Thanks so much for your visit and kind words!
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    Sarah Grace
    August 24, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    I LOVE anything spicy, so this is right up my alley! looks delicious!!
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    GiGi Eats
    August 25, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    Not sure how I feel about raspberries and chicken together… I will take your word for it since I cannot eat fruit… But everything yes, PLEASE PLEASE – and make it a quadruple! 😉 — as in I will eat all four drum sticks lol!
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      August 26, 2015 at 7:40 am

      It was surprisingly delicious, GiGi. I hesitated a few times before making it because I know it’s a little out there but I will make it regularly. I rarely cook drumsticks but I will more often. I had forgotten how yummy they are!
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    Bam's Kitchen
    August 25, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    The berry chicken is a home run! I will certainly be adding this to my chicken a bazillion different ways round up, if you do not mind… Gorgeous photos and such healthy stuff at the farms. I am so jealous as I go to the wet market and try to pick out something that is edible and safe to eat…and and you go to the markets and have a field day! I really wish Nicholas farms distributed world wide as there is such a high need for obtaining safe foods in HK. Loving those gorgeous photos and sharing and pinning everywhere!
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      August 26, 2015 at 7:42 am

      Thanks for including this, Bobbi! I have to admit, I’m feeling so lucky to be working with the farms. It’s changed my whole outlook and though I attempted to eat seasonally before now I am committed to it. It’s going to be interesting through the winter to see how that goes but I’m determined. I guess it’s time I learned about canning and preserving, lol.
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    Anita Rivera
    August 26, 2015 at 5:36 am

    My dear, dear friend, thank you for visiting my blog post and for sure, I CAN SEE YOUR EYES when we speak, for they must sparkle like your laughter and are sincere as your enthusiasm for what you love, for what WE BOTH LOVE!!!!!!

    Now off to school…..the season has changed and ready or not, HERE I COME!

    Tight hugs to you ! Anita

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    Anita Rivera
    August 26, 2015 at 5:37 am

    Uh oh, did my comment go through?

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    John/Kitchen Riffs
    August 26, 2015 at 11:02 am

    I love the combo of spicy with sweet. And chilies and fruit pair perfectly, don’t you think? This is a terrific looking recipe — thanks so much.
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    Old Fat Guy
    August 26, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    Nice looking drumsticks!

    The Old Fat Guy

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    August 28, 2015 at 8:36 am

    Thanks so much! I just took a quick peek at your fun blog and I’ll be popping over later today to truly enjoy it 🙂
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    August 28, 2015 at 11:24 am

    Hi Robyn,
    Your killing my hunger bone. This looks fabulous. I love chicken and this recipe looks to die for. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays Pinned & twitted.
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    Julie@ Sweet and Spicy Monkey
    August 30, 2015 at 9:47 am

    This looks and sounds amazing Robyn! I never would have thought to flavor chicken with berries, although I have used peaches. Pinning!
    p.s.- I notice you have a SumoMe hat on the right side of your page, but not the whole version. I was wondering if you experienced problems installing it? Because I did and gave up on it. I could never sign in like it said I was supposed to do.
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      August 31, 2015 at 11:23 am

      Thanks so much, Julie. I love it with peaches, too…and apricots!
      I’ve got Sumo but have a whole tech nightmare going on right now with my WP Jetpack and Mailchimp and sumo all at once, lol. I’m hoping to get it sorted out this week. I let you know what I figure out 🙂 Thanks for visiting!

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    August 31, 2015 at 8:49 am

    Good morning, sweet friend! And happy last day of August! I am scratching my head wondering where this month went…..:)

    So this recipe looks amazing! Yes, amazing! I try not to use that word because it is so overused, but when it comes to something like you and your recipes I simply have to say it {{smiles}} And I HAVE to feature this at Roses of Inspiration late today.

    Thank you for sharing and being a part of the party. Have a lovely week. Hugs!

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      August 31, 2015 at 8:57 am

      I am too, Stephanie! Where did the summer go?
      Thanks so much for the feature. I always think about you when I make chicken because I know you love it. See you later today! Hope your week is off to a great start.

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    September 1, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    Wow, these look “berry” good! I will be trying these myself! Found you featured at Roses of Inspiration! Congrats on the feature! I missed the party last week so I am catching up!

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    September 1, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    Thanks so much, Linda. Love Stephanie’s parties 🙂
    I’d love to hear what you think! Thanks for the visit!

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