Chicken Thighs with Rhubarb Chipotle Sauce


It’s the first day of Spring – and for me that means lots of asparagus, rhubarb and fresh lettuce at the farmer’s markets!  I love making rhubarb into a sweet sauce to pour over vanilla ice cream.  That’s what my mom did when I was a kid.  But I like it savory too, to put over salmon or chicken.  Here is a recipe I created a couple of years ago – Enjoy!

What you need:

  • 3 cups of fresh rhubarb
  • 3/8 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped chipotle in adobo sauce  (See note)
  • 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs

Note:  You can purchase the chipotles in adobo sauce in a can and chop them yourself or you can buy the pre-chopped in a jar.  The advantage of the jar is that you use what you need, put the lid back on and refrigerate until you need it again!

How to Do it:

Chop the rhubarb.


Boil it with the sugar and water in a saucepan until the rhubarb begins to break apart and is very soft.  Keep cooking until the liquid begins to evaporate and the consistency is like a sauce.


Add the chipotle and heat through.

Add some salt and pepper to the chicken thighs and pan sear until they are brown.  Cover and cook until they are done all the way through (still moist but not a trace of pink).

Top with the sauce and either serve as is (as I did) or you can broil it to caramelize the top.


Serves 4


About Helen Fern

I live in the upper Willamette Valley with my amazing husband and four very spoiled cats - three adopted feral cats and one shelter baby. We have lived here since the dawn of 1991 and love every inch of the region.
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11 Responses to Chicken Thighs with Rhubarb Chipotle Sauce

  1. That sounds really interesting. Got to try! Thank you for linking up to Thursday Favorite Things and we hope to see you again next week!

  2. Danielle says:

    I have never used rhubarb before, but this way looks good! Thanks for linking up with Idea Box!

  3. My family and I were introduced to rhubarb a couple of years ago through our farmer’s market, and we’ve only used it in sweet recipes. I’d love to try a savory one. Thanks for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board

  4. This sounds so good! I love rhubarb but have never actually cooked with it, it sounds delicious in this savory dish with the chipotle. I cannot wait for fresh local spring produce to arrive here in New England.

    I would love if you would come share this, and any of your other posts, at What’d You Do This Weekend? The party is open now at 🙂

  5. Brittany says:

    Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty 🙂

  6. Linda says:

    PINNED to my FOOD board. Best wishes, Linda @Crafts a la Mode

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