Chicken Chile Rellenos
It is a recipe that I've made for friends on several occasions; everyone loves it time and time again! The dish is spicy, but the raisins and walnuts help cut the spiciness.
I usually plate the food in the kitchen, placing one chicken chile relleno on a bed of rice on each person's plate. A tossed salad and white wine pairs beautifully with this dish!
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- 6 large
- poblano peppers (flat and well shaped with stems)
- 4 medium
- chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
- 3-4 Tbsp
- olive oil, extra virgin
- 1 clove
- garlic, chopped
- 1 large
- onion, chopped
- 1 medium
- green bell pepper, chopped
- 1 can(s)
- tomatoes, canned, chopped, and drained
- 1 Tbsp
- black pepper (or to taste)
- 1 Tbsp
- salt substitute (or to taste)
- 2 tsp
- poultry seasoning
- 1 tsp
- cayenne pepper
- 2 tsp
- 1/4 c
- cilantro, fresh, chopped
- 3/4 c
- 3/4 c
- walnuts, chopped
PREPARING POBLANO PEPPERS:
PREPARING CHICKEN FILLING:
1(NOTE: Before starting the preparation of the Chicken Chile Rellenos, begin cooking 1 3/4 to 2 cups of brown or white rice in a separate pan.)
2Wash peppers. In a large sauce pan or pot, fill 3/4 full with water and bring to a rolling boil. Place whole peppers in boiling water and blanche for 3-4 minutes on medium high heat.
3Gently remove the peppers from the boiling water using tongs and place in a lightly greased 9" x 13" pan.
4Using a serrated, sharp knife, carefully cut a T-shaped slit in each pepper, being careful to cut only the top side of the Poblano pepper.
5Use a small spoon to carefully scoop out the seeds in each pepper, being careful to not tear the pepper.
6Set peppers aside while cooking chicken mixture.
7Wash and pat dry chicken breasts. Cut chicken into 1/4" strips or pieces and cook on medium heat in 3-4 T. olive oil in a large pan or dutch oven.
8As the chicken begins to brown, add onions, garlic, bell pepper, tomatoes and seasonings. Stir occasionally to prevent ingredients from sticking to pan. Continue to cook for approximately 15 -20 minutes or until chicken is well browned.
9Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
10For chicken mixture, reduce heat to medium low and add cilantro, raisins, and walnuts. Cook an additional 5 minutes to incorporate the last 3 ingredients into the chicken mixture.
11Remove chicken mixture from heat. Use a small spoon to gently fill each Poblano pepper with the chicken mixture--being careful not to tear the peppers.
12Place stuffed Poblano peppers in oven and bake for 5-10 minutes.
13Remove peppers gently from pan placing onto a bed of (cooked) white or brown rice. (For presentation sake, I prefer to place the rice and one stuffed pepper on each person's plate prior to them being seated at the table.)