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Chile Rellenos con Pollo (Chicken Stuffed Poblano Peppers)

Ingredients

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  • 4 fresh chile poblano, washed
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 23 dried chile piquin
  • ¼ cup water (60ml)
  • 1 tomato, cut into chunks
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil (30ml)
  • 1 cup sliced onions (150gr)
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, sliced (25gr)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp. blanched almonds, chopped (14gr)
  • 2 tbsp. golden raisins (optional)
  • ½ cup Mexican crema (120ml)
  • ½ cup queso fresco or feta cheese, crumbled (75gr)

Instructions

  1. In order to roast and peel the chile poblano, place the whole chile on a gas flame, or under an electric broiler in the oven. Roast the chiles until they are completely blackened, but not burnt and ashy, about 5 minutes.
  2. Remove the chiles from the heat. Wrap the chiles in a clean kitchen towel, and then place in a paper bag. Allow the chiles to sweat for about 15 minutes.
  3. Remove the chiles from the bundle. Scrape the blackened skin away completely, then pierce with a knife, opening the chile lengthwise. Carefully remove the seed core, and then rinse to wash away blackened bits and seeds. Pat the chile dry with a clean towel.
  4. Meanwhile, place the tomato, water, chile piquin and garlic in the container of a blender, and puree until smooth. Set aside.
  5. Heat the vegetable oil in a 10” (25cm) skillet. Add the onions, and brown well over medium heat, about 3 minutes. Next, add the chicken, and heat for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Add the fresh tomato puree, and season with salt and pepper. Allow to simmer for 3-5 minutes. Stir in the almonds and raisins, and then remove the skillet from the heat.
  7. Divide the chicken mixture into 4 equal portions, and stuff each of the chile poblano. Place on a serving tray, and garnish with the Mexican crema and queso fresco.