Chicken Chile Rellenos
We have adapted this a bit from the original recipe in the excellent cookbook, Reata: Legendary Texas Cuisine.
Chicken Chile Rellenos
For the Ancho Chile SauceRinse the ancho chile peppers under cold running water, making sure all the seeds are removed. Place the peppers, garlic, cumin and honey in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Add the water and cook over medium heat for 18 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove the pot from the heat and add the diced tomato. Let the mixture cool thoroughly. It should be fairly thick. When thoroughly cooled, place in a food processor or blender, and purée until fairly smooth.
Strain the liquid through a mesh strainer to remove any remaining pulp or seeds, pressing down on the mixture in the strainer to get as much liquid as possible. Place the drained liquid in a saucepan and bring to a full boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and let the mixture cool thoroughly.
While the mixture is cooling, prepare the poblanos.
Roasted Poblano Peppers
Peel off the first layer of skin from each pepper. Slit the peppers lengthwise, remove the stems, and rinse under cold water to remove the seeds. Set aside. reserve.
Stuffing the PoblanosPreheat the oven to 350°F.
In a large bowl, combine the cheeses and thoroughly mix. In another large bowl, add the diced tomatoes and shredded chicken, and thoroughly combine. Add the Ancho Chile Sauce to the chicken and tomatoes and mix until all the ingredients are well combined.
Carefully fill each pepper with about 1 cup of the chicken-tomato-chile mixture. Top each stuffed pepper with 1/2 cup of the blended cheeses. Place each stuffed pepper, cheese-side up, in a large baking dish sprayed with cooking spray. Bake in preheated oven for about 20 minutes, or until the cheese topping is melted and beginning to bubble.
Serve one or two rellenos per person. Drizzle with one to two tablespoons of crema fresca or
Serve with beans and guacamole.
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