A zesty appetizer using the wonderful flavor of the Poblano Pepper. Filled with fajita chicken, Texas Brew Honey Roasted Chipotle Salsa, topped with cheese, you have an appetizer the whole family will love. You can also add more stuffing and serve them as a main course. They are that good!
Recipe by Brenda Craig, Texas Brew Products
1 cup Texas Brew Honey Roasted Chipotle Salsa, (Mild Or Your Heat Preference)
½ cup water
1½ lb. pre-cooked chicken fajita meat (or 8 of your own grilled/sautéed chicken tenders cooked with fajita seasoning)
6 Full & Plump Poblano Peppers, halved and seeded (see tip below, preserve ring tops)
1 15 oz. can of small diced tomatoes or fire roasted tomatoes which you may dice smaller
3/4 cup Red or sweet onion
2/3 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (can substitute Mexican Blend Cheese)
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese or Co Jack
Option One: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Half and seed poblano peppers. Place poblano peppers, skin side up, onto a large foil-lined baking sheet. Roast for 20 minutes or until slightly charred. I like mine deeply charred. If you like to remove the skin (I don’t) remove peppers from oven and fold up foil around peppers and let stand 10 to 15 minutes. If desired, unwrap and remove skin. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees.
Option Two: Preheat gas grill, half and seed poblano peppers and place on grill skin side down until slightly charred. I like them deeply charred. Remove and place on a foil lined baking sheet. If you like to remove the skin (I don’t) fold up foil around peppers and let stand 10 to 15 minutes. If desired, unwrap and remove skin. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Suggestion: Preserve top rings of peppers when you cut them off to divide and grill or roast. Cut up and add to stuffing when you sauté onions.
1. Prepare roasted poblano. Place on a foil lined pan and fine chop poblano roasted ring tops if you chose to use them.
2. Fine chop or shred fajita chicken.
3. In a large skillet sauté chopped chicken, chopped onions, chopped poblano rings in olive oil until onions are translucent.
4. Add diced/roasted tomatoes, cilantro, salsa, water and gently simmer until liquid is completely reduced.
5. Stir in mozzarella or Mexican style cheese.
6. Spoon chicken stuffing onto roasted poblano pepper halves, dividing evenly. Don’t be afraid to pile it on.
7. Top with shredded cheddar or Co Jack cheese.
8. Bake in 350 degree pre-heated oven for 15 minutes or until cheese is good and melted.
9. If desired, top with any of the suggested garnishes and serve hot.
Garnishes: Chopped green onion, black olives, sour cream, guacamole, cilantro sprigs (optional).
Note: Chile peppers contain volatile oils that can burn your skin or eyes. Avoid direct contact with chilies as much as possible. It is best to use plastic gloves when handling chile peppers and wash hands afterwards.
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