Chicken Etouffe Rellenos

  • Yield: servings

Ingredients

4large poblano peppers
4large chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
1/3cup chopped poblano pepper
2cups chopped celery
1cup chopped sweet yellow onion
1cup chopped red bell pepper
1cup chopped orange bell pepper
2teaspoons garlic minced
10tablespoons butter, salted
4tablespoons all purpose flour
1teaspoon chicken bouillon
1/2teaspoon ground thyme
1/2teaspoon ground cayenne
1/2teaspoon salt
1/4teaspoon ground black pepper
3cups water
3cups cooked white rice

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place the 4 large poblano peppers on a baking sheet and bake in oven for 15 minutes at 400 degrees. Remove from oven and let cool. Once cool, make a cut down one side from just below the stem to the tip. Remove the seeds and ribs of the pepper. Set aside for stuffing.
Next, melt 4 tablespoons butter in a large skillet, Once the butter is melted add the chicken. Brown chicken for approximately 15 minutes turning to cook evenly through. Remove chicken from skillet and let cool. Once cool the chicken will need to be pulled apart into bite size pieces.
Add 2 tablespoons butter, chopped poblano, onion, celery, red and orange bell peppers, and garlic to the skillet. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Saute vegetables until soft and onions are translucent. Remove from skillet, set aside.
The roux- melt 4 tablespoons butter with 4 tablespoons flour in skillet. Cook mixture over a low heat stirring constantly until it becomes the color of a copper penny about 5-7 minutes.
Once the roux is ready return the vegetables and chicken to the skillet and stir. Slowly add 3 cups water stirring to blend. Add the chicken bouillon, thyme, cayenne, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and black pepper. Stir. Simmer for 15 minutes on low heat stirring frequently.
Place your poblano peppers in a shallow baking pan. Spoon your etouffe mix into the peppers and bake 15 minutes at 400 degrees. Serve with cooked white rice.

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