Believe it or not, this recipe evolved out a bunch of random leftover I had in the fridge. Yes folks, this is what leftovers look like in our house.
At least once a week, we roast a chicken for dinner, meaning leftover chicken for lunch or dinner in the foreseeable future. I make classic chile rellenos on occasion, but the battering and frying required for that recipe can be a bit much after a day at the office. And well, you know, a girl has to think of her hair-do. Frying always hangs over me like a greasy halo until I wash my hair (Too much info? Probably. Moving on…)
It seems to me that chile poblano, the classic fresh chile used in making chile rellenos, has become milder in recent years. Maybe in an effort to make them more marketable to the masses, the veggie scientist folks hybridized a lower heat level into them.
If chile poblano is still too hot for you, bell peppers are always a good substitute, although bell peppers are not roasted the way chile poblano are. Simply coat the bell pepper with a bit of vegetable oil, then roast for 3-4 minutes under a heated broiler, until it browns a bit. Wrap in towels and sweat as directed for the chile poblano. After 15 minutes, the skins should slip off easily.
And for those hot and spicy lovers out there, I added some chile piquin to the chicken stew. Tiny but fiery hot, chile piquin puts more spice in every bit. Of course, you could leave them out for a milder chile piquin, or just add one if you want spice, but not too much.
Fresh, spicy and different, you might want to remember this recipe next time you get home from work with out a clue what is for dinner, and find yourself staring down the business end of a leftover chicken.
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