You’re going to love this quick, easy, flavorful and healthier non-fried version of chili rellenos. You’ll need a pressure cooker (although you could poach the chicken instead to make it shreddable) and oven/broiler. Recipe is for 2 but you could easily adapt it for 4; cooking time would be the same. I actually got 2 stuffed peppers out of the chicken, plus some left over for a chicken quesadilla for lunch the next day. Thanks for reading, my friends! Until next time, take care and eat well!
Chili Lime Chicken Chili Rellenos
A full of flavor, healthier, non-fried version of chili rellenos
2 poblano peppers
2 medium chicken breasts, cut into cutlets if they are >1” thick
¼ to ½ medium to large yellow or sweet onion, sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
Cumin, chili powder, smoked paprika, cayenne, salt, black pepper to taste
1 lime, juiced
Shredded cheese; I used a “Mexican” blend, but any melty cheese you like would work
- Char poblanos on a gas burner or in an oven, set aside to steam for 15 minutes. Remove charred skin and slice open enough to remove any seeds and then later stuff. Here is a post about roasting peppers of any kind.
- Put sliced onion and minced garlic in Instant Pot (or other brand pressure cooker).
- Place chicken on top of the onion and garlic.
- Season chicken with spices and salt and pepper to taste. I didn’t measure, I just made sure they had a nice coating of all the seasonings.
- Add juice of 1 lime (trust me, this is all the liquid you’ll need).
- Cook chicken in pressure cooker on high for 6 minutes, natural release for 5 minutes, then immediate release.
- Shred chicken either in the pot, or remove from pot to shred then add back into the juices in the pot.
- Stuff peppers with the shredded chicken and onions.
- Top with shredded cheese of your choice and broil at medium for ~5 minutes (if you have that setting available, otherwise I’d suggest high but for a shorter time) until cheese is melty/bubbly.
Serving Suggestions Cheese quesadillas, Mexican street corn (I LOVE this healthy Mexican street corn salad), chips and salsa and/or guacamole, beans and rice, etc.