¡Hola! I am a yummy chicken chile relleno.
When I first discovered the joy that is Mexican food, I was blown away by a little dish called chiles rellenos. While this recipe is pretty different from the real thing, it gives a slightly Mexican spin to your typical chicken dish. These baked chicken rolls are flavorful and creative, each with cheese and chile peppers nestled inside. They are also low fat (holla at the health conscious!).
I used a saucepan to pound the chicken since we don’t own a meat mallet, which created a lot of ruckus in the kitchen. Steve was so amused at this part of the cooking process, he decided to take a picture. Here I am, taking out my stress on the chicken. Hey, it’s cheaper than therapy.
Baked Chicken Chiles Rellenos
6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons cornmeal
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
1 tablespoon water
1 4-ounce can whole green chile peppers, rinsed, seeded and cut in half length-wise (6 pieces total)
2 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, cut into 6 2×1/2-inch sticks
2 tablespoons snipped fresh cilantro
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 8-ounce jar red salsa
Place a chicken breast half between 2 pieces of plastic wrap. Using the flat side of a meat mallet, pound meat lightly into a rectangle about 1/8 inch thick. Remove plastic wrap and repeat with remaining chicken breast halves. In a shallow dish combine flour, cornmeal and red pepper. Place egg and water in another shallow dish, and beat lightly to combine. For each roll, place a chile pepper half near the edge of a chicken piece. Place a stick of cheese on the chile pepper. Sprinkle with some cilantro and black pepper. Fold in on sides, and roll up, starting from the edge with the chile pepper and cheese. Secure with wooden toothpicks. Dip chicken rolls in egg mixture, and coat with cornmeal mixture. Place rolls seam side down in a shallow baking pan. Drizzle with butter. Bake uncovered in a 375 degree oven for 25-30 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Remove toothpicks, and serve warmed salsa over chicken.