Chicken with Many Peppers

This chile pepper is often mislabeled ‘Pasilla’, which is a different pepper entirely.It is one of the most popular chiles in Mexico and has won the appreciation of many a chef worldwide because of the superior flavor it has over regular bell peppers.

They have a tough outer skin that usually requires roasting and peeling before use. These very large chile peppers are most popular in chiles rellenos recipes, but cooking with these as a substitute for bell peppers in any recipe will enhance the flavor.

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2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon minced chipotle chile in adobo (see Note)
1 teaspoon sugar
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Six 3- to 4-ounce skinless, boneless chicken thighs, lightly pounded
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 large red bell pepper, cut lengthwise into 1/3-inch strips
1 large yellow bell pepper, cut lengthwise into 1/3-inch strips
1 small green bell pepper, cut lengthwise into 1/3-inch strips
1 large poblano chile, cut lengthwise into 1/4 -inch strips
1 medium red onion, cut lengthwise into 1/3-inch strips
1/2 cup chicken stock or canned low-sodium broth
1 tablespoon unsalted butter


In a medium bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of the lime juice with the garlic, chipotle and sugar season with salt and pepper. Add the chicken and marinate for 20 minutes.

In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil until just smoking. Add the red, yellow and green bell peppers and the poblano chile and sauté over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until slightly softened and beginning to brown, about 4 minutes. Add the onion and cook until tender and all the vegetables are slightly charred, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a large plate.

Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in the skillet. Add the chicken and cook over moderately high heat until brown on the bottom, about 4 minutes. Turn the chicken, reduce the heat to moderate and cook the other side until brown, another 4 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and slice 1/2 inch thick.

Meanwhile, add the chicken stock to the skillet and simmer over moderately high heat, scraping the pan to loosen any browned bits, until slightly reduced. Strain the sauce through a fine-mesh sieve. Wipe out the skillet and return the sauce. Add the butter and remaining 1 teaspoon lime juice and swirl over moderately high heat until incorporated. Return the peppers, chicken and any juices to the sauce and heat through gently. Serve warm.

Notes Chipotle chiles in adobo are available at Latin markets and specialty food markets. Serve With Rice, warmed flour tortillas and sliced avocados.

Serves 4.

Recipe by Grace Parisi via