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Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Stuffed Poblano Peppers are zesty, cheesy and packed with all of our favorite flavors! Chunks of tender chicken breast, corn, bell pepper, and loads of herbs and spices are stuffed into mild, roasted poblano peppers. Serve with a generous amount of our homemade mole sauce and tuck in- you’re about to enjoy one incredibly delicious meal!

Baked poblano stuffed pepper on a puddle of mole sauce

There is a whole lot to love in this Mexican-inspired dish. We’ve combined flavorful aromatics with chicken and cheese (of course there’s cheese!) and taken it up a notch with mole sauce.

If you’ve never made authentic mole sauce, it’s worth every effort. It’s a flavorful, multi-purpose sauce that you’ll want to enjoy for breakfast on your eggs, in our chicken mole enchiladas, or slathered on crunchy chimichangas.

There’s no wrong way to enjoy mole sauce and we’ve discovered that it also makes the perfect accompaniment to these stuffed poblano peppers with cheese.

Why this Recipe Works

Stuffed poblano peppers are easy to make and are a well-rounded meal!

The poblano peppers make a delicious vessel for all of that goodness. Their mild flavor mellows even more when roasted. The chicken, veggies, herbs, and cheese bake until hot and bubbly. Serve each one on top of a puddle of homemade mole sauce for a truly comforting, Tex-Mex-style dinner.

Our stuffed poblano peppers recipe is:

  • cheesy and comforting
  • a meal in itself
  • no-fuss, with only 30 minutes of prep time before they’re oven-ready
  • packed with flavor
4 servings of chicken stuffed poblano peppers, mole sauce in a jar

The Ingredient List

Zesty, stuffed poblano peppers are easy enough for weeknights and make great leftovers, too.

You will need:

  • Poblano peppers, large
  • Onion
  • Garlic cloves
  • Panko breadcrumbs
  • Chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • Red bell pepper
  • Frozen whole kernel corn, thawed
  • Canned adobo chipotle pepper, mashed (optional, but it adds a great flavor and kick!)
  • Fresh cilantro (for the stuffed poblano pepper filling and garnish)
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Chili powder
  • Ground cumin
  • Monterey cheese, shredded
  • Egg, lightly whisked
  • Olive oil

Let’s Make Stuffed Poblano Peppers

When buying poblano peppers to stuff, choose large peppers and make sure they’re each about the same size. That way, they’ll bake evenly.

Here’s a quick rundown of our stuffed poblano peppers recipe. For the full recipe, including ingredient amounts and all of the details, scroll to the bottom of the page and view the recipe card.

  1. Prepare the poblano peppers: Wash the peppers and dry them with a paper towel. Slice a triangle-shaped opening out of the side of the peppers, starting about 1 inch below the stem. Lift it out and dice them, then set those diced sections aside. Scoop out the pepper seeds and membranes. Refer to the process photos below to see how we prepped the peppers.
  2. Make the filling: Combine the grated onion, minced garlic and breadcrumbs, and let it sit for a few minutes. Add the chopped poblanos and stir in the rest of the filling ingredients.
  3. Fill the poblano peppers: Spoon the mixture into the prepared poblanos and top each one with a tablespoon of cheese. Place the stuffed poblanos on the sheet pan and roast.
  4. Serve: Transfer the stuffed poblano peppers to a serving platter. Top with your favorite salsa or serve with our homemade mole sauce.
college showing how to prepare chicken stuffed poblano peppers
Sheet pan with stuffed poblano peppers
poblano pepper, mole sauce on a plate. Mole sauce in background

Tips for Making Stuffed Poblano Peppers

  • Poblano peppers are fairly mild but the seeds and membrane pack some heat, which is why we prefer removing them. An appetizer spoon works well for this.
  • When filling the peppers, use a teaspoon or your fingers to press the filling into the inside creases.
  • The peppers may not sit entirely level due to their shape, but you can place crumpled up pieces of foil to support them and prop them up when needed.
  • Substitutions for the Monterey cheese include Cheddar, Monterey Jack, or Mozzarella.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have to peel poblanos before stuffing?

No. During the bake time, the skin will separate slightly from the pepper but it’s not necessary to peel them.

Do poblano peppers get milder when cooked?

Yes, the stuffed poblano peppers will mellow while roasting and take on a slightly sweet flavor.

How long will leftovers keep?

This recipe makes four stuffed poblano peppers. You can store leftovers in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

A bite of chicken stuffed poblano pepper

What to Serve with Stuffed Poblano Peppers

These are a meal in itself, but you can’t go wrong with a few sides either, especially if you’re looking to prepare a feast! Here are some tasty recipes you’ll enjoy:

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Baked poblano stuffed pepper on a puddle of mole sauce

Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Yield: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

These zesty Stuffed Poblano Peppers are a meal in itself! The are stuffed with chunks of tender chicken breast, corn, red bell pepper, spices, herbs and cheese. A homemade mole sauce is the perfect accompaniment.

Ingredients

  • 4 large Poblano peppers
  • 1/2 medium onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced or grated
  • 1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1-1/4 pound chicken breast, cut into bite size
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup frozen whole kernel corn, thawed
  • 1 canned adobo chipotle pepper, mashed (optional)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded Monterey cheese, divided
  • 1 large whole egg, lightly whisked
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Cilantro sprigs for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F and line a sheet pan with parchment paper.

Prepare the Poblanos:

  1. Wash the peppers and wipe them dry with a paper towel. Begin about 1-inch below the stem and slice a triangle-shaped opening out of the side of the peppers. 
  2. Lift out the triangle portion of the peppers and dice them. Set the diced sections aside.  Scoop out the seeds and membranes inside the peppers.   

Make the Filling

  1. Grate the onion into a large bowl. Add the minced garlic and the breadcrumbs.  Stir to combine and let sit for a few minutes so the breadcrumbs absorb the juices from the grated onion.
  2. Add the chopped sections of the poblanos to the breadcrumbs. Stir in the diced chicken, red bell pepper, corn, chipotle (if using), cilantro, seasonings, 1-1/2 cups of cheese and the egg.
  3. Spoon the mixture into the prepared Poblanos. Pack the filling down with a spoon and heap some of the filling on top.  
  4. Add a tablespoon of the remaining cheese to the tops of each poblano.  Brush the top of each with olive oil and add a tablespoon of the remaining cheese. Place the peppers on the prepared sheet pan.
  5. Transfer to the oven and roast for 35-45 minutes until the Poblanos are lightly charred and the center of the filling reaches an internal temperature of 155°F.
  6. Remove from the oven and transfer to a serving platter. Serve with homemade mole sauce or your favorite salsa.

Notes

  • When buying poblano peppers select them all in the same size so they bake equally.
  • Poblano peppers are fairly mild but the seeds and membrane pack a little heat. An appetizer spoon works well to remove them.
  • Use a teaspoon or your fingers to press the filling into the inside creases and folds of the peppers.
  • The peppers may not sit level due to their wonky shape but crumpled foil place alongside or beneath will support them in a level position.
  • Other options for cheese would be Cheddar, Monterey Jack or Mozzarella.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1181Total Fat: 45gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 487mgSodium: 1127mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 4gSugar: 6gProtein: 162g

Nutrition information is a guideline only, is calculated automatically by third-party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.

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angiesrecipes

Saturday 19th of February 2022

A great combo of flavours! I love that mole sauce too.

Pat Nyswonger

Saturday 19th of February 2022

Thanks, Angie...The mole sauce has just the right amount of zing for my taste buds!

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