Tex-Mex Chile Relleno con Queso y Pollo
-8 large Poblano Chiles
-3 Table Spoons Sonoma Farm Tex-Mex Candy Jalapenos (chopped)
-2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken
-4 oz cream cheese (1/2 a standard package)
-8 oz queso fresco or jack cheese (shredded or crumbled)
-1 teaspoon cumin
-1 teaspoon chile powder
-1 teaspoon salt
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1 cup of Sonoma Farm grape seed oil for frying
Roast and Peel each chile. If fresh chiles are unavailable you can use canned whole green chiles.
-Prepare the Filling
Boil or bake the chicken until it is cooked through. Let the chicken cool and then use forks or your fingers to pull it apart to shred it. Take two of the roasted chiles, cut the stem off and chop them up. Add the shredded chicken and the chopped chiles to a large bowl and add in the cream cheese, queso fresco, cumin, chile powder, and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and Tex-Mex Candy Jalapenos. Once the filling is made, set it aside.
Stuff the Chiles
Insert a sharp knife into the top of the chili, just under the stem and slice downward about halfway down the chile. This will create a slit along the side. Use a spoon to scrape the seeds and the white membrane out without tearing the chile flesh. Place a scoop of chicken filling inside the chili. Use your fingers to pull the chili around the filling and squeeze it slightly to seal it. Repeat with all of the remaining chiles and filling. Set aside.
Crack each egg and separate the whites into one bowl and the yolks into another. Whip the egg whites until they are stiff. Stir the egg yolks in the separate bowl with a fork and a 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Slowly pour the egg yolk mixture over the egg whites. Use a large spatula to gently fold the yolks into the whites until they are almost completely incorporated.
-Cooking the Chiles
Heat the grape seed oil in a large pan over medium high heat. Take a chili and dip it into the egg white batter, being careful to keep the chile intact and not let the filling spill out. Gently place the chili into the hot oil and let it cook until the egg white batter is golden brown. Flip the chili over and repeat with the other side. Once the chili is completely golden brown on all sides, remove it from the hot oil and place on a paper towel to drain. Repeat with all of the chiles until they are all golden brown and cooked through. Serve the chilies immediately as they will begin to get soggy as they cool.
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