Spicy Chicken with Poblano Peppers and Cheese

Spicy Chicken with Poblano Peppers and Cheese Randy Mayor


  • 4 poblano chiles, halved and seeded
  • 2 cups chopped cooked chicken breast
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) reduced-fat shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup fresh corn kernels (about 2 ears)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped zucchini
  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon bottled minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup bottled salsa
  • Cooking spray
  • 3/4 cup crushed baked tortilla chips, divided


Preheat broiler.

Place poblano chile halves, skin sides up, on a foil-lined baking sheet, and flatten with hand. Broil 8 minutes or until blackened. Place peppers in a zip-top plastic bag; seal. Let stand 15 minutes. Peel and discard skins.

Reduce oven temperature to 375°.

Combine chicken and next 11 ingredients (through garlic) in a large bowl; stir in salsa, stirring until well combined.

Place poblano peppers, cut sides up, in an 11 x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray; top evenly with 1/4 cup chips. Spoon the chicken mixture evenly over chips; sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup chips. Lightly coat chips with cooking spray. Bake at 375° for 20 minutes or until cheese melts and casserole is heated through.

    This healthy Mexican-style chicken casserole features chopped cooked chicken, poblano chiles, zucchini, corn, bottled salsa, and crushed tortilla chips and is a great choice for weeknight dinners.
  • Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 2 chile halves)

Nutritional Information

Calories per serving: 331
Caloriesfromfat per serving: 30%
Fat per serving: 11.1g
Saturated fat per serving: 4.9g
Monounsaturated fat per serving: 1.5g
Polyunsaturated fat per serving: 1.5g
Protein per serving: 32.4g
Carbohydrate per serving: 25.2g
Fiber per serving: 4.2g
Cholesterol per serving: 80mg
Iron per serving: 2mg
Sodium per serving: 688mg
Calcium per serving: 256mg

Good to Know

This recipe calls for a medley of various vegetables, each boasting their own nutritional value. Eat up and get your fill of vitamin C, fiber, and whole grains.