Chile rellenos is one of our favorite Mexican treats, and one we feel gets short shrift among the various tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and quesadillas that constitute what Americans think of as Mexican. This dish takes the poblano pepper and cheese elements of chile rellenos, turns them inside-out, and places them atop a chicken breast. Mashed carrot and butternut squash provide the sweet-spicy side, balancing out a South of the Border reimagining that honors the original while taking it to a whole new level.
Peel, trim, and cut carrot into ¼" pieces.
Stem poblano pepper, seed, remove ribs, and cut into ¼" dice.
Stem and mince cilantro.
Pat chicken breasts dry, and season on both sides with ¼ tsp. salt and a pinch of pepper.
Start Mash and Make Topping
Bring a medium pot with carrot and butternut squash covered with water to a boil. Boil until tender, 7-10 minutes.
While vegetables boil, place a medium oven-safe non-stick pan over medium heat. Add 1 tsp. olive oil, poblano, and half the garlic (reserve remaining for mash) to hot pan. Stir occasionally until lightly charred, 1-2 minutes.
Transfer to a mixing bowl. Add cheese, ¼ tsp. salt, and a pinch of pepper to bowl and thoroughly combine. Set aside.
Wipe pan clean and reserve.
Sear and Smother the Chicken
Return pan used to cook topping to medium-high heat.
Add 1 tsp. olive oil and chicken breasts to hot pan. Cook undisturbed until golden brown, 2-3 minutes.
Flip, and smother chicken breasts with topping. Place pan in hot oven and roast until cheese melts and chicken reaches a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees, 8-10 minutes.
After removing pan from oven, wrap a dry towel around handle as a reminder that it's very hot.
While chicken roasts, mash vegetables.
Finish the Mash
Drain carrot and butternut squash in a colander and return to pot.
Add butter, remaining garlic, half the chipotle powder (to taste), and a pinch of cilantro (reserve remaining for garnish). Mash until desired consistency is reached. Taste, and add remaining chipotle powder if desired.
Season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cover and set aside.
Finish the Dish
Plate dish as pictured on front of card, garnishing vegetable mash with remaining cilantro. Bon appétit!