Roasted poblano peppers take an ordinary can of green enchilada sauce to new heights when combined with meaty crimini mushrooms and pan-roasted chicken breasts. Leave the skin on the chicken for a crisp exterior and to create drippings to intensify the pan sauce.
Chicken With Mushrooms and Roasted Poblano Cream Sauce Recipe
4 boneless, skin-on chicken breasts
3 poblano chiles, divided: 2 roasted on grill, skin removed; 1 chile, seeds removed, sliced thinly in strips
Action Item: to roast poblano chiles, place on grill or over direct flame on stovetop and cook, turning occasionally, until well charred in spots. Remove chiles with tongs to nonreactive bowl and cover with foil or a large plate. When cool enough to touch, peel skin off chiles and proceed with recipe. Discard skin.
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
1/2 lb crimini mushrooms, stems trimmed, quartered
1 28 ounce can green chile enchilada sauce
2 T butter, divided
1 tsp Mexican oregano
1 tsp ground cumin
5 T grape seed oil, divided
1/4 cup Mexican crema
Heat 2 T grape seed oil in large skillet and brown chicken skin side down until crispy and skin releases easily from pan. Flip and brown other side. Remove chicken to clean bowl.
Add 2 T oil to skillet and 1 T butter. Brown onion, garlic and unroasted chile strips. Remove to blender and purée with enchilada sauce.
Add remaining 1 T butter and 1 T oil to skillet. Brown mushrooms until they have released their juices and the liquid has reabsorbed.
Add puréed sauce, oregano and cumin to skillet. Nestle chicken breasts and any liquids that accumulated in the bowl in sauce, being careful to leave tops of breasts sauce free. Cover, simmering for 20 minutes. Remove chicken to clean plate.
Add Mexican crema, stirring to incorporate.
Spoon sauce over chicken nestled up to mashed potatoes and a simple, steamed green vegetable for a bowl of comfort.
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