You say Poblano, I say Pasilla (Pah-SEE-YA). They are one in the same, I recently discovered--at least, in California grocery stores. (I found a blogger who clears up the confusion here.) I love Mexican food, but I can't handle really a lot of spicy heat. Poblano peppers are perfect, because they are rather mild once they are cooked.
Fine Cooking." The original recipe boasts that it's a quick (and great) way to use leftover chicken. I didn't have any, and so I decided to make my own shredded chicken. I chose chicken thighs, because they are a good price. For flavor I added bay leaves, whole peppercorns and my homemade Mexican spice (you could use taco seasoning). If you have a Trader Joe's near you, I like these reduced-sodium chicken flavor concentrates (no MSG). You could use plain water, though.
I cooked one cup of brown rice, using the chicken broth. Mmmm, good. (Set aside.)
The fresh tomato sauce was the best part of this recipe, IMO. It was so good, that I wish I had doubled it-- so, take my advice!
You need fresh cilantro. If you hate cilantro, leave it out (or use parsley).
I used fresh Roma tomatoes, onion, garlic, oregano, cumin, cinnamon, and 1/2 tsp. salt ...
..and pureed it in a food processor.
Season to taste with salt. Delicious!
Divide the filling among the peppers, wrapping the sides of the peppers up and around the filling, some of which will still be exposed.
Broil the peppers until the cheese is melting and the top is beginning to brown, about 4 minutes.
Top with the remaining 1 cup cheese and broil until the cheese is completely melted, about 2 minutes.
TASTING NOTES: Because I made my own shredded chicken, this took about 2 hours to prepare. Using leftover chicken and/or rice would definitely be a time saver. On the other hand, the shredded chicken was moist and flavorful. The leftover filling for the stuffed peppers can be used to make burritos or even enchiladas. As for the tomato sauce, I would make this part of the recipe again and again. It was fresh tasting, and perfectly seasoned. The cinnamon was subtle, and the peppers weren't over-the-top hot. Love. I served this recipe with black beans. Muy Bueno. I can see making this as a vegetarian dinner, by omitting the chicken, and using black beans and rice as the stuffing. I will, definitely, make this again.