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Chili Chicken Rellenos at Estia's Little Kitchen

Serves 4


  • 1 3.5 lb chicken, roast, remove all meat in advance
  • 4 poblano peppers, medium size
  • 2 x large eggs
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 small Spanish onions, diced fine
  • 3 tablespoons chipotle with adobo
  • 1 cup shredded jack cheese
  • 2 cups queso fresco, cubed
  • Salt & pepper
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups brown rice
  • 12 oz Lange Pinot Gris
  • 2 tablespoons saffron
  • 36 oz chicken stock


If cooking this outdoors or river side: You’ll need a large cast iron skillet with a top.

Start by roasting a chicken in advance, or purchase a roasted bird at the store. Chill, remove all meat and make stock with the bones.

Dice the carrots and onions in advance and store in ziplock bags.

Once on site, build a fire and allow it to burn down a bit prior to getting started. Mix the saffron and wine, allow the mixture to bloom for an hour or so.

Place your skillet above the flame, add vegetable oil, then the carrots & onions. Once soft, remove half of the vegetable mix into a bowl, place the rice in the skillet with remaining aromatics and stir. Now add the saffron wine, cover the skillet and remove from flame to a warm spot.

Now slice a zipper alongside each of the poblanos and remove as many seeds as you can. Combine the eggs, chicken, adobo and cheese in the bowl and season with salt and pepper. Stuff the peppers to the max.

Now return the rice to the flame and stir in chicken stock, and a shake of salt, place the stuffed peppers on top and cover.

After a few minutes open the top and check, if rice has absorbed all liquid, add a cup of water. Remove from direct heat and finish on a warm side over coals.

Leave covered and bring to the table to serve after cooking for at least 30 minutes. The trick is to cook but not burn the bottom.

Serve with a simple salad and toasted bread.

Chili Chicken Rellenos cooked with saffron infused wine

Stuffing the poblano peppers with delicious chicken mixture

Chili chicken rellenos ready for plating, the hot cast iron pan is resting on a perfectly flat stone in the fire pit

Plating the rellenos

Plating the dish: salad, rice, rellenos

Enjoying the finishe meal alongside the Deschutes River

Chili Chicken Rellenos go well with wine from the Lange Vineyards

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