Aug 2, 2012

Green, Green, Green

This week's theme for I Heart Cooking Clubs is "Green, Green, Green."

Maybe I should call it Peppers, Peppers, Peppers.

(Except there are only two peppers.)

This is my version of Rick Bayless's Quick-Seared Poblano Beef Tips.

(Except there's no beef.)

Bayless says that any meat can be used.  I decided that any pepper can be too and used a combo of roasted poblano & roasted banana peppers from the appetizer I posted earlier this week.  I also decided to serve the mixture in tortillas to stretch it further.

I thought this was good.  Since I used chicken instead of beef, I added most everything else by taste.  The Husband & The Boy would prefer no potatoes next time.  But I liked the potatoes.

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Poblano (and banana pepper) Chicken
based on Quick-Seared Poblano Beef Tips from Mexican Everyday by Rick Bayless

1 large poblano pepper
1 banana pepper
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 lb chicken breast, cut into chunks
1 small white onion, sliced
1/2 lb red skinned potatoes, cut into 1/2″ pieces
3 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
1/4 cup dark beer (I added to taste--and tasted a lot)
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce (also added to taste)
1/4 cup chopped parsley

Roast the peppers over an open flame, turning regularly until blackened and blistered all over, about 5 minutes. place in a plastic bag or bowl covered in plastic wrap and let cool.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, season the chicken generously with salt, then put into the hot pan, spreading into a single layer. Cook, stirring frequently, until the meat is cooked through.

Return the skillet to medium-high heat and add the onion and potatoes. Cook, stirring regularly, until the onion is richly browned, 10 to 12 minutes. Add the garlic and stir for about a minute, until aromatic. Pour in the beer and Worcestershire, sprinkle in 1/4 tsp salt, and lower the heat to medium. Let cook, stirring regularly until most of the liquid has reduced and the potatoes are tender, 10-15 minutes longer.

While the mixture is simmering, rub the blackened skin off the peppers and pull out the stems and seed pods. Cut into 1/4″ strips and add them to the skillet.

When the potatoes are tender, return the chicken to the pan and sprinkle on the parsley. When the meat has heated through, taste and add salt if necessary.


  1. This looks delicious! I would go for the potatoes too!
    Have a great weekend!

  2. I'm pretty sure that I would prefer this with chicken to beef anyhow, and I'm glad that you switched this up to suit yourself. That's what cooking and inspiration is all about.

    Have a great weekend.

  3. I've eyeballed this recipe so many times and while I'm sure that it's great with steak I do feel reluctant to experiment with steak. I think you had a great idea to change it up and use chicken. It really does look good. And, like you, I think I'd like it with the potatoes too. Potatoes are never a bad thing...

  4. Mmmm...looks yummy to me. I think I'd like the taters in it, too.

  5. Mmm! Poblanos and taters! I love it, looks delicious!

  6. "tasted a lot", you are one funny girl - roasted peppers just makes meat taste so much better and the beer certainly adds a depth of flavor to the potatoes - I think this as presented is perfect, I like the potatoes in there myself

  7. Roasted peppers always add such great flavor to whatever dish they're in!

  8. Extra potatoes in mine please! This looks delicious--great combination of flavors. ;-)


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