Chicken-Chile Relleno Tacos Recipe
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Chicken-Chile Relleno Tacos Recipe

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A local restaurant makes awesome charred tacos that are a lot like these. Their marinade recipe’s a secret, so I invented my own. Light the coals and have them anytime. —Denise Klibert, Shreveport, Louisiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + marinating Grill: 30 min. + standing
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + marinating Grill: 30 min. + standing
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • TACOS:
  • 4 poblano peppers
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 flour tortillas (8 inches)
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 taco: 525 calories, 29g fat (10g saturated fat), 101mg cholesterol, 931mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 3g fiber), 33g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, whisk the first six ingredients until blended; stir in cilantro and chipotles. Transfer 2/3 cup marinade to a large resealable plastic bag. Add chicken; seal bag and turn to coat. Refrigerate 8 hours or overnight. Cover and refrigerate remaining marinade for tossing with grilled chicken.
  2. Brush poblanos with 1 tablespoon oil. Grill peppers, covered, over high heat 8-10 minutes or until all sides are blistered and blackened, turning as needed. Immediately place peppers in a small bowl; let stand, covered, 20 minutes. Reduce grill temperature to medium heat.
  3. Drain chicken, discarding marinade in bag. Grill chicken, covered, over medium heat 6-8 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 170°.
  4. Peel off and discard charred skin from peppers. Cut peppers lengthwise in half; carefully remove stems and seeds. Cut chicken into slices. Warm reserved marinade; add chicken and toss to coat.
  5. To assemble, place one pepper half in center of each tortilla; top with 1/2 cup chicken and 1/4 cup cheese. Fold tortillas in half over filling. Grill, covered, on medium heat 2-3 minutes on each side or until heated through. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Chicken-Chile Relleno Tacos in Taste of Home April/May 2015, p60

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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anselr User ID: 2011539 229239
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2015

"Delicious and they have the perfect amount of kick. Will definitely make again but with chicken breasts next time. The thighs were delicious, but I like to trim fat off the meat prior to cooking and it just takes too long with thighs."

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 228605
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2015

"Purely awesome! Marinade/sauce for chicken was divine. This was a tad time consuming and have to plan ahead, however, it is worth the effort. We just made an evening of it relaxing outside while we prepared it. Served with homemade pico, lettuce, salsa, sour cream and avocado. Pairs well with margaritas."

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