Southwest Chicken Stuffed Poblano Peppers

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A Southwest Chicken Stuffed Poblano Peppers dish with so much deliciousness! In this southwest recipe, the poblano peppers are stuffed with chicken, tomatoes, rice, black beans, corn, bell peppers and cheese.

The spices such as cumin, chilli powder, oregano, and coriander combined with onions and garlic make these chicken stuffed poblano peppers exceptionally tasty.


southwest chicken stuffed poblano peppers


How did this southwest chicken stuffed poblano pepper recipe come about?

I can blame it on chicken! I had leftover two chicken breasts, and I wanted to turn the two chicken pieces into a hearty chicken dinner for four.

It has been a while since I made stuffed peppers, so I decided to turn the chicken into a southwest dish. I needed to have enough filling for eight halved poblano peppers, so I added veggies, a little rice and cheese.

what are poblano peppers?

Poblano peppers are probably one of my favourite peppers for roasting, especially when they are stuffed with flavourful filling. The peppers are mild chilli peppers native to Mexico. They are a dark green colour before they ripen to a dark red or brown colour.


poblano peppers


Once the peppers are cooked, they have a slightly smoky, a little sweet and earthy flavour. The poblano peppers are perfect when roasted because they hold shape, have a good texture and are super tasty.


southwest chicken stuffed poblano peppers


What to serve with stuffed poblano peppers?

When the stuffing is moist and well seasoned, you don’t need to add much of anything else. I like to serve the peppers with fresh lime wedges because the lime juice adds extra flavour and freshness.

I also added fresh herbs, such as cilantro. One other thing I may add is sourcream or full-fat plain yogurt. However, the southwest chicken stuffed poblano peppers are so flavourful that you don’t need to add anything else.

This naturally gluten-free dish is undoubtedly one of the easiest stuffed peppers recipes I have made. The hands on time is just minutes, and then the peppers are baked, allowing the flavours from the poblano peppers to infuse the filling and melt the cheese.


southwest chicken stuffed poblano peppers, gluten free


So, I started with two chicken breasts and made a hearty chicken dinner for four. Everyone in my family loved the stuffed poblano peppers, and there wasn’t a crumb left. A good indication of how delicious this gluten-free chicken dinner was!

Do you need more chicken dinner ideas? Check out our complete list of gluten-free chicken dinner recipes. Or, check out these Southwest Chicken Lettuce Wraps


  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 chicken breasts cut into small bite-size pieces
  • 1 tsp GF ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. GF Chili powder
  • 1 tsp. GF dried oregano leaves
  • 1/2 tsp. GF ground coriander
  • GF ground cayenne pepper to taste (optional)
  • 1 tsp Sea salt
  • 14 oz. can black beans, drain and rinsed well
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked long-grain rice
  • 4 Poblano peppers, halved lengthwise, seeds removed
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cups cheese, divided
  • Optional toppings: fresh chopped cilantro, lime wedges, full fat plain yogurt, or sour cream
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  • Using a large saucepan, cook the onions and garlic in olive oil over medium heat for about 5 minutes until the onions soften. Add chicken pieces, and cook until the chicken is no longer pink about 8 - 10 minutes. Stirring as needed. Add spices, beans, corn, tomatoes and 1/4 cup water. Mix until everything is combined, cover and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat and add rice, yogurt and 1 cup of cheese. Stir to combine
  • Fill peppers with the stuffing and place them in a 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake for 30 minutes. Enjoy!
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