These pan-fried chiles rellenos are stuffed with a skinny chicken-and-corn filling. Serve with salsa or your favorite enchilada sauce.

Carolyn Casner
Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2012


Recipe Summary

1 hr 45 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat broiler.

  • Place peppers (or chiles) on a large baking sheet. Broil 4 to 6 inches from the heat source, turning once or twice, until the skins blacken and blister, about 10 minutes total. Transfer to a large bowl, cover with a kitchen towel and let stand until cool enough to handle.

  • Remove the blistered skin, leaving stems intact (see Tip). Make a slit lengthwise in each pepper and carefully remove the seeds. Set aside.

  • Combine chicken, corn, cheese, scallions, yogurt and 1 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Fill each roasted pepper with about 1/4 cup of the mixture. Fold the pepper over to completely enclose the filling.

  • Combine the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and flour in a shallow dish. Put egg whites in another shallow dish and beat until frothy. Dip each pepper in the flour mixture to coat on all sides, brush off any excess and then dip into the egg whites.

  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Carefully set 4 peppers into the hot oil and cook until the cheese is melted and the peppers are golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove to a platter; tent with foil (or transfer to a 250 degrees F oven) to keep warm. Repeat in 3 more batches with the remaining oil and peppers, reducing the heat as necessary to prevent overbrowning. Serve warm.


Make Ahead Tip: To make ahead: Prepare through Step 4, cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Wash your hands thoroughly after removing the skin and seeds from chile peppers or wear rubber gloves.

Nutrition Facts

344 calories; protein 23.1g; carbohydrates 23.8g; dietary fiber 2.8g; sugars 7.4g; fat 18.4g; saturated fat 6.4g; cholesterol 59mg; vitamin a iu 1544.4IU; vitamin c 221.9mg; folate 72.1mcg; calcium 254.4mg; iron 2.2mg; magnesium 59.1mg; potassium 601.3mg; sodium 677.5mg; thiamin 0.2mg.

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Rating: 4 stars
about that spice.... Forgot to mention that I added a bit of salt and pepper and some cumin to the chicken mixture. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Outstanding--easy and delicious This was so much easier than anticipated. I planned to settle into a full evening of preparation but flew through the directions. Bought a carton of egg whites instead of trying to figure out what to do with the yolks. Love that these are merely sauteed and not deep fried. Cons: Needs a bit of spice Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Good but Be Prepared to Take Awhile This took about 2 hours from start to finish so either make it ahead or make it on the weekend. They were tasty though but I definitely spiced up the filling with a bit more cumin garlic powder and chipotle chile powder. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
Went into this recipe with high hopes and so was disappointed I ended up changing pretty much everything from the chicken mixture to the method of cooking it. Read More