Ancho Chile Chicken with Poblanos and Tomatillos


Load your sheet pan with tangy tomatillos, chicken, peppers, and onions to create a fantastic taco filling.

Ancho Chile Chicken with Poblanos and Tomatillos
Photo: Blaine Moats
Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
4 cups


  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken thighs

  • 2 tablespoon olive oil

  • 2 teaspoon ground ancho chile pepper

  • 2 poblano peppers, halved, stemmed, and seeded

  • 1 onion, quartered

  • 8 ounce fresh tomatillos, husked, rinsed and halved*

  • Kosher salt and pepper

  • 12 street taco-style flour tortillas

  • Cotija cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a 15x10-inch baking pan with foil. Coat chicken with 1 Tbsp. olive oil and the ground ancho pepper; arrange in a single layer on half the pan. Arrange poblanos, onion, and tomatillos on other half. Drizzle with 1 Tbsp. olive oil. Sprinkle chicken and vegetables with salt and black pepper. Bake, uncovered, 20 minutes or until chicken is done (170°F) and vegetables are charred.

  2. Transfer pepper halves to a large bowl; cover with foil. Transfer chicken, onion, and tomatillos to a cutting board, reserving juices in pan. Chop onion and tomatillos. Slice chicken. Peel and chop peppers (discard skin). Return all to pan; toss to combine. Serve in tortillas. If desired, top with Cotija or feta cheese. Serves 6.


If fresh tomatillos aren't available, substitute six canned tomatillos. Omit the roasting; chop the tomatillos and add them to the chicken mixture immediately before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

317 Calories
14g Fat
26g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 317
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 81mg 27%
Sodium 525mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 104.3mg 522%
Calcium 164mg 13%
Iron 3.3mg 18%
Potassium 410mg 9%
Folate, total 18.5mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.5mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.4mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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