Pollo Relleno


These chicken rolls each have cheese-stuffed chili pepper inside. They are a fanciful chicken recipe to serve when entertaining.

Pollo Relleno
Bake Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
45 mins


  • 6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (about 1-1/2 pounds total)

  • cup cornmeal

  • ½ 1.25 ounce package (2 tablespoons) taco seasoning mix

  • 1 egg

  • 1 4 ounce can whole green chili peppers, rinsed, seeded, and cut in half lengthwise (6 pieces total)

  • 2 ounce Monterey Jack cheese, cut into six 2x1/2-inch sticks

  • 2 tablespoon snipped fresh cilantro or fresh parsley

  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 1 8 ounce jar taco sauce or salsa

  • ½ cup shredded Monterey Jack or cheddar cheese (optional)

  • Fresh cilantro sprigs (optional)


  1. Place each chicken breast half between 2 pieces of plastic wrap. Pound lightly into a rectangle about 1/8 inch thick. Remove plastic wrap.

  2. In a bowl combine cornmeal and taco seasoning mix. Place egg in another bowl; beat lightly.

  3. For each roll, place a chili pepper half on a chicken piece. Place a cheese stick atop chili pepper near an edge. Sprinkle with some of the cilantro or parsley, black pepper, and red pepper. Fold in sides; roll up jelly-roll style, starting from edge with cheese .

  4. Dip rolls into egg and coat with cornmeal mixture. Place rolls, seam sides down, in a shallow baking pan. Bake, uncovered, in a 375 degree F oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Heat taco sauce. If desired, sprinkle chicken with shredded cheese. Serve with taco sauce or salsa. If desired, garnish with cilantro sprigs. Makes 6 servings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

235 Calories
10g Fat
13g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 235
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 103mg 34%
Sodium 769mg 33%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Protein 28g
Vitamin C 20.1mg 101%
Calcium 101mg 8%
Iron 2.3mg 13%

*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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