Sunday, June 15, 2014

Smothered Green Chile Pepper Chicken

      For all you chile-cheese lovin' camp cooks, this recipe from Cooking Light is easy to prepare yet good enough to make for company.  Arrange the chicken thighs in your dutch oven, sprinkle with fresh lime juice and taco seasoning then cover with canned chiles and bake.  I followed the original recipe by using mozzarella cheese but any one of your favorite varieties would also be good.  This could easily be made with boneless, skinless chicken breasts as well.  In my 10 inch dutch oven, the chicken baked for 35 minutes with 10 coals in a ring around the base of the oven and 22 briquettes on the lid.  Just a tip, the 4 ounce cans of whole chiles only have three in each one so you may need to buy three small cans or cut them in half like I did.  Serve with salsa, a spoonful of sour cream, a wedge of fresh lime and enjoy!

Smothered Green Chile Pepper Chicken
8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
Juice of 2-3 limes
3 Tblsp taco seasoning
8 canned whole green chiles, drained
1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

     Lightly oil or spray dutch oven.
     Arrange chicken thighs in dutch oven.
     Squeeze lime juice evenly over chicken.
     Sprinkle liberally with taco seasoning.
     Slice chiles lengthwise, cutting to, but not through, other side; open flat.
     Place one chile over each chicken thigh.
     Bake at 400 degrees for 35-40 minutes.
     Sprinkle cheese evenly over chiles and chicken.
     Bake for an additional 5 minutes or until cheese has melted.
     Makes 4 servings.

Sprinkle chicken thighs with fresh lime juice and taco
seasoning then top with whole chile

Bake at 400 degrees for 35-40 minutes before adding cheese

Continue baking until cheese has melted

Muy delicioso


  1. Another dish on my ToDo list . . .
    Thank you for sharing.

  2. My wife surprised me tonight when I got home and had made this in the legless DO in the oven. It turned out really good. We served it with rice and we all loved it. I suppose I've been reading and trying recipes from this site enough now that my wife knows where to go to find a recipe to try in the DO. Thanks for all the posts. Keep them coming.

    1. Thank you for your feedback, so happy you enjoyed the chicken! Liddy

  3. Cooked this yesterday and it was very good. I look forward to your post weekly for some new and tasty meals to cook.

    1. I'm glad you liked the recipe Archie, thank you for your feedback, LIddy

  4. Round 2 tonight with this recipe. Even fed it to my in-laws and they loved it!

  5. Round 2 tonight with this recipe. Even fed it to my in-laws and they loved it!

    1. Happy to hear everyone enjoyed your dinner, thanks for reminding me about this recipe, think I'll be making it again this week. Liddy