Main Dishes — By Ben on 27 June 2012
Stuffed Chicken and Mango Poblano Sauce

Mango season seems to be so short that I want to make the most of it while it lasts. Mango is not only good for desserts and salads. It’s also great for sauces and other savory dishes. In the past I’ve used mango to make guacamole (which is great, by the way) for stuffed chicken. For this #mangomania month I wanted to recreate that recipe but with more local ingredients.

Yesterday I went to my local market to get the chicken breasts that I would use and the ingredients for the stuffing. One of the things I love about the markets here is that the butchers prepare the meat to your specifications right in front of you. I told the lady who I always buy the chicken from that I needed a chicken breast to stuff. She picked a big one, skinned it, boned it and cut it half making a perfect filet ready to be stuffed. You don’t get this kind of attention at the supermarket.

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After that I got the rest of the ingredients that I needed, mangoes, poblano peppers, squash blossoms and panela cheese. Originally I was thinking about using chipotle peppers for the sauce, but the poblano peppers sounded like a better idea. And it was! The combination of flavors was delicious.

Stuffed Chicken and Mango Poblano Sauce
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Recipe type: Main dish
Cuisine: Mexican
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 chicken breast, skinned, boned and cut in half
  • 250 grms squash blossoms, chopped, washed and drained
  • ½ white onion, chopped
  • 100 grms panela cheese, cut in thick slices
  • olive oil
  • 1 Kent, Tommy Atkins or Haden mango, skinned and seeded
  • 1 poblano peper, roasted, skinned and seeded
  • ¼ white onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • pinch of rosemary
  • pinch of cilantro
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 175° C
  2. Drizzle olive oil over chicken breast and season to taste. Set apart
  3. In a medium skillet heat olive oil and saute chopped onion. Add squash blossoms and immediately turn heat off. Season to taste and stir.
  4. Stuff chicken breasts with the squash blossoms and panela cheese.
  5. Heat more olive oil in a heavy skillet that can be used in the oven. I always use a cast-iron skillet.
  6. Sear the chicken breasts and cover with foil. Note: You can use a couple of tooth picks to keep the breast from opening and the stuffing from spilling out.
  7. Place in the oven and cook for about 30 minutes.
  8. In the meantime, using a blender or food processor make the sauce with the mango, poblano pepper, onion and garlic.
  9. Pour in a sauce pan over high heat and bring to a boil.
  10. Reduce heat to low, add rosemary and cilantro and season to taste. Simmer for 10 minutes. Let it cool a little before serving.
  11. When the chicken is cooked, take it out of the oven and cut it in medallions.
  12. Serve some sauce on a plate and place the medallions on top. Cover with more sauce.
  13. Serve with Mexican rice and enjoy.

The previous picture is my entry to this week’s Black and White Wednesday, an event created by Susan of The Well-Seasoned Cook, and hosted by her this week as well. Please check out the guidelines to participate.

¡Buen provecho!

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grew up around food. His family owned a restaurant in Mexico City and he spent a big deal of his childhood helping and learning after school the art of creating delicious dishes from simple ingredients. He created this blog to share his kitchen adventures with the world.

(23) Readers Comments

  1. Fantastic! That dish is just amazing. Now, I’m hungry… ;-P

    Lovely black and white shot!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  2. O how I wish we could do the same thing here at the market! But well if there is anyone selling chicken at the market, it will probably all be already cut and ready to go. Talking about the market in my home town as I’m sure there are others were you could do that… Love the sound of the stuffed chicken Ben! Making me hungry..

  3. Ben, my husband is a huge fan of mango and will adore this recipe. Love the combination of fruit and pepper.

  4. The combination of mango & poblano sounds delicious. I have few not so sweet mangoes at home..will be try this sauce. Like you traditional, beautiful props.

    • A not so sweet mango would work great! The sauce only needs a hint of sweetness and the delicious flavor of the mango. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. wow Ben.
    this is just an insanely good looking meal
    i mean the combo here is so creative!
    gorgeous photos too!

  6. YUM!! I will try to make this in the future!

  7. i love anything with Mango…this is sounds yummy:)

  8. That sauce and I have a date with destiny. Chicken probably won’t be involved…but hopefully you’ll forgive me. :P

  9. That squash bottom is gorgeous! Love this sauce – great use of mango.

  10. Mango Poblano Sauce? OMG, Ben. What a fabulous creation!

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