Grilled Chicken Chili Verde and Corn on the Cob with Chipotle Cream
- 4 large poblano peppers
- 1 1/2 pounds chicken cutlets
- Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling plus 2 tablespoons
- 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
- 1 onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, grated
- 18 to 20 tomatillos, peeled and coarsely chopped
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 chipotle in adobo, mashed into paste
- 2 teaspoons adobo sauce
- 2 limes, 1 zested, 1 whole
- 4 ears corn on cob, shucked and rinsed
- 2 to 3 cups chicken stock, depends upon how thick you like your sauce
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1/4 cup cilantro or flat-leaf parsley, divided
- 3 tablespoons fresh mint, a generous handful
- 1 sack white corn tortilla chips
- 1 cup shredded Chihuahua or Monterey Jack cheese, divided
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped chives
Heat broiler and grill pan to high.
Place peppers under broiler and char on all sides, 15 minutes. Place the peppers in a paper sack or in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let rest for about 5 minutes or until cool enough to handle. Peel, seed and chop peppers into large dice.
While peppers cook, coat the chicken with a healthy drizzle of oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill chicken 3 minutes on each side. Chop into a bite size dice and reserve.
Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a medium soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the jalapeno, onions and garlic and cook a few minutes while you process the tomatillos into a chunky salsa consistency in food processor. Add the tomatillos to onions and cook 5 to 6 minutes.
While the tomatillos cook, in a small pot heat cream with chipotle and the zest of 1 lime over low heat. Reduce 10 minutes.
Drizzle corn with oil and grill until charred all over, 6 to 7 minutes.
Add chicken stock to chili. Stir in the chicken and season with cumin. Simmer 5 to 6 minutes and stir in peppers, 2 to 3 tablespoons of chopped cilantro and the mint. Turn heat off.
Add the juice of 2 limes to the chili and stir.
Serve each bowl of chili with a handful of lightly crushed chips on top and a sprinkle of cheese.
Pour a ladle of chipotle cream over the corn and garnish with a little cilantro, chives and a sprinkle of cheese.
Recipe courtesy of Rachael Ray, 2007