Healthy Chicken Fajita Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Stuff a roasted, mild poblano pepper with a delicious, chicken fajita filling. Next top with strips of crispy tortillas for a fun and healthy dinner.
Love this easy chicken recipe. Can be made low carb by eliminating the tortillas on top.

A few months ago I whipped up a recipe for Chicken Fajita Roll Ups. My family loved that healthy dinner so much that I repurposed the chicken fajita mixture into these Chicken Fajita Stuffed Poblano Peppers. In addition, I added some homemade tortilla strips on top for crunch and, of course a little kid friendly kick. This was a “yummy in our tummy” dinner. (If you want a low carb option, omit the tortilla stripss)Everyone loved the spice mix on top and that crunchy deliciousness. Consequently the extra tortilla strips that were gone in seconds.

Love this easy recipe. Can be made low carb by eliminating the tortillas on top.

Also this is the type of recipe that is perfect for summer. As you can even put these together ahead of time and bake them when you are ready to eat. That makes it an easy and versatile dinner. We seem to eat a lot of Mexican flavored foods. It all started when my little one was a toddler and discovered cheese enchiladas. She has always been a fairly adventurous eater, and she fell in love with a cheese enchilada with red sauce at her very first bite. For years, we went to a Mexican restaurant every week. Yes, my husband and I got sick to death of Mexican. We backed off, and all of a sudden we were craving Mexican food again. Food at a Mexican restaurant tends to be loaded with fat and calories, so making it at home is the perfect solution. Try both recipes at home and let me know which you like better, if you can choose, Chicken Fajita Rolls Ups or Chicken Fajita Stuffed Poblano Peppers.

 

Love this easy recipe. Can be made low carb by eliminating the tortillas on top.

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Love this easy recipe. Can be made low carb by eliminating the tortillas on top.

Chicken Fajita Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 279 kcal
Author Christie Daruwalla

Ingredients

  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs cut into ½ inch chunks
  • 3 cloves garlic divided
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro divided
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tbsp oil + 1 tsp.
  • 1 tbsp chipotle sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano divided
  • 1 ½ tsp ground cumin divided
  • 1 tsp kosher salt divided
  • ¼ tsp fresh ground black pepper divided
  • 3/4 cup thinly sliced onion
  • 3/4 cup thinly sliced red pepper
  • 4 poblano peppers
  • 1/4 cup shredded 2% Mexican cheese blend
  • 2 inch corn tortillas cut into ¼ strips
  • ¼ tsp chili powder

Instructions

  1. Place chicken into a plastic bag.
  2. In a blender, puree 2 garlic cloves, 2 tbsp. cilantro, all the lime juice, 2 tbsp. oil, chipotle sauce, 1 tsp. oregano and cumin, ½ tsp. kosher salt and 1/8 tsp. pepper.
  3. Pour over chicken. Seal the bag and let marinade on the counter for 20 minutes.
  4. Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat with 1 tsp. oil.
  5. Add onions and red pepper. Sauté until onions are tender, about 5 minutes.
  6. Add 1 clove minced garlic, remaining spices, salt and pepper and cook for another minute.
  7. Drain chicken from marinade and add chicken to skillet. Cook until chicken is cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes.
  8. Place oven rack below the broiler and preheat broiler.
  9. Place peppers on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.
  10. Broil for 5 minutes per side.
  11. Place peppers in a paper bag and let steam for 5 to 10 minutes. Remove the stem, seeds and membranes with a small knife.
  12. Turn oven down to 400•.
  13. Place peppers back on the baking sheet.
  14. Fill with the chicken mixture.
  15. Top each with 1 tbsp. cheese.
  16. Bake for 15 minutes.
  17. Preheat oven to 450•.
  18. Place tortilla strips on a baking sheet and spray with cooking spray. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and chili powder.
  19. Bake for 5 minutes.
  20. Top poblano with tortilla strips and serve.

Recipe Notes

 I calculated 7 Weight Watcher smart points

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Fajita Stuffed Poblano Peppers
Amount Per Serving
Calories 279 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Total Carbohydrates 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 4g
Protein 26g 52%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Happy Healthy Eating,

Christie

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Love this easy recipe. Can be made low carb by eliminating the tortillas on top.

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Comments

  1. I love seeing healthy Mexican style recipes! I love the flavors, but there's a misconception that Mexican food isn't likely to be healthy... I have lived in two border cities - Las Cruces, NM. and now McAllen, TX. - and healthy Mexican has become a focus of my own blog. Bravo! This looks like a delicious and family friendly recipe :-)
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Tamara, It is a shame people do not realize how much fresh and healthy ingredients are in Mexican food. It really is so versatile. I love playing with Mexican flavors to create a healthy dinner.
  2. Now this looks like a delicious summer dish. We love stuffed peppers, but I haven't had them stuffed with fajitas before. Great idea!
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      They are so good this way Dannii. Plus you can make it low carb by omitting the tortilla strips. They are a favorite of mine, however.
  3. I love stuffed poblanos and your healthy version has me in a tizzy. Love all the flavors here!! Must make this soon!
  4. Stuffed poblano peppers are my soulmate, I swear, ha ha ha! These look delicious!
  5. OH My! Just love all the flavors that I see in this stuffed poblanos - spicy and flavorful. YUM

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