Quick & Easy Poblano Chicken Stew

Our Poblano Chicken Stew is thick, hearty and spicy. Moist rotisserie chicken, smoky charred poblanos and tomatoes are spiced up with adobo sauce to make the perfect meal served over cheesy polenta.

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Our family is busy getting ready for a hurricane this weekend which, after living in Florida for over 30 years, we certainly know how to do. I found myself trying to figure out what to cook ahead of time so we could heat it up again on our side burner of our grill if, or should I say when because it always happens, we lose power.

Poblano Chicken Stew 2 | 2 Cookin Mamas

I already made my Ham and Cheese Stuffed Shells and the meat for easy pork enchiladas and froze them so I thought how about a stew! I saw this recipe in Cooking Light magazine and loved the way it sounded – a little spicy, a little smoky, with plenty of tomatoes, onions and garlic – I was sold!

Now I’ve got your mouth watering too, right? I changed it up a little but it is basically the same. If you like hearty, spicy stews then this one is definitely for you!

Poblano Chicken Stew ingredients | 2 Cookin Mamas

Start with charring the poblanos. It’s easier than it sounds.

Just place poblanos that have been coated with olive oil on a piece of aluminum foil. Place under broiler and char on each side. It usually takes about 10 minutes.

Remove from oven and wrap in the same foil for 10 minutes. This lets the peppers steam and makes the removal of the skin very easy.

Poblano Chicken Stew poblanos | 2 Cookin Mamas

Peel off the skin and chop. Set aside.

Poblano Chicken Stew charred poblanos | 2 Cookin Mamas

Next brown onions and garlic in olive oil.

Poblano Chicken Stew prep 1 | 2 Cookin Mamas

Add tomatoes, chicken stock, and adobo sauce.

Poblano Chicken Stew prep 2 | 2 Cookin Mamas

Stir in poblano peppers, shredded chicken, and lime juice.

Poblano Chicken Stew prep 3a | 2 Cookin Mamas

Just look at all that deliciousness! The extra chicken broth I added makes it a little saucier and so much better when served over cheesy gouda polenta.

Poblano Chicken Stew closeup | 2 Cookin Mamas

Now take a bite! Yum!

Poblano Chicken Stew bite | 2 Cookin Mamas


Try my Tortilla Chicken Soup slow cooker recipe for a healthy Mexican meal to enjoy on a chilly day.

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Poblano Chicken Stew is thick, hearty & spicy. Rotisserie chicken & smoky poblanos, spiced up with adobo sauce, make the perfect meal with cheesy polenta.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Linda Warren


  • 3 poblano peppers
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups onions, thinly sliced
  • 4 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh oregano
  • 3 cups tomato, chopped
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 Tablespoons adobo sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1-1/2 cups rotisserie chicken, shredded


  • Place the poblano peppers on a large piece of tin foil. Rub them with 1 tablespoon olive oil then place under a broiler set to high for 10 minutes, turning occasionally, until they are blackened.
  • Remove peppers from oven and wrap tightly in the foil. Let sit for 10 minutes. The blistered skin should peel off easily.
  • Seed and chop the peppers.
  • In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil.
  • Saute onions, garlic and oregano for about 3 minutes.
  • Add chopped tomatoes, chicken stock, adobo sauce and salt and continue to cook, stirring often for 4-5 minutes.
  • Stir in chopped poblano peppers, lime juice and rotisserie chicken.
  • Cook until chicken is heated through, about 4 minutes.
  • Serve over cheesy polenta.


Adapted from recipe found in Cooking Light magazine.

This post has been updated and was first published on September 10, 2017.

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Quick & Easy Poblano Chicken Stew

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