Saturday, December 1, 2012

Cheesy Poblano Chicken for #SundaySupper






I was so excited when I found out the theme this week for #SundaySupper was favorite celebrity chefs! If you know my story you know that this whole journey into cooking and blogging came from my love of Rachael Ray. She made cooking seem easy and I didn't feel overwhelmed  watching her. She specializes in comfort food that is quick and easy to make. That was right up my alley!! So I jumped into my kitchen and haven't left. That was about 7 years ago.

In November of 2010 I was diagnosed with breast cancer and ended up having to have surgery the following January. During my healing process I was not allowed to push, pull, lift, etc. In other words I was bored out of my mind! My kids had pushed me to start a blog a few years back but I thought there was no way anyone would be interested in reading what I had to say, but with all of my spare time I thought "What the heck, if no one reads it no one reads it but it will keep me sane (somewhat)". I started my first blog and called it Bobbi Renee and Rachael Ray. My plan at that time was to cook my way through her 365 No Repeats cook book. With Kevin's help chopping and lifting the blog was started and I was hooked.

I have since gained the courage to start writing my own recipes, something I would have never thought I could do, and can't imagine doing anything else! All thanks to Rachael Ray!! I sure would love to give her a hug!




 Cheesy Poblano Chicken
adapted from a recipe by Rachael Ray
Serves 2

  • 2 medium poblano peppers, seeded and stemmed, chopped 
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon Mexican oregano
  • A small handful cilantro leaves plus a few leaves for garnish 
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter 
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

In a blender or food processor, combine peppers with stock, onions, garlic, cumin, oregano, cilantro, salt and pepper; purée. 
In a saucepot over medium heat, melt butter and whisk in flour. Add milk and yogurt, and raise heat a bit. Add poblano purée and simmer to thicken and cook sauce, 20-25 minutes.
Preheat oven to 375ºF.
While the sauce is cooking, place a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the olive oil. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper and brown 3 to 4 minutes on each side then transfer to casserole dish. Pour poblano sauce over the top, cover with cheese and bake 15-20 minutes, depending on size of chicken pieces. Dish should be brown and bubbly on top.




Starters or Snacks :
Martin at ENOFYLZ Wine Blog - Oyster and Brie Soup and Wine Pairings for Celebrity Chef #SundaySupper
Linda at The Urban Mrs. - Inspired by Bobby Flay, Lobster Chowder with Roasted Corn Salsa
Erin from Dinners, Dishes and Desserts - Rachael Ray’s Cinnamon Popcorn
Cindy over at Cindy’s Recipes and Writings - Jamie Oliver’s Bread and Tomato Soup
Jeff at The Catholic Foodie - Drop Biscuits – Breakfast with Chef John Besh
Renee over at Kudos Kitchen By Renee - Giada De Laurentiis’ Garlic Toasts With Red Pepper Aioli

The Main Dish:
Sheila at Cooking Underwriter – Paula Deen’s  Chicken in a Crock Pot w/ Sauerkraut and Apples
Laura over at Small Wallet Big Appetite – Martin Yan’s Beef Chow Fun
Claire at The Realistic Nutritionist – Alton Brown’s 40 Cloves and a Chicken
Sarah over at Crispy Bits & Burnt Ends - Michael Symon’s Lola burger with crab tater tots
Susan at The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen - Ina Garten’s Baked Shrimp Scampi
Katy over at Happy Baking Days - Mary Berry’s Treacle Tart
Tammi at Momma’s Meals – Lee Drummond’s Sloppy Joe’s
Lane over at Supper for a Steal - Bobby Flay’s Rosemary Bricked Chicken
Tara from Noshing with the Nolands - Michael Symon’s Pork and Apple Scallopini
Shannon at Country Girl in the Village – Simple Red Sauce over Rigatoni. Inspired by,  Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos
Kris over at In the Kitchen with Audrey and Maurene - Rachael Ray’s Muffin Tin Meatloaf
Nicole from The Daily Dish Recipes - Paula Deen’s Slow Cooker Pulled Pickled Pork Sandwiches
Becca from It’s Yummilicious - Ina Garten’s Grown Up Mac & Cheese
Alice at  Hip Foodie Mom - Sunday Pot Roast with Risotto Cakes from Kelsey Nixon
Jen over at  Juanita’s Cocina - The Neely’s White Turkey Chili
Brianne from Cupcakes & Kale Chips - Crockpot Beef Pot Roast with Mushrooms inspired by Giada DeLaurentiis
Isabel at Family Foodie - Polenta with Garlicky Shrimp inspired by Chef Todd English
Wendy from The Weekend Gourmet - Shrimp Penne in Pesto Cream Sauce, From Emeril Lagasse
Bobbi over at Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen - Cheesy Poblano Chicken
Patti at Comfy Cuisine - Tyler Florence’s Chicken Francese
Chris from Sustainable Dad - Pork Tenderloin with Jerusalem Artichokes and Negroni Vinaigrette
Roxanne over at The Roxx Box - Jambalaya Pasta with Penne, Chicken, Shrimp and Andouille
Sue from Sue’s Nutrition Buzz – Rachael Ray’s Spicy Corn Chowdah Mac ‘n’ Cheese
Jamie at Mama Mommy Mom - Penne with Asparagus, Smoked Gouda and Prosciutto. Adapted from, Giada De Laurentiis’
Tora over at Tora’s Real Food – Pork and beans with Alton Brown’s pickled pork


Amazing Sides:
Elizabeth over at The Hand That Rocks The Ladle - Emeril’s New Orleans Style Red Beans & Rice
Megan from I Run For Wine - Curtis Stone’s Acorn Squash Roasted with Thyme
Sandi over at Midlife Road Trip -  Gabriele Corcos’s Gnocchi di Patate
Shelby at  Diabetic Foodie - Orange Pecan Black Rice, adapted from Ina Garten
Katie from She likes Ruffles, He likes Truffles - Chef Fabio Viviani’s Spinach and Artichoke Risotto

Sweet Endings:
Kim over at Cravings of a Lunatic - Chocolate Cream Puffs with Hazelnut Filling
Renee over at Magnolia Days – Brownie Tart
Connie at The Foodie Army Wife - Inspired by Ree Drummond – Scrumptious Apple Coffee Cake
Paula over at Vintage Kitchen Notes - Bill Granger´s Cherry Tart
Pam from The Meltaways – Savannah Sheet Cake
Amber at Mama’s Blissful Bites - Huggy Buggy Bread Pudding
Jaime over at Mom’s Test Kitchen - Southern Tea Cakes
Amy over at Kimchi MOM - Crack Pie, I Can’t Quit You
Lyn from The Lovely Pantry - Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Squares
Melanie at From Fast Food to Fresh Food – Sand Tarts
Wine Pairings: 
Martin at ENOFYLZ Wine Blog
Please join on us via Twitter for #SundaySupper on December 2, 2012, throughout the day. In the evening, we will meet at 7 PM EST for our weekly #SundaySupper live chatAll you have to do is follow the #SundaySupper hashtag or you can follow us through TweetChat.

43 comments:

  1. What an inspiring story Bobbi. I am so glad you are doing better and love that you kept on cooking! Love your recipes, your blog, and love that you are part of #SundaySupper

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    1. Thank you so much Isabel!! I love being part of this group :)

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  2. What a story on how you started blogging. Sorry you had to deal with breast cancer. It is great you are doing well today.

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    1. Thank you Renee, I am happy and healthy :)

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  3. What an inspiration! You are amazing.

    That first picture drew me in... so much cheese! Yum :)

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    1. You are so sweet Lane :) We are huge cheese lovers here so the cheesier the better LOL

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  4. Bobbi thanks for the courage to share your story. You are amazing and so glad you turned to food blogging! I'm glad to know you!

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    1. Thank you so very much my friend!! I am happy to know you as well :)

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  5. I hope you get to hug her one day! Your story is so inspiring, thank you for sharing. Your sauce looks amazing! Poblano peppers are my favorite.

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    1. I am crossing my fingers Shannon!! I love Poblanos too. They give you just enough heat but not too much for people that don't like things really spicy.

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  6. I love hearing the story on how you started blogging! Thanks for sharing. And your dish looks so yummy...

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  7. Yum! This looks incredible, my husband loves anything with poblanos, so I know this would go over well here.
    I love Rachael Ray, I made something by here today too :)

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    1. Yes, Kevin fell in love with this dish. The chicken was nice and moist, the sauce just a bit of a zip, and the cheese!! I hope your hubby likes it. What did you make of hers?

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  8. That looks truly amazing and I love your post and how you got started so inspirational!! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. I too love Rachael Ray!! Your story is so encouraging Bobbi, thank you so much for sharing it, you are a wonderful blogger, so glad I stopped and got to know you better! This dish looks amazing too!!! Mouth is watering! Happy #SundaySupper!

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    1. Thank you Tammi!! I love your blog as well. I am so happy to be a part of the #SundaySupper crew!!

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  10. What a great story! And I love how green and tasty that looks!

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  11. Love your story. And love this chicken. I wasn't sure what to expect, and then I saw this...WOW!!!!

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    1. Thanks Jen :) gotta love the cheese right? LOL

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  12. I see so many great-looking recipes that use fresh poblanos, but I can never find them. I guess I'll have to start growing my own! I didn't know you were a breast cancer survivor - you go, girl!

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    1. Thanks hun. Sometimes Poblanos are called Passila chilies so maybe you can find those? I sure hope so. They are one of my favorite peppers!!

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  13. This looks fantastic! I must try it. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks so much Martin, I hope you do!!

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  14. Wow Bobbi your story is so inspiring. I love that rather then allowing yourself to be beaten by the pain you pushed yourself to try something new. I love poblano peppers so much. Seeing as how you can't buy them in the UK I am going to have to find a way to grow them in my green house next year.

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    1. Thank you Laura. I do hope to help other women that are going through what I did to not give up. It ended up being a positive time in my life and I am grateful for that. Peppers grow great in green hoses so I hope you give them a try!!

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  15. Such a touching post Bobbi. I´m glad you found a passion in the kitchen and hope you get that hug! This blender sauce sounds so good and even a bit healthy!

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    1. Thank you Paula!! Yes it is very healthy and you could use reduced fat cheese to make it lighter if wanted.

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  16. Rachel Ray was the one who got me into the kitchen too. I'm glad you started your blog because I had the same reservations about starting my own blog too but the bottom line we blog because we love to cook and we might as well share it with others. Thank you for sharing your story!

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    1. I totally agree!!! And thank you so much :)

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  18. Wow Bobbi, thanks for sharing your story with us. I love your original blog name too, very cute. Rachel was the first celebrity chef I followed and I own almost all of her books.

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    1. Thanks Megan :) ya I have all of them too. I love her!!

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  19. What a wonderful story, and this recipe looks and sounds fantastic!

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  20. Bobbi, what a lovely story of how you started your blog and how R.Ray inspired you!! loved reading your post! And your Cheesy Poblano Chicken looks divine!!!! sooooo good and cheesy, love it!!!

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    1. Thanks so much Alice :) I love bubbly gooey cheese!!

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  21. I love poblano peppers and all that cheese!

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  22. I loved learning more about you Bobbi. I always thought you seemed so nice and sweet in your facebook dealings but now I know I was right. Thanks so much for sharing on Thursdays Treasures.

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    1. Thank you Christie that really means a lot to me!!

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