Pollo Rojo (Red Pepper Chicken)

Pollo Rojo (Red Pepper Chicken)Pollo Rojo (Red Pepper Chicken) – A Latin inspired dish with big personality. Healthy, hearty and habit-forming… in a good way.

Pollo Rojo (Red Pepper Chicken)
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I have a certain endearment to chile peppers.

Although I love spicy food, that is not the reason for my appreciation. My love for chiles has more to do with their color, intensity, versatility and universal appeal.

Every country, every culinary endeavor throughout history, has been affected by the chile pepper. Even European cuisine, although generally considered mild and rich, has been deeply influenced by this ancient self-pollinating crop.

In certain regions, chiles have a long legacy as a dietary staple. Yet, once Columbus discovered the American varieties of chile peppers, their influence literally took over the world.

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More than just heat, chile peppers lend vibrance to otherwise boring dishes. They offer deep smoky flavor, sweetness, and even the acidic note that certain dishes need.

As for versatility, chile peppers are used for all sorts of things around the world including: warding off pests in fields, as dyes, and to keep feet warm in socks. Loaded with Vitamin C and Capsaicin, (a powerful antioxidant) they are thought to cure:

  • Migraines
  • Sinus Issues
  • intestinal disease
  • Heart Attacks
  • Cancer
  • Stomach Ulcers
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Toothaches
  • Joint Pain
  • Promote Weight Loss

I love to grow fresh peppers in the summer. But this time of year, I rely heavily on the dried varieties.

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I recently bought a large bag of red “New Mexico” Chiles at the grocery store. It was somewhat of a perplexing experience, because the bag labeled “New Mexico” chiles read “Grown in Mexico” in small print.

Directly next to them on the shelf were bags of identical-looking “California” chiles, “Grown in Peru.” You see the problem here?

Sometimes when you buy chiles in bulk, it’s hard to know exactly what you’re getting.

What I discovered was that these red chiles are all Anaheims. The heat may vary a tad, due to the climate in which they are grown. Yet they are the same pepper, and are considered the standard chile pepper for Latin-American and Southwest cooking.

Reconstituting dried chiles unleashes a mass of flavor and untold possibilities.

This easy Pollo Rojo (Red Pepper Chicken), a simple chicken mole recipe features a bold, deeply smokey, and mildly spicy, red pepper sauce, made out of reconstituted New Mexico chiles.

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I sautéed some thinly sliced chicken cutlets and blanketed them with warm vivid red pepper sauce.

The red pepper sauce offers a rustic quality with a touch of sweetness that makes the chicken ridiculously exciting. It’s a brilliant sauce for the Pollo Rojo (Red Pepper Chicken) but is fantastic on beef and pork as well.

This Pollo Rojo (Red Pepper Chicken) recipe is a family favorite, full of healthy goodness and spice!

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Pollo Rojo (Red Pepper Chicken) Recipe

Pollo Rojo (Red Pepper Chicken)

Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
35 mins
Pollo Rojo (Red Pepper Chicken) - A Latin inspired dish with big personality! This chicken mole recipe is healthy, hearty and habit-forming.
Servings: 4 Servings
Nutrition Facts
Pollo Rojo (Red Pepper Chicken)
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 439 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 20%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 154mg 51%
Sodium 681mg 28%
Potassium 1436mg 41%
Total Carbohydrates 25g 8%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 17g
Protein 53g 106%
Vitamin A 33.5%
Vitamin C 278.2%
Calcium 5%
Iron 19.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Red Pepper Mole
Red Pepper Chicken
  • 2 pounds chicken cutlets, thinly sliced breast meat
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Salt and Pepper


  1. Prepare a bowl of boiling hot water. Place the chiles in the water and allow them to soak for 10-15 minutes--until soft to the touch.
  2. Remove the stems, seeds, and membranes, rinsing each pepper in the bowl. Then place in a food processor

  3. Add the garlic cloves and half the chicken stock. Puree until smooth. Then add the cumin, honey, vinegar, salt and remaining stock. Puree again until smooth. Taste and salt again if needed. The sauce should have a very intense flavor, but not be overly spicy if the seeds and membranes are properly removed.
  4. Heat a large to medium-high heat. Pat the chicken cutlets dry and salt the pepper on both sides.
  5. Add the oil and butter to the skillet. Once melted, place half the cutlets in the pan. Saute for 2-3 minutes per side. Repeat with the remaining cutlets.
  6. To serve: Warm the red pepper sauce and pour over the chicken. Garnish with cilantro leaves or queso fresco.

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54 comments on “Pollo Rojo (Red Pepper Chicken)

  1. Melissaposted August 24, 2012 at 2:14 pm Reply

    I followed to recipe to the t, but it looks nothing like the photo. The sauce turned out watery for me. Any suggestions?

    • Sommerposted August 24, 2012 at 2:22 pm Reply

      Hey Melissa, I’m not sure why that would have happened. But what I would do to thicken the sauce is to place a sieve over a bowl and line in with a paper towel. Pour the sauce into the sieve and drain until the desired consistency is reached.

      Let me know how it turns out!

  2. Nikposted April 28, 2012 at 9:07 am Reply

    Recipe looks fabulous. Found it on Pinterest. Can’t wait to try it!