Easy Chipotle Chicken Relleno

February 10, 2014
Easy Chipotle Chicken Relleno

Author Notes: I developed this super quick and easy filling for our family's annual tamal-making explosion, and it has proved to to be useful for much more than that! My favorite is to top a fluffy masa cake with the chicken filling, and garnish with cotija, cilantro, and a squeeze of lime--especially if that masa cake is made with cheese enriched tamal batter grilled on a skillet--but also super topping a fresh, steamed corn tortilla. Use tiny torillas or good quality corn chips for appetizers..bonbonmarie

Makes: 2-3 cups filling


  • 1/2 deboned/skinned roasted, whole chicken
  • 2-3 tablespoons chipotle en adobo
  • 1 tablespoon toasted cumin, finely ground
  • 1/2 cup toasted pepitas, ground to a meal
  • 2-3 tablespoons chicked roasting juices
  • salt to taste
In This Recipe


  1. Chop/shred chicken into bite size pieces. I prefer the more organic look of torn/shredded meat.
  2. Chop chipotles super fine and smash with the blade of your knife to produce a smooth paste
  3. Combine chicken, chipotle, cumin, pepitas. Add roasting juices to acheive a moist but not loose filling. Salt to taste
  4. Serve as an appetizer atop small steamed corn tortillas, and garnish as you please. I like chopped cilantro, cotija cheese, avocado and a squeeze of lime.

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