Cafe Noche Chicken Acapulco with Creamy Shrimp
Yield: 4 servings
4 large poblano peppers
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 pound medium shrimp, lightly cooked, peeled and chopped
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1/4 pound Monterey jack cheese, shredded
2 (8 ounce) chicken breasts, halved, deboned and pounded flat
2 teaspoons white pepper
Salt, to taste
12 (6-inch long) strings
Oil, for frying
Creamy Shrimp Sauce
3 shallots, diced
1 cup white wine
1/2 cup fish stock or chicken broth
1 pound small shrimp
2 cups whipping cream
3/4 pound butter
Roast peppers: Place poblano peppers under the broiler and char on
all sides. Put in plastic bag and freeze 10 minutes. Remove from
freezer, rub off peel, then slit to remove seeds under running
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
In a medium sauté pan, sauté onion, shrimp and cilantro until the
shrimp are almost cooked, about 5 minutes. Place in mixture in a
bowl, add the cheese and set aside.
Lay the four prepared chicken breasts flat, skin-side down. Season
with salt and white pepper. Layer each breast with one pepper and 2
to 3 tablespoons shrimp/cheese mixture over pepper. Roll each breast
tightly to form a cylinder. Tie each cylinder in 3 places, both ends
and in the middle.
In a skillet, heat about 1/4 inch of oil. Lightly brown chicken
breasts, one at a time, on all sides. Remove from heat, transfer to
an ovenproof dish and bake for 10 minutes until golden brown. Remove
from oven. Cut strings and slice chicken into 1-inch roulades
(rounds). Drizzle a few tablespoons of Creamy Shrimp Sauce onto a
plate and arrange the roulades on top of the sauce. Serve warm.
Makes 4 servings.
Creamy Shrimp Sauce: In a saucepan over medium-high heat, combine
shallots and wine. Cook until reduced by three-fourths. Add
stock/broth and shrimp and cook until reduced by half. Add the cream
and reduce again by half. Whisk in the butter by tablespoons. Cook
until butter melts and sauce is well blended. Remove from heat.
Source: Cafe Noche, Houston, Texas