Creamy Crepes Poblano

Creamy Crepes Poblano

Using cornmeal crepes instead of corn tortillas adds an international fusion to this enchilada casserole.

Cooking Light APRIL 1999

  • Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 2 filled crepes)


  • 1 pound poblano chiles (about 6 chiles)
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 pound skinned, boned chicken breasts
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup 1% low-fat milk
  • 1 teaspoon butter or stick margarine
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 cup fresh corn kernels (about 1 ear)
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 8 Cornmeal Crepes
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 cup diced tomato


Preheat broiler.

Place chiles on a foil-lined baking sheet; broil 10 minutes or until blackened, turning occasionally. Place in a zip-top plastic bag, and seal. Let stand for 15 minutes. Peel chiles; cut in half lengthwise. Discard seeds and membranes; chop chiles, and set aside.

Bring water, thinly sliced garlic, and bay leaves to a boil in a saucepan; add chicken. Reduce heat; simmer 20 minutes or until chicken is done. Remove chicken; cool. Strain broth through colander into a bowl; discard solids. Reserve 1 cup broth. Shred chicken with 2 forks.

Preheat oven to 425°.

Combine flour and salt in a bowl; gradually add milk to flour mixture, stirring constantly with a whisk. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat; add oregano, cumin, and minced garlic, and sauté1 minute. Add flour mixture and reserved 1 cup broth, and cook until thick (about 4 minutes), stirring constantly with a whisk. Remove 1 cup sauce; set aside. Add 1/2 cup chiles and corn to remaining sauce in pan; cook 2 minutes over medium-low heat. Remove from heat; stir in cheese. Combine chicken, reserved 1 cup sauce, and remaining 1/2 cup chiles in a bowl.

Spoon about 1/4 cup chicken mixture down center of each crepe; roll up. Place crepes, seam sides down, in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray, and spoon cheese sauce over crepes. Bake at 425° for 15 minutes or until bubbly. Sprinkle with tomato.

Note: Two (4.5-ounce) cans of green chiles, drained and chopped may be substituted for poblano chiles.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 390
  • Calories from fat: 22%
  • Fat: 9.6g
  • Saturated fat: 4.8g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 2.8g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1g
  • Protein: 39.8g
  • Carbohydrate: 35.1g
  • Fiber: 2.9g
  • Cholesterol: 128mg
  • Iron: 3.3mg
  • Sodium: 567mg
  • Calcium: 268mg

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