Hatch Chile & Chicken Lettuce Cups

Hatch Chile & Chicken Lettuce Cups | She Paused 4 Thought

Late every summer, huge displays pop up in grocery stores all across the U.S as a monument to the praiseworthy pepper that’s harvested in Hatch, New Mexico known as the Hatch Chile.

Cathy with Hatch-Chiles | She Paused 4 ThoughtI am a relatively new “Hatch Head” thanks to Melissa’s Produce, who introduced them to me several years ago. Since then, I have become hooked on their meaty, peppery & smoky flavor.

Hatch chiles have different levels of spiciness: mild, medium & hot. They have to be roasted to give up their full flavor. Once this is done, the options are endless. See below for more recipes.

There are several options for roasting Hatch Chiles.

  • Do it yourself in the oven or on the grill. Click here for more instructions.
  • Buy them roasted at a local store – information below*
  • Buy them already roasted, peeled, packaged and flash frozen making them ready to use throughout the year. You can purchase them online at The Hatch Chile Store.

*Select local grocery stores are roasting them in large barrels over a fire in their parking lots. This is great if you don’t want to roast them yourself.  Click here for dates and locations of the 2016 Hatch Chile Roastings.

Today’s Recipe:

This one-skillet dish comes together easily.

red hatch chiles | She Paused 4 Thought

Once your Hatch Chile’s have been roasted, simply chop them. I used 4 medium-hot peppers, but you can use mild according to your desired heat level. If you use mild I would double the amount.


The reduction is really what makes this dish special and the Not Ketchup Tangerine Hatch Chile sauce gives this dish a bright tanginess.

Hatch Chile & Chicken Lettuce Cups | She Paused 4 Thought

When it is all mixed together, spoon into lettuce cups and drizzle with Not Ketchup Tangerine Hatch Chile Sauce.

Hatch Chile & Chicken Lettuce Cups | She Paused 4 Thought

You can also use this on top of pizzas or use a stacking mold for a different presentation.

Shannon Hollywood Bowl | She Paused 4 Thought

Above is my beautiful niece Shannon about to enjoy her Hatch Chile & Chicken Stack served along side of baby spinach dressed with Not Ketchup Tangerine Hatch Chile Dressing from Black Girl Chef’s White’s blog.

Sometimes I just eat it straight out of the pan. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do.

Hatch Chile & Chicken Lettuce Cups
This one-skillet dish is perfect for when you don't want to heat up the oven in summer. Use mild, medium or hot Hatch chiles according to your spice level.
  • 1 cup diced pancetta
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 whole (double) chicken breasts, skinned and boned
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 med onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups Portobello or porcini mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
  • 4 Hatch chile peppers, roasted, peeled, stemmed, seeded & chopped
  • 1/ 2 cup white wine
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Not Ketchup Tangerine Hatch Chile Sauce
  • Butter lettuce for serving cups
  • Hatch Chile Powder - optional
  1. To make the chicken and vegetables, sauté the pancetta in a large skillet over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove and drain on paper towels. In the same skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil and saute the chicken breasts until just done which is about 15 minutes. Season with salt, pepper. Remove the chicken from the skillet and keep warm. Add the onions and garlic to the skillet. Saute until translucent, about 5 minutes. Remove from the skillet. Chop the chicken and combine with the onion mixture.
  2. To the same skillet, add the mushrooms and hatch chile peppers and saute until just cooked. Remove.
  3. Pour in the white wine and reduce by half. Then add the balsamic vinegar and Not Ketchup Tangerine Hatch Chile sauce and cook, stirring, until the sauce becomes a glaze, about 5 minutes. Return the mushroom mixture and chicken to the skillet. Stir to coat with the glaze.
  4. Fill lettuce cup with chicken mixture and drizzle with Not Ketchup Tangerine Hatch Chile Sauce. Sprinkle with Hatch Chile Powder to bring up the heat level to your liking.
Serves: 6

Here are a few of my other favorite ways to cook with Hatch Chiles. Click on photos for  recipes.

Hatch chile Jalousie | She Paused 4 Thought   Roasted grapes & Hatch-Chiles | She Paused 4 Thought

Need more recipes? Click on the links below.

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Here are links to where you can buy a few of the key ingredients for this recipe:

Roasted and flash frozen Hatch chiles from the Hatch Chile Store
Mild or Hot Hatch Chile Powder from Melissa’s Produce
Not Ketchup Tangerine Hatch Chile Sauce

What is your favorite way to use Hatch Chiles?

I am always excited to “down the Hatch”!
…and then, she paused for thought. 

This is not a sponsored post. I was given frozen Hatch Chiles from The Hatch Chile Store, Hatch Chile Powder & Not Ketchup Tangerine Chile Powder from Melissa’s Produce to experiment with. As always, all opinions are my own.
Hatch Chile & Chicken Lettuce Cups | She Paused 4 Thought

About Cathy Arkle

Cathy Arkle is a food blogger, culinary explorer, graphic artist, and cooking class junkie. Her inspirations come from her travels across the globe (50 countries) in the last 20+ years partaking in various ethnic cuisines while working as a graphic artist for major networks (NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX & ESPN). She has collected a few Emmys in the field of graphic design for sports & entertainment. Cathy is also a graduate of the Pro Chef courses at The New School of Cooking in Culver City, CA

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16 Responses to Hatch Chile & Chicken Lettuce Cups

  1. Nan August 17, 2016 at 4:16 pm #

    My cup of tea or should I say lettuce! Can’t wait to try this recipe, what did you mention about the reduction sauce?

    • Cathy Arkle August 22, 2016 at 12:54 pm #

      Thanks Nan, I think you will really like this recipe.

  2. myimpkitchen August 19, 2016 at 3:26 pm #

    I love the simple deliciousness of this recipe! It looks wonderful, Cathy!

  3. CherylDLee August 21, 2016 at 1:18 pm #

    I love that you used the Not Ketchup Tangerine Hatch Chile Dressing! It so easy and so tasty too! Thanks for including me Cathy!

    • Cathy Arkle August 21, 2016 at 1:58 pm #

      Your dressing was a perfect accompaniment on the side salad. Thanks for the great recipe Cheryl.

  4. Judy at My Well Seasoned Life. August 21, 2016 at 2:00 pm #

    What a great and easy recipe.

    • Cathy Arkle August 21, 2016 at 3:47 pm #

      Thanks Judy, you will love this one.

  5. sippitysup August 21, 2016 at 4:47 pm #

    My Gelson’s had a huge outdoor Hatch “carnival” of sorts in the parking lot! GREG

  6. Dorothy Reinhold (@Shockinglydlish) August 22, 2016 at 12:27 pm #

    That’s a wonderful way to appreciate Hatch! Love every bit of this recipe. Thanks for linking to my collection, too. HATCH, FOR THE WIN!

    • Cathy Arkle August 22, 2016 at 12:54 pm #

      Thanks Dorothy! Love your saying, Hatch, for the Win! 🙂

  7. Sue/theviewfromgreatisland August 22, 2016 at 4:15 pm #

    Love love LOVE hatch chiles!

  8. Fresh Food in a Flash August 23, 2016 at 1:04 pm #

    Never enough Hatch chile recipes. Thanks for this one. Love the picture at your Bowl Box. Nothing better than great food at the Hollywood Bowl! My kind of fun!

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