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The photo says it all: Bacon Wrapped BBQ Chicken Stuffed Chile Peppers. *Cue lights from the heavens and the angels singing, this is a GOOD recipe!*
First, a little chile pepper trivia. Did you know that chile peppers are actually a fruit? Yep, the internal edible seeds classify all 100+ varieties of chiles as a fruit rather than a vegetable. Did you also know that the substance that gives chiles their heat is called capsaicin? Scientists have recently correlated chiles receiving more water produce higher heats (for their species) and those with less water with a milder heat index. The last great debate: chili versus chile. I recently presented this question to a notable book editor since even the Internet couldn’t give me a concrete answer. Her answer: chili is reserved for stews, chile is reserved for peppers. In my experience, everyone has their own reason of why they use which term, but for now I’ll stick with her reasoning. They range in heat, size, geographic location and season, but ultimately all have a few similarities like the shape, seeds, flesh and skin.
Now that you are armed with a few Jeopardy questions, let’s talk about Bacon Wrapped BBQ Chicken Stuffed Chile Peppers. This recipe is simple and versatile. You can use any type of chile pepper you wish as long as it is cavernous and has fairly thick flesh to uphold on the grill. While I’ve used poblano peppers because I like their relatively thin skin, I also use Hatch chiles when they are in season and have even been known to make this dish into an appetizer by stuffing jalapenos.
Many chile peppers have a thick waxy skin and that can vary even more from chile to chile. While I am fine with noshing my way through it, others aren’t. If you wish to remove the skin before making your Bacon Wrapped BBQ Chicken Stuffed Chile Peppers, throw them on the grill at a high heat directly on the flame to char the skin and allow it to release from the flesh. This is tricky because you don’t want the flesh to loose its structure, or else it won’t be able to hold BBQ chicken or withstand a good bacon wrapping. The skin will help hold all of this together if you are willing to try it. In the long run, the bacon’s natural fats from the chicken and bacon will soften the exterior.
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