Baked Chicken Thighs in Hatch Chile Cream Sauce


I keep Hatch chiles in my freezer year-round and am always experimenting different dishes to make with them. I served this dish over white rice. Feel free to use canned Hatch chiles if fresh are not in season.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
4 servings


  • 2 pounds bone-in chicken thighs

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 tablespoon oil

  • 1 tablespoon salted butter

  • 1 cup Hatch chile peppers, seeded and sliced

  • 1 cup sliced onion

  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed

  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream

  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Season chicken thighs with salt and pepper.

  3. Heat oil in a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Cook chicken in the hot oil without moving to blacken skin, about 4 minutes. Turn chicken and cook about 2 more minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate.

  4. Add butter to the skillet. Cook chile peppers and onion in the melted butter until crisp-tender, 5 to 6 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in cream until combined. Season with taco seasoning, salt, and pepper.

  5. Place chicken on top of onions and chiles and cover with foil.

  6. Place in the preheated oven and cook until chicken is no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, 20 to 25 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted near the bone should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

563 Calories
40g Fat
12g Carbs
38g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 563
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 40g 51%
Saturated Fat 16g 78%
Cholesterol 176mg 59%
Sodium 473mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 38g
Vitamin C 4mg 20%
Calcium 51mg 4%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 352mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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