Real Men Cook: Grilled Chicken with Tomatillo Roasted Poblano Cream Sauce

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Prep Time
3 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
28 mins

Its grilling central over here with a full flavor recipe for Grilled Chicken with Tomatillo Roasted Poblano Cream Sauce which can be done in less than 30 minutes! It’s a quick and healthy chicken dinner recipe that your family will love.

This chicken recipe goes great with The Best Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice recipe or these Garlic Herb Roasted Potatoes as a side dish. Such a tasty and healthy meal!

Happy Friday everyone AND happy August 1!!!

I know August means we should start whipping out the fall foods but I’m not ready to put away my grill recipes here on the blog just yet so I still have a few more for you. I hope thats okay. 🙂

But, in the mean time, if you have that fall food itch …  I did just start a new Pinterest board dedicated solely to all yummy fall recipes out there!

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Easy And Healthy Grill Recipes

Last week on Facebook I took a poll to see what kind of recipes you would like to see next on JHE. The response was an overwhelming…. MORE GRILL RECIPES. But one of the comments caught my eye… mostly because I hadn’t done it before. My friend Gloria, who blogs over at Simply Gloria, was wanting a recipe that involved Grilled Tomatillos.

What Is A Tomatillo?

Have you ever had tomatillos before?

They are absolutely delicious! Tomatillos are .. you guessed it, part of the tomato family. 🙂 They are green in color and have a light papery shell on the outside… almost like a present just waiting to be opened! They are somewhat tart but can also have a slight sweet flavor.

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When Gloria threw down the challenge of grilled tomatillos I was trying to think of how I could use them, immediately what came to mind was a Mexican or Tex-Mex sauce of some sort. I mean tomatillos are used all the time in Mexican salsas so I know the flavors go well together.

Then I thought, while we’re at it why not roast some poblanos on the grill and grill a little chicken for the sauce to go over.

Poblano Cream Sauce being drizzled over Grilled Sliced Chicken on a plate

I seriously love it when a recipe comes together. This is one of those times where I wasn’t quite sure how it was going to turn out. It could be an absolute failure and I end up throwing the entire dish out {which has happened before} or a major success.

Thankfully it was the later!

Top view of Grilled Chicken with Tomatillo Sauce and pineapple rice on a plate

Easy Tomatillo Sauce Recipe

And boy was it a success! I just starting throwing ingredients in that I thought would work, turned on the blender {prayed}, and then stuck my finger in. {after the blender has stopped of course :)}

Guys… this sauce! Holy Moly!

Its not overpoweringly spicy, has a slight tartness from the yogurt and tomatillos, then a subtle grill flavor to finish it all up.

Best of all this dish is perfect for our Real Men Cook Recipe of the month, which is a way to help get those men in our lives to cook up one delicious meal! It has tons of flavors that a man wants in his food, non of this “foo foo” stuff. Just pure bold flavors! Plus what man doesn’t like something grilled? Um… no one!

Grilled Chicken with Tomatillo Sauce and pineapple rice on a plate

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Grilled Chicken with Tomatillo Roasted Poblano Cream Sauce

  • Author: Krista
  • prep_time Prep Time: 3 mins
  • cook_time Cook Time: 25 mins
  • total_time Total Time: 28 mins
  • yield Yield: 4 1x
  • category Category: Grilling
  • method Method: Grill
  • cuisine Cuisine: Tex-Mex


Grilled Chicken with Tomatillo Roasted Poblano Cream Sauce can be done in less than 30 minutes! It’s a quick chicken dinner recipe your family will love.



  • 1 small poblano
  • 2 large tomatillos, cut in half
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of cilantro
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 5.5 oz. plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh lime juice
  • salt & pepper
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper


  1. Heat grill to medium high heat.
  2. Season poblanos and tomatillo halves with a little olive oil, salt, & pepper.
  3. Place on the grill.
  4. Grill Poblanos for 4-5 minutes per side, so that it is blackened on all sides. Grill tomatillos for 3 minutes per side.
  5. Remove everything from the grill. Set tomatillos aside. Place poblanos in a glass bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let sit for 5 minutes. Remove plastic wrap and peel off the charred skin.
  6. In a blender add, grilled tomatillos, roasted poblanos, cilantro, garlic, ground cumin, lime juice, plain greek yogurt, and salt & pepper. Blend until smooth. Set aside.
  7. Season chicken breasts with olive oil, salt, & pepper.
  8. Place on grill and grill each side for 5-6 minutes, until there is no more pink.
  9. Remove from grill and serve with Tomatillo Roasted Poblano Cream Sauce.

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20 Responses
  1. Sarah@RunningOnBrie

    I love it when recipes really come together too. Such a great reward for the hard (but fun) work! I adore any tomatillo based sauce and this one looks really unique- and delicious. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Kristin

    My husband called this “The sauce of God”. Touche, really is one of the best sauces that we’ve made and it really just compliments chicken and rice so well.

    1. Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

      haha… love it! I am totally going to use that phrase the next time I make this dish! You definitely just made my day Kristin! So glad you the fam enjoyed it!

  3. kelly

    well worth the wait!!!! YUMMMM is all I can say!! Gonna try some of the other grilling recipes too! Thanks Krista!!!! Kelly

    1. Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

      haha!!! Yeah! 🙂 You are gonna love it, even my little 2 year fell in love with this sauce.. in fact for a while he was just eating the sauce without the chicken. little stinker!

  4. Karen @ The Food Charlatan

    Krista this looks soooo good! And your FB fans know where it’s at. Bring on the grillz. That is all I want to eat. We had grilled chicken tonight for dinner (again) and I’m just sorry there was no tomatillo sauce to go with it! Holy yum!! PS is that pineapple in your rice? holla.

    1. Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

      Um.. heck yes it is pineapple!!

      Don’t blame ya on the grilled chicken front girl.. its deliciouso! But this sauce totally puts it over the edge!

      1. Jackie

        Hi, this looks so delicious!! I was wondering if you had the rice recipe for us also. I couldn’t find it on your site. Thanks!!

        1. Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

          Nope, I haven’t posted it yet Jackie. But all I basically did is make 4 servings of rice (whatever that calls for on the back of a box) then add some paprika, freshly chopped pineapple, and green onions. 🙂 Hope that helps girl!

  5. Ashlyn @ Belle of the Kitchen

    YUM Krista! I could totally just eat that sauce by the spoonful! All of those ingredients sound amazing together. I love to to grill up some chicken, and this sounds like the perfect way to top it off. 🙂

  6. Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods

    Krista, this looks absolutely delicious. I love tomatillos and that sauce looks so good. Maybe if I print this up and put it on my husbands desk he will get the hint and cook it for me 😀

  7. Pat

    What a great looking recipe. 🙂 Tomatillos are way off my radar screen and I have never tried them. You have my interest now. Thanks…:)

    1. Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

      Oh Pat you need to! They are awesome! I actually prefer green salsa over red salsa most times because of flavor. This is a great way to try it out and see if you like them. 🙂

  8. Min

    Gosh Krista, you come up with the most delicious and creative grill recipes! I still have to try your Asian short rib pizza. You give me too many choices haha. I love roasting poblanos..the aroma is just intoxicating, isn’t it? Pinning! Hope you have a blessed weekend!

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