Want a recipe that gets you out of your comfort zone, but will be quickly added to your family’s favorite meals? You HAVE to make these Arepas with Poblano Pulled Chicken!


We started making one of the kids favorite foods, pupusas, at home after countless Sundays of buying them at the Hollywood Farmer’s Market. After years of eating them weekly after shopping for our weekly food there I became determined to learn how to make authentic pupusas, a beloved Salvadorian dish topped with slaw, crema, guacamole, and pico de gallo that Kenya, Chloe and now even Gemma love.

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The first time I tried an arepa, a Latin American cousin to pupusas, I fell in love. They’re similar to a pupusa in the fact that they’re both made with corn and water, flattened into a disk and pan seared, but totally different in other ways. It’s like comparing Kansas city and North Carolina barbecue if you know what I mean.

Traditional Venezuelan arepas are made with corn flour (also known as Masarepa which is easy to find at Latin American markets or even your local grocery store), mixed with water, cooked up and then cut in half and stuffed like a biscuit with all kinds of fillings. We recently sent out this recipe on my organic meal delivery company, One Potato, and it was a huge hit with kids and adults. We sent this juicy pulled chicken with tons of poblanos, slaw and cotija cheese, so they’re a perfect DIY meal. If you’ve never tried cooking with poblano peppers the first thing you should know is that they’re not hot! Good news for kids with an aversion to anything spicy, but those who want tons of delicious flavor. You may want to double this chicken as it’s totally irresistible mixed with rice, quinoa or even on it’s own.


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Arepas with Pulled Poblano Chicken

This recipe will get you out of your comfort zone, but will be quickly added to your family's favorite meals!
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Servings: 4
Author: Catherine McCord
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 6 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 large red onion, chopped and divided
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1 pound)
  • 1 poblano pepper seeded, ribs removed and diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded, ribs removed and diced
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • chopped cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups Mararepa or PAN pre-cooked white cornmeal
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 4-5 ounces Cotija, thinly sliced


  • In a large sauté pan heat 2 teaspoons olive oil, add half the onion, the garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add the chicken, peppers and lime juice. Cook chicken 7-8 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Set aside. Once chicken is cool enough to handle, take 2 forks and shred chicken. Add chopped cilantro and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, add Masarepa, lime zest, 1 ½ cups water, 2 teaspoon olive oil and ½ teaspoon salt Stir to form a stiff dough. Transfer dough to clean, dry work space and knead dough for about 30-40 seconds or until smooth. Set aside for 3-4 minutes to rest. Form into 8 equal size balls. Flatten the balls with the palm of your hands to create 1/4 inch thick discs.
  • In a large sauté pan, heat 2 teaspoons olive oil (you may need a little more during cooking) until very hot, add dough discs, and lower the heat to medium-low. Cook arepas for about 8-10 minutes per side or until cooked through.
  • When cool enough to handle, cut Arepas horizontally in half. Place chicken mixture and cheese on the bottom half of Arepas. Top with other half and serve.
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About the Author

Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


  1. OMG Catherine, you are totally speaking to me with this blog. First, with your comment about KC vs. NC bbq (two places I have lived). Then, with the arepas. I visited Venezuela 15 years ago and STILL crave arepas!! My favorite place to eat them is Amara Café in Pasadena, and my favorite way she makes them is with black beans and plantains… with churros con chocolate for dessert! When I make them at home, I use P.A.N. Harina Blanca (comes in a yellow bag), and I add an extra 1/2 cup of water more than what the package says (a tip given to me by Amara herself – it stops the arepas from cracking while cooking). I get the masarepa from the supermarket – Super A if you are in SoCal. Amazon has it but it’s way pricier. My daughter, a super picky eater, LOVES the arepas. I just put cheese in for her. I will definitely be trying your pulled chicken! And pupusas 🙂 Sorry for the long comment, had a lot to say! THANK YOU for sharing the news about how great these little corn cakes are!

  2. Oh My Goodness! I had arepas in Venezuela, and absolutely relished them! We were with people who knew the safe places to eat, and I ate them whenever I could, at any meal. They were great for breakfast. English speaking citizens who we stayed with, said the cornmeal also is called arepapan. I am trying to determine if I buy it locally, or if I have to buy it online. But with the recipe, I will make it!

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