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Chicken Pozole Verde
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
45 mins
A restorative mix of rich chicken broth, tender shredded chicken, chewy corn hominy, and tart tomatillos make this chicken pozole verde the ideal dish to see you through the end of winter. 

Canned corn hominy is available at Mexican grocers, or in the Latin aisle, or near canned chilies at grocery stores. I use Juanita’s Mexican-Style Hominy.

The spiciness can be downplayed or enhanced depending on how many chilies you use. If you don't have fresh chilies on hand, drained canned jalapeños work well too. 

This recipe calls for dark meat chicken gently poached in chicken broth, though leftover or rotisserie chicken can easily be swapped in. Feel free to add the toppings of your choice: tortilla strips, thinly sliced red onions, or sliced jalapeños would all be delicious additions.
Recipe Type: Soup
Makes: 8 servings
Author: Elizabeth Stark
  • 2 pounds chicken whole chicken legs (drumstick and thigh) or thighs, skin-on, bone-in
  • 1 quart rich chicken broth (store-bought or homemade)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion minced
  • 1 - 2 poblano peppers, roasted, peeled, seeded, and chopped
  • 1 - 2 jalapeño peppers, roasted, peeled, seeded, and chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed, peeled, and minced
  • sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seed, fresh ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 (11-ounce) cans whole tomatillos, water drained
  • 1 (25-ounce) can hominy, water drained
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup minced cilantro leaves
  • 4 radishes, sliced thin
  • 1 avocado sliced
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  • flaky sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons minced cilantro leaves
  1. Set a 3-quart stock pot over medium-high heat. Add broth and chicken. Bring mixture to a gentle boil, then turn heat down to a simmer. Cook 20 - 25 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and has an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. Set chicken on a cutting board to cool.
  2. When cool enough to handle, remove chicken skin and break chicken up into bite-sized pieces. Discard skin and bones, or reserve for another use.
  3. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large stock pot over medium heat. Add onions and chili peppers. Sprinkle with sea salt. Sauté until onions are translucent, 5 - 7 minutes. Add garlic, cumin, and oregano, and sauté 1 minute more. Add tomatillos, breaking them up with a wooden spoon as you go. Simmer 10 minutes. Stir in half the broth, then pulse either an immersion or countertop blender to just break down the soup enough to be smooth but retain a bit of texture.
  4. Return soup to pot, add remaining broth, and heat over medium heat. Stir in chicken pieces and hominy. Lower heat so that mixture simmers gently; cook 15 minutes or until hominy is tender and flavorful. When about 5 minutes are left, fold in the chicken. Taste soup, and add sea salt as needed. When soup is ready, fold in lime juice and cilantro.

  5. Meanwhile, prep toppings. A squeeze of lime will take the spicy edge off the radishes and prevent the avocado from browning. Sprinkle with sea salt.

  6. Ladle soup into bowls, and top with minced cilantro, avocado, radishes, and a lime wedge. If desired, finish with a pinch flaky sea salt (I used smoked sea salt here).

  7. Soup will keep well covered in the fridge for 3 days. Reheat gently to keep chicken from getting rubbery.