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Hearty Chicken Posole
Posole, also spelled "pozole," is a Mexican dish which takes its name from the Nahuatl languages and their name for hominy, a product made by soaking dried corn in an alkaline solution. This traditional soup contains a few ingredients that are less commonly used in the northern United States, like hominy and tomatillos. They're still easy to find in most grocery stores, though, so don't be afraid to give it a try if these are new to you! Favored garnishes for this dish include chili peppers, onion, garlic, radishes, avocado, salsa, or limes.
9 cups water, divided
1 bay leaf
1 sweet onion, finely chopped and divided
6 cloves garlic, chopped and divided
1 1/2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 1/2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup pepitas
1 lb. tomatillos, husked
2 jalapeño peppers, quartered
3/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided
1/2 tsp. oregano
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
2 (15 oz.) cans white hominy, rinsed and drained
1 tsp. salt
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Hearty Chicken Posole

Hearty Chicken Posole

Hearty Chicken Posole
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  • Servings:12 (439 g)
  • Prep Time:45 minutes
  • Cook Time:90 minutes
1. Bring 8 cups water, bay leaf, half of onion, half of garlic, and salt to a boil, covered, in a large, heavy-bottomed pot. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes.
2. Add chicken and poach at a simmer, uncovered, until cooked through (20 minutes). Transfer chicken to a cutting board. Strain cooking liquid. Discard solids and reserve broth. When chicken is cool enough to handle, shred it coarsely.
3. While chicken cools, toast pumpkin seeds in a small skillet over low heat, stirring occasionally, until puffed (6-7 minutes). Grind to a coarse powder using either a spice grinder or a mortar and pestle.
4. Simmer tomatillos and remaining onion in remaining 1 cup water in a medium saucepan, covered, until tender (10-12 minutes). Drain liquid and puree vegetables in a blender with jalapeños, 1/4 cup cilantro, oregano, and remaining garlic.
5. Heat oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Carefully add puree and cook, stirring frequently, until thickened (10-12 minutes).
6. Stir in pumpkin seeds and 1 cup reserved broth. Simmer 5 minutes. Stir in shredded chicken, hominy, salt, and 3 more cups reserved broth. Simmer, partially covered, 20 minutes.
7. Stir in remaining 1/2 cup cilantro to serve.