Green Pozole with Chicken Recipe

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Green Pozole with Chicken - Pozole verde de Pollo

What better way to celebrate Mexican Independence Day than with a beloved Mexican dish like Green Pozole with Chicken? In Mexico, there are various types of pozole- red, green, white, chicken, beef, pork- just to name a few.

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Green pozole with chicken is my favorite. It’s both easy to make and delicious, so I would like to share my recipe with you.

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Green Pozole with Chicken (Pozole Verde de Pollo)

16 – 20 portions (1 1/2 – 2 cups each)

Approx 36 cups (8.5 lt)

ingredients for Mexican green pozole

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ingredients for pozole onion, limes, avocado

Ingredients

  • 1 can of hominy 108 oz (3.06 Kg) 
  • 1 whole chicken
  • 2 garlic heads +4 garlic cloves, divided
  • 2 Tbsp salt
  • 2 pounds tomatillos (find these at the Mexican market and even in some general markets now. See photo below)
  • 2 1/2 medium white onions, divided
  • 1-3 Serrano peppers (stems removed)
  • 2 bunches of cilantro
  • 1/3 cup of pepitas (optional, ask at your local Mexican market)
  • Up to 2 cups of water
  • 1 iceberg lettuce head
  • 1 bunch radishes
  • 2 avocados
  • 8-10 limes
  • Dry Mexican oregano leaves
  • 1-2 pack tostadas

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Open the can of hominy and rinse well in a colander until the water is clear.  Place the hominy in your largest pot, considering the hominy and the whole chicken are going to need to fit. 

If you don’t have a large enough pot, split everything in half and place into two pots.

rinsing hominy to prepare pozole

Clean and cut the chicken into 4 pieces and place it all in the pot with the hominy. Take the two garlic heads whole, rinse them and throw them in the pot, too. 

Lastly, put water in the pot until it covers everything so far (aprox 20-24 cups). Bring it to boil and then lower the temperature to medium and let it simmer for 45-55 minutes or until the chicken is cooked.

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Hominy, garlic and chicken for pozole

Take the chicken out of the soup and let it cool.

Remove garlic heads from the broth. Then, you can do one of two things: Discard them or cut off the ends of the heads, squeeze the garlic pulp out of their skin, and return the pulp to the broth along with the salsa.

In the meantime, prepare the salsa: You may need to do this part in batches, unless you have an industrial blender. 

In a blender, mix well the 4 cloves of peeled garlic, half an onion, two pounds of tomatillos (peeled and wash), serrano chiles (to taste, one for flavor, two for heat), cilantro, salt and pepitas. Add up to two cups of water in order to blend smoothly.

peeling Mexican tomatillos

Add the salsa to the soup pot with the hominy and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes on low heat until the salsa changes in color from bright green to olive green.

Taste for salt.  The soup is ready to serve.

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Green salsa for pozole step by step

While the broth is simmering with the salsa, shred the cooked chicken by hand. 

At this point, you have two options, either add the shredded chicken straight to the pot or keep the chicken separate and add a little bit to each bowl as you serve it to make sure everyone who wants some gets some.

Serving the Pozole

Green Pozole with Chicken

Wash the lettuce and finely chop. Wash and finely slice the radishes and chop the remaining onions. Slice the avocados and cut the limes into halves.

Serve the soup in a traditional ceramic pozole dish, or a bowl, adding some shredded chicken, lettuce, radishes, chopped onion, avocado, a pinch of dry oregano, and lime juice.

Accompany with tostadas (by tostadas, I mean fried tortillas, you can get them at Mexican markets or check the Hispanic Food aisle at your store)

Buen Provecho!

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Green Pozole with Chicken

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time1 hr 40 mins
Servings: 16 porciones
Calories: 326kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 can of hominy (108 oz) 3.06 Kg
  • 1 whole chicken
  • 2 garlic heads +4 garlic cloves divided
  • 2 Tbsp salt
  • 2 pounds tomatillos find these at the Mexican market and even in some general markets now. See photo below
  • 2 1/2 medium white onions divided
  • 1-3 Serrano peppers stems removed
  • 2 bunches of cilantro
  • 1/3 cup of pepitas optional, ask at your local Mexican market
  • Up to 2 cups of water
  • 1 iceberg lettuce head
  • 1 bunch radishes
  • 2 avocados
  • 8-10 limes
  • Dry oregano leaves
  • 1-2 pack tostadas

Instructions

  • Open the can of hominy and rinse well in a colander until the water is clear. Place the hominy in your largest pot, considering the hominy and the whole chicken are going to need to fit. If you don’t have a large enough pot, split everything in half and place into two pots.
  • Clean and cut the chicken into 4 pieces and place it all in the pot with the hominy. Take the two garlic heads whole, rinse them and throw them in the pot, too. Lastly, put water in the pot until it covers everything so far. Bring it to boil and then lower the temperature to medium and let it simmer for 45-55 minutes or until the chicken is cooked.
  • Take the chicken out of the soup and let it cool.
  • Remove garlic heads from the broth. Then, you can do one of two things: Discard them or cut off the ends of the heads, squeeze the garlic pulp out of their skin, and return the pulp to the broth along with the salsa.
  • In the meantime, prepare the salsa: You may need to do this part in batches, unless you have an industrial blender. In a blender, mix well the 4 cloves of peeled garlic, half an onion, two pounds of tomatillos (peeled and wash), serrano chiles (to taste, one for flavor, two for heat), cilantro, salt, and pepitas. Add up to two cups of water in order to blend smoothly.
  • Add the salsa to the soup pot with the hominy and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes on low heat until the salsa changes in color from bright green to olive green. Taste for salt. The soup is ready to serve.
  • While the broth is simmering with the salsa, shred the cooked chicken by hand. At this point, you have two options, either add the shredded chicken straight to the pot or keep the chicken separate and add a little bit to each bowl as you serve it to make sure everyone who wants some gets some.

Serving the Pozole

  • Wash the lettuce and finely chop. Wash and finely slice the radishes and chop the remaining onions. Slice the avocados and cut the limes into halves.
  • Serve the soup in a traditional ceramic pozole dish, or a bowl, adding some shredded chicken, lettuce, radishes, chopped onion, avocado, a pinch of dry oregano, and lime juice.
  • Accompany with tostadas (by tostadas, I mean fried tortillas, you can get them at Mexican markets or check the Hispanic Food aisle at your store)

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Green Pozole with Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 326 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 36mg12%
Sodium 1304mg57%
Potassium 613mg18%
Carbohydrates 41g14%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 382IU8%
Vitamin C 24mg29%
Calcium 59mg6%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Mexican Classics
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Green pozole, how to make chicken pozole, How to make pozole, pozole verde
Author: Silvia

Notes

Pozole freezes well. Keep it in a hermetically sealed container and freeze up to 3 months.
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Chelzeana
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Chelzeana

I’ve tried this recipe before but I think I missed the part about the 2 whole garlic, What happens to them? Do they need to be take out after being boiled?

Angelica
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Angelica

Been using this recipe for a couple years for this time of the year and it’s always a hit!! Thank you for sharing. ❤

Gabrielle Wietrick
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Gabrielle Wietrick

What exactly flavor wise does the pepitas bring ? Like would it taste better with it I know it says optional but wondering if I should just try it with it

Fabiola Acosta
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Fabiola Acosta

Que receta tan espectacular. A mi esposo le va a encantar. Espero que me quede tan rica como a ti. Seguiré tus pasos al pie de la letra…

Mary
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Mary

Que rico !! Me encanta el pozole ! Tengo tomatillo verde en casa me voy animar !! Y disfrutar el aroma !!

Rory Lassanske
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That is the best recipe for pozole verde with chicken instead of pork. Can’t wait to make it on Sunday.

Andy
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I gonna maje this recipe soon. I love mexican food.

Blanca
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Blanca

Pozole is just perfect for this time of the year, or any time for that matter. My favorite have always been rojo, but green pozole is also delicious! and I like it the say you prepare it with chicken. So yummy!

Estefania
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Estefania

Looks yummy!!! And I am so much into Mexican food lately, I’ll hace to try!!

Kate
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Green pozole is the kind we love the most! Our recipes are very similar but I need to try yours to see if I can pick up any new tricks. 🙂

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