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Green Chicken Pozole (Pozole Verde de Pollo) is so tasty and so comforting!
I like to make things easy for myself during the cooler months. There’s too much going on with all the holiday activities.
To save on time, I make extra sauces when I have a chance. That way, dinner is ready in a snap!
I do the same thing with Red Chicken Pozole. That is, I will make the red sauce ahead of time.
My family gets fed a home cooked meal, and the local pizza place isn’t delivering … again.
How to Make Salsa Verde
- Add green tomatillo, onion, garlic, and water in a stock pot.
- Bring to a boil and cook for 7 minutes.
- Blend all the ingredients with salt and cilantro.
Here, we’re making a basic salsa verde.
Try making a double batch and freezing it in a sealable bag for up to 6 months.
In fact, you can use store-bought salsa verde instead and save yourself this step.
Whats the difference between red and green pozole?
The main difference is the sauce used. In red pozole, a red chile sauce is used to make the stew. In green pozole, as in this recipe, a green tomatillo sauce is used.
How to Cook the Chicken
- Add the chicken, salt, pepper, bay leaf, onion, garlic, and water in a large stock pot.
- Bring to a boil and cook.
- Discard the onion, garlic, bay leaf.
- Before shredding, let the chicken cool slightly.
Leave the chicken broth in the stock pot for the next step in this recipe.
Use rotisserie chicken. Remove the skin and skip this step completely.
Another idea, cook chicken and freeze it ahead of time. The tangy and robust flavors from the sauce will mask any freezer burn.
- To the chicken broth, add the shredded chicken, salsa verde, oregano, and bay leaf.
- Cover and cook.
What are the three varieties of pozole?
There are three main varieties of pozole – green, white, and red. Either the stew is made with green salsa verde as in this recipe, white with no salsa, or red pozole made with a red chile salsa. The protein varies from pork, chicken, or even vegetarian as in Pozole de Frjiol.
- Rinse the hominy and add to the pot.
- Then, cook for 5 minutes, or until heated through.
Pozole gets its name from the Náhuatl word “pozolli” and refers to the foam produced when corn is boiled. This stew dates back to pre-colonial times.
If you can’t find corn hominy at your local grocery store, you can always buy it online.
Can you eat hominy raw?
When found in a can, the hominy is already cooked. You can even eat it out of the can.
In the fridge, store the pozole covered for up to 5 days. Or, store in a sealable freezer bag for up to 4 months.
Ideas for Toppings
- Shredded cabbage
- Shredded lettuce
- Diced onion
- Jalapeno slices
- Toasted Chile de Arbol
A combination of these toppings is what makes an amazing and wholesome Green Chicken Pozole (or Pozole Verde de Pollo) recipe.
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Green Chicken Pozole
To Cook the Chicken:
For the Salsa Verde:
- 2 lbs tomatillos (about 16) husks removed and rinsed
- 4 serrano peppers stems removed
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1/4 onion
- 4 cups water
- 1/2 bunch cilantro
- 1 lime juice
- 1 tsp salt
To Cook the Chicken:
- In a large stock pot, add the chicken, onion, garlic, salt, pepper, and bay leaf.
- Cover with water and cook for 1 hour.
- Once cooked, remove the chicken to cool slightly.
- Discard the onion, garlic, and bay leaf.
- Reserve the chicken broth inside the stock pot.
- Shred the chicken and set aside.
For the Salsa:
- Remove the husks from the tomatillos and rinse well.
- Place the tomatillos, serranos, onion, and garlic in a medium stock pot.
- Cover with water and bring to boil.
- Simmer for 7 minutes.
- Discard the water.
- Add all the ingredients from the pot into a blender.
- To the blender, also add salt, lime juice, and cilantro.
- Blend until smooth.
- Set aside until ready to use.
To Make the Pozole:
- Add the oregano, bay leaf, salt, shredded chicken, and salsa to the pot with the chicken broth.
- Drain and rinse the hominy.
- Add the hominy to the pot and cook covered for 10 minutes.
- Serve with your favorite toppings and enjoy.
Just mde it today! Easy, healthy and really delicious!! Thank you!
Yay! So glad you liked this recipe. You’re quite welcome.
OMG, sooooo good! Thanks so much for the recipe. Will definitely be making it again.
Thank you, love it when people try my recipes. So glad you enjoyed it!
This soup was delicious! Such great flavor!
Thanks for your comment.
Green chicken pozole looks yum.
Thanks. It is YUM!
So warm and cozy!
Yes! The best.
I am so in love with pozole! Thanks for the easy tips anc recipe. A favourite now 🙂
I’m in love with pozole too. Glad you enjoyed it!
An outstanding recipe that proves Mexican food can be healthful as well as delicious! Fun for St Patrick’s day! Thanks
Yes, I twist on St. Patricks Day, for sure.
I love pork pozole and have made it many times. I like yor recipe, but I would use pork. .
I have the pork version posted on here too. This is more for people who prefer chicken.
Planning on making this week just a quick question when do you add the salsa? I’m guessing when you add the chicken back in the broth..?
Yes, exactly. Add the chicken broth and salsa to the pot. Hope you enjoy!
Absolutely delicious! My husband couldn’t get enough of it.
Thank you! Hope you and your husband like it.