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Green Chicken Pozole

Green Chicken Pozole (Pozole Verde de Pollo) is a tasty and comforting Mexican stew. It’s filled with chicken and hominy swimming in a tangy tomatillo sauce.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr 20 mins
Total Time1 hr 40 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 339kcal


To Cook the Chicken:

  • 10 cups water
  • 1 4 lbs chicken (skin removed, cut into 8 pieces)
  • 1 onion
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 bay leaf

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 Make the Pozole:


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.



If using rotisserie chicken, cook for only 10 minutes. 
Shredded cabbage, Shredded lettuce, Diced onion, Cilantro, Radishes, Oregano, Lime, Jalapeno slices, Toasted Chile de Arbol


Calories: 339kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Iron: 2mg