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Posted on Mon, Oct 24, 2011 : 9:09 a.m.

Pozole (Mexican Chicken and Hominy Stew) is satisfying and comes together quickly with a few shortcuts

By Peggy Lampman


Pozole (a quick version of a traditional Mexican stew)

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This delicious chicken stew is a greatly abbreviated version of pozole (pronounced "poh-SOH-leh"), a traditional Mexican stew. I turn to this recipe when I want a quick, satisfying and easy dinner. I took several shortcuts, using a store-bought salsa verde for instance, and if I'd purchased a rotisserie chicken (instead of poaching chicken breasts), it would save even more time.

Most regions in Mexico have their own version of pozole, as do many homes in Ann Arbor neighborhoods. I'm making a chicken posole flavored with tomatillo, onion and green chilis, and the tomatilla salsa I purchased does most of the the work combining all three of these ingredients.

Pozole is typically served with thinly sliced radishes, shredded lettuce, finely chopped onion, chopped cilantro, sliced avocado, tortilla chips and lime wedges passed on the side. Toasted pumpkin seeds would provide a pleasant crunch.

Yield: 4-6
Time to simmer chicken: 25 minutes

Active Time: 20 minutes


4 cups chicken stock
4 large skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

1 (12-ounce) jar tomatillo salsa or salsa verde *

2,15-ounce cans of hominy, drained and rinsed

1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro

Red chili pepper flakes

Pick and Choose Garnishes: Finely shredded iceberg lettuce, sliced radishes, chopped onion, diced avocado, sour cream, tortilla chips and lime wedges.


1. In a large, heavy bottomed casserole or pot bring the chicken stock to a slow boil. Add the chicken breasts, cover, reduce heat and simmer over very low heat until chicken is cooked through, about 25 minutes. Reserve cooking liquid. Transfer the chicken breasts to a plate or cutting board, shred the chicken when cool enough to handle.
2. Reduce the cooking liquid over high heat 10 minutes. Combine the tomatilla salsa with the stock. Add the hominy and shredded chicken and bring to a simmer over medium heat. When hot, stir in cilantro. Season to taste, if needed, with kosher salt and chili pepper flakes.
3. Garnish individual bowls of soup with your choice of garnish or pass on the side.

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Ron Granger

Mon, Oct 24, 2011 : 2:46 p.m.

The Pozole at Le Dog is *out of this world* good. I believe he offers it only 4 times a year, because it is a lot of work (more than most of his soups). I suspect it is much more complex than this recipe.

Peggy Lampman

Mon, Oct 24, 2011 : 10:11 p.m.

All of the soups at Le Dog are divine! I guarantee their recipe is more complex than this quick-fix version. Thanks for the comment!

Tom Teague

Mon, Oct 24, 2011 : 2:58 p.m.

I've actually never gotten in line early enough to have Le Dog Pozole, but I have heard the yummy noises from the satisfied diners who got to the window ahead of me.

Tom Teague

Mon, Oct 24, 2011 : 1:24 p.m.

Thank you for this recipe, Peggy. Pozole is a great treat. A business associate in New Mexico said to remember two things when you visit a restaurant there: When asked "Red or Green?"the best answer is "Green. On the side." And if it's not on the menu, ask whether the restaurant is serving Pozole.

Peggy Lampman

Mon, Oct 24, 2011 : 10:10 p.m.

Interesting. Thanks, Tom. For me, I always prefer "green" in SWest cooking. It often means tomatillas are involved, which I adore! Thanks for the comment!