Posole Verde

Posole Verde
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Posole Verde
Arthur Bovino
Posole Verde with Chicken

For those from the Southwest and Texas, posole needs no introduction. It's a long-simmered, heart-warming, traditional pre-Columbian soup from Mexico that's traditionally made with pig's head, nixtamalized cacahuazintle corn, chile peppers, and meat — usually pork. Filling, flavorful, hearty — posole would seem to be a soup that should be more renowned. But the cooking time associated with traditional posole recipes often deters home cooks; between preparing hominy and boiling the pig's head, many are inclined to put off making the soup. Which is why not so long ago, it was interesting to note one attempt to bottle the soup.

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It's also why this homemade, largely healthy, set-it-and-forget-it recipe for posole verde with chicken is a godsend. Light, flavorful, bright and colorful, it's a delicious bowl of soup to brace against the elements with. Just don't forget the accoutrements. They're the difference between a good bowl of soup, and a great one.

4
Servings
818
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

For the Posole

  • 1 Cup hominy (soaked overnight)
  • 6 Cups chicken stock
  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 1 Pound tomatillos
  • 2 poblanos
  • 1 serrano chile
  • 1 spanish onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon cumin
  • 4 scallions, chopped
  • 2 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • 2 limes
  • cotija or queso blanco, crumbled
  • 8 cabbage leaves
  • Cilantro leaves, whole or julienned
  • Crema

Accoutrements

Directions

For the Posole

You're going to need to soak your hominy in water overnight to soften it up a bit. When you're ready to start cooking, simmer the hominy in water for about 1 hour (or until it becomes toothsome), then remove from heat and drain.

While the chicken is cooking, combine in a blender or food processor: tomatillos, poblanos, serrano, Spanish onion, garlic, and cilantro and purée until smooth. Once the stock has come to a boil and the chicken is cooked through, reduce to a simmer, remove chicken, and allow it to cool so you can shred it with your fingers or use 2 forks. But before shredding chicken, add the hominy and puréed mixture to the stock. Return shredded chicken to simmering stock. Adjust liquid (if there is too much liquid reduce it), and season with salt, pepper, and cumin to taste.

While the soup is settling, prepare the accoutrements (never underestimate the importance of accoutrements!). Chop the scallions, slice the radishes, cube the avocados, quarter the limes, crumble the cotija, julienne the cabbage, pick and clean the cilantro, dollop out the crema, and arrange for your diners to garnish their plates. 

Ladle out portions balanced with chicken and hominy and dig in!

Accoutrements

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
17g
24%
Sugar
19g
21%
Saturated Fat
4g
17%
Cholesterol
18mg
6%
Carbohydrate, by difference
143g
100%
Protein
27g
59%
Vitamin A, RAE
9µg
1%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
14mg
19%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
12µg
13%
Calcium, Ca
44mg
4%
Choline, total
10mg
2%
Fiber, total dietary
9g
36%
Folate, total
111µg
28%
Iron, Fe
5mg
28%
Magnesium, Mg
50mg
16%
Niacin
5mg
36%
Phosphorus, P
99mg
14%
Selenium, Se
1µg
2%
Sodium, Na
2972mg
100%
Water
263g
10%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Posole Shopping Tip

Basic Latin ingredients include chiles, rice, adobo seasoning, and beans.

Posole Cooking Tip

Latin food often packs a lot of heat, so try to moderate the amount of chiles and spices you use for your dish.