Hearty Chicken Posole

Number of Servings: 12 (439 g)
Active Time: 45 min.
Total Time: 1 hour 30 min.
Hearty Chicken Posole

Posole, also spelled “pozole,” is a Mexican dish which takes its name from the Nahuatl languages and their name for hominy, a product made by soaking dried corn in an alkaline solution. This traditional soup contains a few ingredients that are less commonly used in the northern United States, like hominy and tomatillos. They’re still easy to find in most grocery stores, though, so don’t be afraid to give it a try if these are new to you! Favored garnishes for this dish include chili peppers, onion, garlic, radishes, avocado, salsa, or limes.


  • 9 cups water, divided
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 sweet onion, finely chopped and divided
  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped and divided
  • 1½ lbs. boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1½ lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • ½ cup pepitas
  • 1 lb. tomatillos, husked
  • 2 jalapeño peppers, quartered
  • ¾ cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided
  • ½ tsp. oregano
  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 (15 oz.) cans white hominy, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tsp. salt


  1. Bring 8 cups water, bay leaf, half of onion, half of garlic, and salt to a boil, covered, in a large, heavy-bottomed pot. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes.
  2. Add chicken and poach at a simmer, uncovered, until cooked through (20 minutes). Transfer chicken to a cutting board. Strain cooking liquid. Discard solids and reserve broth. When chicken is cool enough to handle, shred it coarsely.
  3. While chicken cools, toast pumpkin seeds in a small skillet over low heat, stirring occasionally, until puffed (6-7 minutes). Grind to a coarse powder using either a spice grinder or a mortar and pestle.
  4. Simmer tomatillos and remaining onion in remaining 1 cup water in a medium saucepan, covered, until tender (10-12 minutes). Drain liquid and purée vegetables in a blender with jalapeños, ¼ cup cilantro, oregano, and remaining garlic.
  5. Heat oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Carefully add purée and cook, stirring frequently, until thickened (10-12 minutes).
  6. Stir in pumpkin seeds and 1 cup reserved broth. Simmer 5 minutes. Stir in shredded chicken, hominy, salt, and 3 more cups reserved broth. Simmer, partially covered, 20 minutes.
  7. Stir in remaining ½ cup cilantro to serve.

Nutrition Facts

12 servings per container

Serving Size 439 g

Amount per serving
Calories 250
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8.5g 12%
Saturated Fat 1.5g 8%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 2.5g
Cholesterol 95mg 32%
Sodium 530mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 4g
Includes 0g Added Sugars 0%
Sugar Alcohol 0g
Other Carbohydrate 8g
Protein 27g
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 34.5mg 2%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 530mg 10%
Vitamin A 16mcg 2%
Vitamin C 9.4mg 10%
Vitamin E 0.9mg 6%
Vitamin K 12mcg 10%
Thiamin 0.2mg 15%
Riboflavin 0.3mg 15%
Niacin 15.1mg 90%
Vitamin B6 0.8mg 45%
Folate 21.6mcg 5%
Vitamin B12 0.5mcg 20%
Biotin 0mcg 0%
Chloride 0mg 0%
Pantothenate 1.8mg 40%
Phosphorus 342.4mg 25%
Iodine 0mcg 0%
Magnesium 85mg 20%
Zinc 2.6mg 25%
Selenium 29.1mcg 50%
Copper 0.2mg 20%
Manganese 0.4mg 15%
Chromium 0mcg 0%
Molybdenum 1.9mcg 4%

* The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


Water, White Hominy, Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs, Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast, Tomatillos, Sweet Onion, Pumpkin Seeds, Jalapeno Peppers, Garlic, Vegetable Oil, Cilantro, Salt, Oregano, Bay Leaf.

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