CHICKEN POZOLE VERDE SOUP
Tangy rich broth loaded with shredded chicken, soft hominy, crispy tortilla chips and chunks of creamy avocado, does it get any better than this? Not in my opinion. This soup warms the soul and leaves you feeling satisfied and energized!
For 6 to 8 servings
Recipe adopted from Anya Von Bremzen
7 c low sodium chicken stock
2 c water
4 chicken breasts (bone in, skin on)
1 pound tomatillos, husked and halved
1 yellow onion, quartered
2 poblano chiles- cored, seeded and quartered
2 jalapeños. seeded and quartered
4 large garlic cloves, smashed
1/2 c chopped cilantro
1 tbsp oregano leaves
salt & pepper
1 tbsp vegetable oil
Three 15- ounce cans of hominy, drained
Sliced radishes, chopped onion, diced avocado, soup cream, cilantro, tortilla chips and lime wedges for serving.
In a large, enameled cast-iron casserole, bring the chicken stock and water to a boil. Add the chicken breasts, skin side down, cover and simmer over very low heat until they're tender and cooked through, about 25 minutes. Transfer the chicken breasts to a plate and shred the meat; discard the bones and skin. Skim any fat from the cooking liquid and reserve.
In a blender, combine the halved tomatillos with the quartered onion, poblanos and jalapeños, smashed garlic, chopped cilantro and oregano. Pulse until coarsely chopped, scraping down the side. With the machine on, add 1 cup of the cooking liquid and puree until smooth. Season the tomatillo puree with salt and pepper.
In a large deep skillet, heat the vegetable oil until shimmering. Add the tomatillo puree and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the sauce turns a deep green, about 12 minutes.
Pour the green sauce into the cooking liquid in the casserole. Add the hominy and bring to a simmer over moderate heat. Add the shredded chicken to the stew, season with salt and pepper and cook just until heated through. Serve the pozole in deep bowls, passing the lettuce, radishes, onion, avocado, sour cream, tortilla chips and lime wedges at the table.