Easy & Expert Recipes For Chicken Posole

Chicken Posole Two Ways — Beginner and Expert

I don't often throw big blowouts like Party does, but I still love an excuse to celebrate in my own way. So, to honor Mexican Independence Day (which just happens to be today — olé!), I'm making a spicy soup called chicken posole. With chicken broth, roasted chicken, hominy, and chiles, this rustic stew is down-home, South-of-the-border cooking at its best. Since I'm preparing ahead, I'll be putting together an elaborate rendition with homemade chicken stock, flash-fried tortilla strips, and pureéd ancho chiles, but in the future, when another posole craving inevitably strikes, I'll reach for a similar two-step recipe that does the trick, too. Decide which recipe's best for you.

Beginner Chicken Posole

Beginner Chicken Posole

Easy Recipe For Chicken Posole

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, thinly sliced
kosher salt and black pepper
1 32-ounce container low-sodium chicken broth
1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
1 dried ancho chili, thinly sliced, or 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken meat
1 15-ounce can hominy, rinsed
1 lime, cut into wedges

Directions

  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and 1⁄4 teaspoon each salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and beginning to brown, 10 to 12 minutes.
  2. Add the broth, tomatoes, and chili and bring to a boil. Stir in the chicken and hominy and simmer until heated through, 3 to 4 minutes. Serve with the lime.

Serves 4.

Nutritional information per serving: Calories 271, Fat 10g, Saturated fat 2g, Cholesterol 66mg, Sodium 788mg, Protein 26g, Fiber 4g, Carbohydrate 21g

Expert Chicken Posole

Expert Chicken Posole

Expert Recipe For Chicken Posole

Ingredients

For rich chicken stock:
4 pounds chicken bones, chopped
3 large Spanish onions, quartered (skin left on)
1/2 head celery, coarsely chopped
2 large carrots, coarsely chopped
3 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 bay leaves
1/4 cup whole peppercorns
Small bunch flat-leaf parsley, stems only
6 sprigs fresh thyme
For soup:
2 ancho chiles, soaked in water to soften
1-ounce dried porcini mushrooms, soaked in water until soft, drained, and chopped
1 (28-ounce) can hominy
2 roasted chicken breasts, skin removed and meat shredded
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup shredded white Cheddar
For fried blue and white corn tortillas:
2 cups peanut oil
2 blue corn tortillas, julienned
2 white corn tortillas, julienned
Kosher salt

Directions

  1. Make 6 cups rich chicken stock: Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Combine chicken bones, onions, celery, and carrots in a large roasting pan; toss with oil and season lightly with salt and pepper. Roast until the bones and vegetables are a rich golden brown, about 30 to 40 minutes. Transfer the bones and vegetables to a large stockpot, add 12 cups cold water, and the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 4 hours, skimming the scum that rises to the top with a ladle every 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and strain through a mesh strainer into a clean pot. Place back on the stove over high heat and cook until reduced by half. Use immediately or let cool to room temperature, cover, and refrigerate or freeze until ready to use.
  2. Make fried blue and white corn tortillas: Heat oil in a high sided large saute pan until it reaches 350 degrees F. Add the tortillas in 2 batches and cook until just crisp. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels and season with salt immediately.
  3. Make posole: Place stock in a medium saucepan, reserving 1/4 cup, and bring to a simmer. Meanwhile, place remaining 1/4 cup stock and the rehydrated ancho chiles in a blender and puree until combined. Add pureed anchos, porcini, and hominy and cook for 10 minutes. Add the chicken and cilantro and cook for 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. Ladle soup into bowls and top with cheese and some fried tortillas.

Serves 4.

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