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Pozole Rojo de Pollo (Red Pozole)

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If you’ve never heard of pozole rojo de pollo, keep reading because this is a must try recipe! This authentic and hearty traditional Mexican soup has a great boost of flavor from dried chili varieties.

Ancho chilies are more readily available in most grocery stores, but guajillo chilies can be much harder to find in many areas. However, you can usually find both in Mexican speciality markets and ordered online.

Pozole is traditionally made with pork, this flavorful version features boneless, skinless chicken breasts instead. This brothy, flavorful soup is perfect served with classic pozole toppings, including sliced radishes, shredded cabbage or lettuce, diced avocado, red onions, and/or fresh chopped cilantro.

Pozole Rojo de Pollo is a traditional Mexican soup that is perfect for cinco de mayo or any other time of year when you want a nice warm bowl of posole.

Pozole Rojo de Pollo (Red Pozole)

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 45 minutes (or up to 4 hours)
Serves: 4

Ingredients:

3 large dried ancho chilies, stems removed and deseeded
2-3 dried guajillo chilies, stems removed and deseeded
2 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
2 T. extra virgin olive oil, divided
½ medium yellow onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
1¼ t. ground cumin
1 t. dried Mexican oregano
½ t. smoked paprika
¼ t. ground cinnamon
2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 whole bay leaves
4 c. chicken stock
1 25-oz. can hominy, with liquid
3-4 small radishes, thinly sliced
3 T. fresh cilantro, chopped
1 large lime, cut into 8 wedges

Pozole Rojo de Pollo

Directions:

1. Place dried chilies and smashed garlic in a small saucepan and add enough water to cover. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook until the chilies soften, around 5-6 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

2. While the chilies are simmering, heat olive oil in a large soup pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is soft and translucent, around 4-5 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste.

3. Add ground cumin, Mexican oregano, smoked paprika, and cinnamon. Stir to combine and cook for 1-2 minutes, or just until the spices become fragrant.

4. Add chicken and reduce heat to medium. Cook until lightly browned on all sides, around 2-3 minutes per side.

5. Add bay leaves, chicken stock, and hominy. Increase heat to medium-high and bring the mixture to a rapid simmer.

6. Once simmering, transfer the ancho and guajillo chilies mixture to a blender or a food processor and blend until smooth. Pour chili mixture into the pot and reduce heat to just below medium. Partially cover with a lid and cook for at least 30 minutes or up to 4 hours to give the flavors more time to develop.

7. After at least 30 minutes, remove from heat and carefully shred the chicken using two forks while still in the pot. Remove bay leaves and discard.

8. Ladle hot soup into individual serving bowls and top with sliced radishes, fresh cilantro, or other desired toppings. Serve immediately with fresh lime wedges for squeezing. Enjoy!

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Pozole Rojo de Pollo (Red Pozole)

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 5

Ingredients

  • 3 large dried ancho chilies, stems removed and deseeded
  • 2-3 dried guajillo chilies, stems removed and deseeded
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/4 ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dried Mexican oregano
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 whole bay leaves
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 25-oz. can hominy, with liquid
  • 3-4 small radishes, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 large lime, cut into 8 wedges

Instructions

  1. Place dried chilies and smashed garlic in a small saucepan and add enough water to cover. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook until the chilies soften, around 5-6 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

  2. While the chilies are simmering, heat olive oil in a large soup pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is soft and translucent, around 4-5 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste. 

  3. Add ground cumin, Mexican oregano, smoked paprika, and cinnamon. Stir to combine and cook for 1-2 minutes, or just until the spices become fragrant. 

  4. Add chicken and reduce heat to medium. Cook until lightly browned on all sides, around 2-3 minutes per side. 

  5. Add bay leaves, chicken stock, and hominy. Increase heat to medium-high and bring the mixture to a rapid simmer.

  6. Once simmering, transfer the ancho and guajillo chilies mixture to a blender or a food processor and blend until smooth. Pour chili mixture into the pot and reduce heat to just below medium. Partially cover with a lid and cook for at least 30 minutes or up to 4 hours to give the flavors more time to develop. 

  7. After at least 30 minutes, remove from heat and carefully shred the chicken using two forks while still in the pot. Remove bay leaves and discard. 

  8. Ladle hot soup into individual serving bowls and top with sliced radishes, fresh cilantro, or other desired toppings. Serve immediately with fresh lime wedges for squeezing. Enjoy!


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