Pozole Verde - Green Chicken Pozole

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This authentic Mexican Pozole Verde packed with chicken and hominy in the most delicious green chile broth is the ultimate comfort food. Add all your favorite toppings for an amazing meal. Jump to Recipe

377 CALORIES 30g CARBS 11g FAT 37g PROTEIN
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This pozole verde recipe will have you eating at home instead of at the Mexican restaurant! Made with fresh tomatillos and two different spicy peppers, you will feel like a professional chef - it's that good.

There is nothing better than a warm, spicy bowl of green chicken pozole on a cold night. It's possibly one of my all-time favorite soups. After having a delicious (but definitely not Weight Watchers friendly) pork version at my favorite Mexican restaurant, I had to find a way to make this at home - without ruining my diet.

Let me tell you - I did it! Make a batch of this spicy soup for yourself, and you'll agree - this is even better than the kind at the restaurant. Plus, it keeps you within your eating habits to stay healthy.

Green chicken pozole in two bowls with shredded chicken, hominy, green broth, abocado, and sliced radishes.

Key Ingredients For Pozole Verde

The secret to this pozole is to use the freshest ingredients you can find. You'll notice a difference when you use fresh-chopped peppers and garlic cloves. Here's a bit more information about what I used in my soup.

  • Onion: Use either white or yellow onion. It will bring out the spicy flavors in the peppers.
  • Jalapeno and Poblano Chile Peppers: The type of peppers you use depends on how spicy you want it to taste. I included both jalapeno and poblano peppers, but you can use either one or both.
  • Garlic Cloves: Use whole garlic cloves for this recipe.
  • Chicken: Either chicken thighs or chicken breast will work for this recipe, just make sure that you use boneless skinless chicken.
  • Tomatillos: Husk and wash fresh tomatillos - they taste way better.
  • Cilantro and Spices: I used salt, dried oregano, and fresh cilantro. If you don't like how cilantro tastes, replace it with fresh parsley.
  • Hominy: Use a 28-ounce can for this soup - it is an excellent source of protein.
  • Chicken broth: Make sure to choose a flavorful broth or stock since it is the backbone of the soup. Kick up the flavor with some bay leaves if it needs more depth.

Note: For a full list of ingredients and detailed instructions on how to make this spicy chicken soup, take a look at the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post!

What is pozole?

Pozole, also called posole, is a traditional Mexican stew made meat and hominy simmered in a flavorful broth made with Mexican chilies. It comes in two main varieties - red (pozole rojo) and green (pozole verde).  Red pozole is made with dried chilies and green pozole is made with fresh jalapenos, cilantro, and tomatillos.  Traditionally pozole is made with pork, although green pozole is often made with chicken as well. 

The ingredient that you will always find in pozole is hominy. Hominy is a type of maize (corn) that has been treated with lime juice. It's usually found with the canned products in the Mexican or Latin section of the grocery store. 

What To Serve With Pozole Verde

This soup can either be a starter for your main meal, or it can be your entire lunch. Either way, it tastes fantastic with any of your favorite Mexican recipes. Serve some baked tortilla chips or baked tostada shells. Then add all the delicious toppings - queso fresco, cilantro, cabbage, radishes, lime wedges, sliced jalapenos, and avocado.

If you are going to serve this soup as a starter, then pair it with slow cooker beef machaca. It has different textures but lots of the same flavors. Add some Mexican cauliflower rice on the side, and you have a healthy meal.

Recipe Tips And Ideas For Pozole Verde Soup

Follow these tips to make sure that this soup turns out spicy and flavorful every single time!

  • Saute the garlic, onion, and peppers until they are fragrant - this takes about 5 minutes. Don't speed this up! It will enhance how the soup tastes if you give it plenty of time.
  • Use an immersion blender to create a smooth broth. If you don't have an immersion blender, add small amounts of the soup to a stand-alone blender.
  • Speed up the chicken-shredding process with an electric mixer. Place all the chicken in a large mixing bowl and use an electric mixer. It will quickly shred the chicken in just a minute or two.
  • Want a shortcut? Instead of making your own salsa verde with tomatillos, cilantro, onions, and garlic - simply buy a store-bought salsa verde. Make sure to choose one that tastes great since it will be the main flavor component of the soup. Simply combine it with the chicken stock and simmer for at least 15 minutes. Taste it and adjust the seasoning as needed with extra jalapenos, cilantro, or more sauce. Once it tastes great, simmer the chicken in the stew until it easily shreds. Add the hominy to the pot and dinner is done!

Pozole verde with chicken in a bowl with radishes, cilantro, avocado, hominy, and cucumbers.

Frequently Asked Questions About Pozole Verde

Here are some questions I frequently get asked about by some readers…

How do I make pozole verde less spicy?

There are a few ways to make this taste mild. First, make sure you removed the jalapeno and poblano pepper seeds as the seeds are where most of the heat is located.

If you removed the seeds and it is still too spicy, then use only one type of pepper - preferably the jalapeno as it is milder.

Can I make this pozole in the slow cooker?

Yes, this is a really easy soup to make in the slow cooker. Add all of the ingredients in the crockpot and let the appliance do all the work for you! Cook the chicken verde soup on low for 6-8 hours or for 4-6 hours on high. It really is that easy!

What are the best toppings for chicken pozole?

Keep in mind that you are also adding calories and fat whenever you add toppings, so only add them if it fits into your lifestyle.

Some of the best toppings for this soup include sour cream, fresh avocado slices, or shredded cheese.

Can I use pork instead of chicken?

Yes, you can substitute with pork tenderloin instead of chicken breast. It is just as lean as chicken and has lots of the same textures You could also use a pork shoulder, which is traditional used in pozole. It will just need to cook longer so the pork becomes nice and tender.

What is the safe cooking temperature of chicken?

Using an instant-read cooking thermometer is the best way to make sure your meat is fully cooked. The safe internal cooking temperature of the chicken is 165 degrees F.

Can I add more vegetables to this stew?

While pozole doesn't traditionally have extra vegetables, you could add zucchini, spinach, or kale to the soup. Also - pozole is delicious topped with lots of veggies like freshly;y shredded cabbage, diced onions, sliced radishes, cilantro, and jalapenos.

Mexican pozole verde with shredded chicken and hominy in two bowls with jaalpeno, cilantro, and radishes.

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Pozole Verde - Green Chicken Pozole

Pozole Verde - Green Chicken Pozole

PREP TIME: 10 Min
COOK TIME: 45 Min
TOTAL TIME: 55 Min
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Ingredients

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  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 U onion, chopped
  • 2 U jalapenos, chopped (seeded for less spicy, more to taste)
  • 1 U poblano peppers, chopped (seeded if you don’t want it too spicy)
  • 4 U garlic cloves, whole
  • 2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken thighs (or chicken breast)
  • 1 lb tomatillos (husked and washed)
  • 6 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tsp kosher salt (more to taste)
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 cup cilantro
  • 28 oz canned hominy

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Instructions

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Heat the vegetable oil in a large Dutch oven or soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion, jalapeno peppers, poblano peppers, and garlic. Cook for 4-5 minutes.

Onions, jalapenos, poblanos, and garlic sautéing in a pan.
2

Add the chicken, tomatillos, and chicken broth. Bring to a simmer and cover. Cook for 30-35 minutes until the chicken is fork-tender. If using chicken breast, watch carefully so it doesn't overcook and become tough.

Chicken being adding to a pot with broth and tomatillos.
3

Use a slotted spoon to remove the chicken. Shred the chicken using two forks.

Chicken being removed from a pot.
4

Add the cilantro to the pot. Use an immersion blender to blend to create a smooth broth. You can also add the broth to a blender with the cilantro if you don't have an immersion blender.

Green broth with cilantro being blended.
5

Add the chicken and hominy to the pot. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes. Taste and season with salt and pepper.

Shredded chicken and hominy being added to a pot of pozole.
6

Serve in bowls and add your favorite garnishes – radishes, fresh lime, fresh cilantro, fresh jalapeno, avocado, or crispy tortilla strips.

Pozole verde with radishes, hominy, and baked tostadas.
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Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 2 cups
Amount Per Serving
Calories 377
Calories from Fat 52
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g
9%
Saturated Fat 2g
4%
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
0%
Cholesterol 132mg
0%
Sodium 982mg
43%
Total Carbohydrate 30g
10%
Dietary Fiber 6g
24%
Sugars 7g
Protein 37g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

Notes

Garnish ideas: shredded cabbage, radishes, queso fresco, tortilla chips, avocado, lime, onion, jalapeños, or cucumbers.

Mexican pozole verde with shredded chicken and hominy in a green chile broth topped with radishes and avocado.
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Sound wonderful, but I would like to take a short cut and use bottled salsa verde. How much of it and how much broth would you recommend?
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