Warm up on a Winter’s Night with Weeknight Chicken Posole Recipe

by Donna on January 10, 2010

What could be better on a chilly winter’s night than a bowl of smoky, earthy posole? Better yet, make a huge batch and keep warm in a slow cooker on super bowl Sunday!

Posole is a spicy corn stew and an ancient food that originated in southern Mexico – it has withstood the test of time because it is so easy and flavorful. The native peoples considered corn to be a sacred plant and so posole was a popular and revered dish.

This is an incredibly easy version – from grocery bag to table in 45 minutes!

I have made many varieties in my day, and I like using chicken thighs best in this recipe instead of the traditional pork. The dark chicken meat is full of flavor and stands up to the simmering required for this recipe. And, chicken thighs are one of the best bargains in the grocery store these days – they are usually less than 50 cents each. I used 3 thighs for this recipe, so the whole pot full of posole – which feeds at least four people – was less than $10.

Dicing the roasted poblano chiles
Adding hominy to posole

WEEKNIGHT CHICKEN POSOLE

3 poblano chiles
Meat from three chicken thighs, diced
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 tablespoon ground oregano
4 tablespoons canola oil, divided
6 cloves garlic, diced
1 large onion, diced
4 cups reduced sodium chicken stock
2 tablespoons regular or ancho chile powder (or more taste)
1 tablespoon smoked paprika (or more to taste)
1 tablespoon cumin (or more to taste)
2 cans (15 ounces each) hominy, drained
Salt and pepper to taste
A few dashes Tabasco sauce,  to taste

Cut poblano chiles into strips and place skin side up on a baking sheet. Lightly brush the chiles with a little canola oil. Broil chiles about 3 inches from heat for 2 or 3 minutes, watching closely so as not to burn, until chiles are browned. Remove from oven, let cool and dice.

Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large stockpot.  Mix together the flour and oregano, and then toss the chicken pieces in that mixture. Cook chicken pieces in two batches over medium high heat for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring constantly, until well browned. Remove chicken pieces from pot.

Add remaining oil to pot and add onions, stirring constantly and cooking for abou 2 minutes, until onion begins to be transparent. Add garlic and cook another minute.

Add in all remaining ingredients. Simmer for about 30 minutes. Serve hot garnished with cilantro, avocado, cheese or sour cream, as desired.

Posole has been popular on food blogs lately, so here are some other recipes in the last few weeks by other food bloggers:
Red Posole Recipe, 101 Cookbooks
Pork Neck Posole, Serious Eats
Red Posole Stew, Serious Eats
Red Posole, Homesick Texan
Posole Pork and Hominy Stew, Chaos in the Kitchen
Pork Green Chile Posole, Erika’s Kitchen

– posted by Donna

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whitney January 27, 2011 at 12:38 am

I have this simmering on the stove right now and it is amazing. This is the second recipe of yours that I’ve prepared and your food is great!

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Donna January 27, 2011 at 4:05 am

Whitney – So happy you are trying the posole – Happy Winter to You!

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