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Pozole Rojo de Pollo (Red Pozole with Chicken)

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This hearty, classic Mexican soup gets a big boost of flavor from two dried chili varieties: Ancho chilies, the dried versions of the relatively mild poblano pepper, and guajillos chilies, the dried version of the hotter mirasol pepper. 

Traditionally made with pork, this flavorful version features boneless, skinless chicken breasts and can be served with classic pozole toppings.

Pozole Rojo de Pollo (Red Pozole with Chicken)

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
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Pozole Rojo de Pollo (Red Pozole with Chicken)

This hearty, classic Mexican soup gets a big boost of flavor from two dried chili varieties: Ancho chilies, the dried versions of the relatively mild poblano pepper, and guajillos chilies, the dried version of the hotter mirasol pepper. 
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Course: chicken dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 554kcal
Author: Iva Ursano

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
  • ½ medium yellow onion diced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dried Mexican oregano
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ¼ tsp 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 tbsp fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1 large lime cut into 8 wedges

Instructions

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Add chicken and reduce heat to medium. Cook until lightly browned on all sides, around 2-3 minutes per side.
  • Add bay leaves, chicken stock, and hominy. Increase heat to medium-high and bring the mixture to a rapid simmer.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!

Notes

Cook time could go up to 4 hours

Nutrition

Calories: 554kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 50g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 141mg | Sodium: 488mg | Potassium: 1112mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 159IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 6mg
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Iva discovered the keto diet back in 2020 and has experimented with it, off and on. She recently took over this site and shares experiences, her knowledge and some yummy recipes. She also runs a women only website Women Blazing Trails.

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