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Chicken Posole

Posole is everything I love about Mexican cuisine. It’s fresh and light, spicy and cool, crunchy and chewy — all in one bowl.

Food - Meals - Chicken PosoleIngredients:

  • 1 lb chicken breast
  • 8 cups sodium chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh oregano
  • 2 clove crushed garlic
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 to teaspoon salt (non-iodized salt, Diamond, or Mortons brands)
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 can hominy (drained and rinsed)

Toppings: (all optional)

  • Diced avocado
  • Lime wedges
  • Diced red, white, or yellow onion
  • Thinly sliced radishes
  • Shredded lettuce or cabbage
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Diced tomatillos
  • Diced green or red bell peppers
  • Chopped cilantro


Pat the chicken breasts dry, then pound them to an even thickness using the bottom of a jar or a meat pounder. Sprinkle them on both sides with salt and pepper.

Heat a tablespoon of avocado oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken breast in a single layer and sear for 1 minute on both sides. Turn the heat to low, cover the pan, and cook for 10 minutes. Remove the pan from heat and cook another 10 minutes with the lid still on. Remove the lid, check that the chicken is cooked through, then set aside.

While the chicken cooks, bring the chicken broth to a rapid simmer over high heat in a large pot. Once boiling, add the bay leaf, thyme, oregano, garlic, cumin, 1 teaspoon of the salt, chili powder, coriander, smoked paprika, and red pepper flakes. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until the chicken is done.

Prepare all the toppings and set aside in small bowls.

Cut chicken into 1 inch pieces. Add the chicken and the drained hominy to the pot. Raise the heat to medium to warm everything through, about 5 minutes. Taste and add more salt or other seasonings if needed. Remove the bay leaf.

Serve the soup in individual bowls with the toppings on the table. Let everyone garnish their soup with whatever toppings they like. Leftover posole will keep for 1 week.

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