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Chicken Posole

Posole is a hearty Mexican soup made with hominy and a variety of fresh vegetables.  This version has shredded chicken and gets its distinct flavor from jalapeno peppers, chili powder, cumin, cilantro, and lime juice.

Real Simple DECEMBER 2004

  • Yield: Makes 12 servings
  • Prep time: 45 Minutes
  • Other: 1 Hour, 30 Minutes


  • 1 4 ½- to 5-pound chicken
  • 4 medium onions
  • 1 celery stalk, cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 4 to 6 sprigs parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 fresh poblano chiles, seeded and chopped, or two 4 ½-ounce cans
  • 3 fresh jalapeños, seeded and chopped
  • 4 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 15-ounce cans hominy, drained
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground or dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice


Place the chicken, 1 onion (peeled and quartered), and the celery, parsley, and pepper in a large Dutch oven or stockpot. Add 12 cups of water and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 1 hour. Remove the chicken from the broth, let cool, and remove the meat from the bones, shredding it into bite-size pieces; set aside. Strain the cooking liquid and discard the solids, then pour the liquid back into the pot. Coarsely chop the remaining onions. Add the chopped onions, poblanos, jalapeños, and garlic. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken, hominy, salt, cumin, chili powder, and oregano. Reduce heat to a simmer and let cook for 30 minutes. Before serving, stir in the cilantro and lime juice. Serve warm and top with tortilla chips, chopped avocado, and sliced radishes, if desired.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calcium: 36mg
  • Calories: 200
  • Calories from fat: 28%
  • Carbohydrate: 14g
  • Cholesterol: 61mg
  • Fat: 6g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Iron: 2mg
  • Protein: 22mg
  • Saturated fat: 2g
  • Sodium: 770mg

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