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Tomatillo Chicken

  • prep: 15 mins
    total time: 45 mins
  • servings: 4

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Ingredients

  • 2 pounds tomatillos (husks removed), washed and halved
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 whole chicken (3 to 4 pounds), cut into 10 pieces (wings reserved for another use)
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 2 jalapenos, chopped
  • 1/2 medium white onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 can (15 ounces) hominy (optional), drained
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh, cilantro

Directions

  1. Step 1

    In a food processor, puree tomatillos; set aside. In a large Dutch oven or heavy pot, heat oil over medium-high. Season chicken with salt and pepper and add to pot, skin side down. Cook until browned on one side, 6 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

  2. Step 2

    Add jalapenos and onion to pot and cook, stirring frequently, until slightly softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in tomatillo puree and hominy, if using; season with salt and pepper. Nestle chicken, skin side up, in sauce. Cover pot; simmer until chicken is cooked through, 22 to 25 minutes. Stir in cilantro; season with salt and pepper.

Source
Everyday Food, September 2009

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Reviews (11)

  • 14 Jun, 2014

    First, for added flavor and juiciness I use chicken thighs. Then, for a smoother and thicker sauce, I blend the tomatillo, onion, jalapeno pepper, and garlic together in the food processor. Next, to preserve as much of the bright green of the sauce as possible, I simmer the browned chicken thighs, sauce, and hominy in a clean pot. Finally, to ensure the best flavor I season with salt and pepper each step of the process. This is one of my favorite Martha Stewart recipes!

  • 14 Oct, 2013

    Love this recipe...it is only as bland as you want to make it (which I suppose if you follow the recipe exactly it will end up that way). I always broil tomatillos, and I throw in the jalapenos, onion, and garlic as well. Add salt and blend and taste - if it is good, keep going, you're on the right track. Seriously brown the chicken - this adds flavor too. Add salt , cilantro to taste, throw on some crumbled cotija or queso fresco and/or a squirt of lime. Corn tortillas are great on the side

  • 6 Oct, 2013

    I've made a number of Sarah's great recipes; unfortunately this is not one of them. BLAND no matter what. I cant believe thay put this one through the test kitchen. Don't bother trying it; should have read the reviews before I attempted this one.

  • 26 Sep, 2013

    I loved this dish-now part of our rotation. My son is not an adventurous eater, but liked the tangy tomatillos & even loved the hominy. My husband asked I use corn instead (which I did the next time, but it just wasn't the same). I've use chicken breast chunks on occasion, like a stew. Don't be shy with the jalapenos & garlic--need the spice to even out the tang from the tomatillos. A nice variation would be to add Indian spices (my current obsession). Side dish: warm flat or crusty bread.

  • 16 Sep, 2012

    It is bland because the tomatillos should have been roasted then pureed in the blender. Non-roasted tomatillos are simply bland.

  • 4 Sep, 2012

    Made this dish, but stripped the insides of the jalapenos. It was a tad on the bland side. I wouldn't make it again, but I think next time I'll leave the jalapenos and see what happens.

  • 25 Jul, 2011

    I made this following the recipe closely, and it was really delicious. Do gauge the heat of your jalapenos before you add the seeds from both, though - it would be easy to overwhelm the relatively delicate flavor of the simmered tomatillo sauce with the heat of too much pepper, I think. We served the chicken with cumin scented rice and topped it all off with a bit of cotija. Fantastic flavors and easy enough for a weekday.

  • 19 Feb, 2011

    I'm with lklampo--I'm also not sure what to serve as a side dish...basmati rice? Anyone have any suggestions?

  • 17 Jan, 2011

    What would you serve as a side dish?

  • 16 Jan, 2011

    What would you serve as a side dish?

  • 15 Dec, 2010

    It sounded interesting but when I made it as described (and with the help of the video), I was not impressed. Boring, really.