Tomatillo Chicken

Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
45 mins

This chicken stew uses the flavor of the whole chicken and tangy tomatillos and traditional Mexican enhancements such as cilantro, garlic, and onion to full advantage.


  • 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

  • ½ medium white onion, chopped

  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped

  • 1 can (15 ounces) hominy (optional), drained

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro


  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. 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.

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