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Green Chicken Posole Soup

Made from a base of thick, sweet hominy and tart tomatillos, this green chicken posole soup is a step beyond the more familiar tortilla soup.

Green Chicken Posole Soup

If you are unfamiliar with posole soup, it’s a celebratory dish with Mexican roots often served at important occasions such as weddings, birthdays and quinceañeras. Made from a base of thick, sweet hominy and tart tomatillos, this green chicken posole soup is a step beyond the normal tortilla soup you are likely more familiar with.

The toppings truly make this dish so don’t skimp on the avocado and queso fresco. Cook up a big batch and freeze the extras to have on hand for busy weeks (leave the toppings off when freezing).

 

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Green Chicken Posole Soup

  • 25m
  • 20m
  • 45m

Ingredients

  • 1 qt hominy
  • 1 lb tomatillo
  • 1 onion
  • 3 poblano chiles
  • 2 jalapenos
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. coarse sea salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 tsp. coriander
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 2 qt chicken stock
  • 4 c cooked chicken
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 avocado
  • 4 small radishes
  • 1 lime
  • queso fresco, optional

Instructions

  1. Cook, drain and rinse the hominy. Set aside.
  2. Husk and halve the tomatillos. Quarter the onion. Core, deseed and quarter the chiles. Chop the cilantro coarsely and set some aside for garnish.
  3. In a food processor, combine the halved tomatillos, quartered onion, poblanos and jalapeños, garlic, and chopped cilantro. Blend until smooth, adding a bit of filtered water if necessary and scraping down the sides of the bowl to incorporate all the bits.
  4. In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil, 2/3 of the tomatillo puree (reserving one third – leave in the blender), sea salt, coriander, and cumin. Cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the sauce turns a deep green, about 10 minutes.
  5. While this is cooking, add one quarter hominy to the blender with the reserved tomatillo mixture, and blend until smooth.
  6. Shred the cooked chicken if not done already.
  7. Add the chicken stock, shredded chicken, and the remaining three quarters of the the hominy. Bring to a simmer over moderate heat and cook until just heated through.
  8. Right before serving add the reserved tomatillo/hominy mixture into the soup. Season with additional sea salt, and fresh ground pepper to taste.
  9. Peel, pit and slice the avocado. Slice the radishes thinly and slice the lime into wedges.
  10. Garnish each bowl with avocado, radishes, reserved cilantro, and optional queso fresco. Serve with a wedge of lime.

Nutrition

  • 4
  • 1
  • 612
  • 44g
  • 44g
  • 10g
  • 26g
  • 5g
  • 114mg
  • 11g
  • 2844mg
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