Jocon de Pollo (Guatemalan Chicken with Tomatillo)

3
Lynn Clay

By
@LavenderLynn

This recipe is popular with the Mayan population of Guatemalan.

If you can' find pumpkin seeds, just use twice the amount of sesame seeds.

Rating:

★★★★★ 4 votes

Comments:
Serves:
4-6
Prep:
15 Min
Cook:
1 Hr 30 Min
Method:
Stove Top

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 - 3 lb
    chicken thighs
  • 4 c
    water
  • 2 tsp
    salt
  • 1/4 c
    pumpkin seeks (pepitas)
  • 1/4 c
    sesame seeds
  • 2
    corn tortillas, chopped, soaked in water, drained
  • 1 c
    tomatillos, hulled and chopped
  • 1 bunch
    cilantro, chopped
  • 1 bunch
    green onions, chopped
  • 1-3`
    jalapeno peppers, chopped

How to Make Jocon de Pollo (Guatemalan Chicken with Tomatillo)

Step-by-Step

  1. Place the chicken, water and salt into a large pot over medium-high flame. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  2. Remove the chicken to a bowl and strain and set aside the broth. Let chicken cool, then shred it with your fingers. Set aside.
  3. Heat a dry skillet over medium flame. Add the pumpkin and sesame seeds and toast, stirring, until lightly browned. Remove to a coffee grinder and grind to a fine powder.
  4. Add the sesame and pumpkin seeds, tortillas, tomatillos, cilantro, scallions and chile peppers to a food processor or blender. Add 1 cup of the reserved broth and process until smooth. If using a blender you may have to do this step in batches.
  5. Return the chicken to the pot. Pour over pureed sauce and add 1 to 1 1/2 cups of the remaining broth to give it a sauce-like consistency.
  6. Heat over medium-low flame and simmer for an additional 15-25 minutes. Adjust seasoning and serve.

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About Jocon de Pollo (Guatemalan Chicken with Tomatillo)

Course/Dish: Chicken
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: Latin American




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