Tomatillo Chicken

We sometimes do a version of this simply into the crock pot, but browning it is a nice touch.

1-2 Quarts Tomatillo Puree

1 tablespoon oil or fat

1 whole chicken (3 to 4 pounds), cut into 10 pieces

Coarse salt and ground pepper

2 jalapenos, chopped (could use dried or pickled)

1/2 medium white onion, chopped

3 garlic cloves, finely chopped

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

1/4 cup chopped fresh, cilantro



STEP 1 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.

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.


NOTE: some added cumin or coriander might also be nice! 

And you could spice it up with hot sauce if you want.