Alright guys - it's still freezing pretty much everywhere so let's make some Chicken Chili Verde for lunches and dinners.
Chicken Chili Verde was a HIT when we were kids growing up in Tucson. I'd go over to my best friends house anytime this was on the menu. Literally it's one of the easiest things to make and I can't get enough. It's especially perfect because it's feels freezing in LA right now and I know that means it's even colder in the rest of the country. It's 100% healthy if you leave out the chips and just serve it on it's own as a soup/chili/stew. Trust me, you're going to want this one on regular rotation for the next few months. It's that good.
The cooking method is similar to how we make my Mexican shredded chicken. And it also has the most delicious peppery base with poblanos and other assorted peppers that are easy to come by at the grocery store! Ugh, literally can't get enough!
A word about the peppers in this recipe:
Poblano peppers are commonly mislabeled at the grocery store - sometimes they are called Pasilla peppers. They are dark green and shiny. And while they have a little bit of smokiness to them, they are not spicy once cooked!
Anaheim peppers are light green and not spicy at all! If you can't find them in the produce section, I've seen them a time or two in the canned food aisle and you could easily substitute the canned peppers in this recipe. No need to roast them if you're using canned.
Jalapeño pepper - I think we all know what these are. If you want to majorly cut down on spice, just use half. But this recipe isn't super spicy as is!! But just a heads up if you're making it for say, a 3 year old, maybe omit the jalapeño.
Chicken Chili Verde
- 2 pounds tomatillos husked and halved
- 3 poblano peppers halved
- 2 anaheim peppers halved
- 1 jalapeño pepper halved
- 1 yellow onion thinly sliced
- 6 garlic cloves
- 1 bunch cilantro stems removed
- 1 lime juiced
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 1 ½ lbs chicken thighs boneless, skinless
- Place tomatillos cut side down, poblano peppers, anaheim peppers, jalapeños and unpeeled garlic cloves on a foil-lined large baking sheet. Place in the oven on broil for 10 minutes or until the tomatillos and peppers char.
- Transfer the poblano and jalapeno peppers to a glass bowl and seal with plastic wrap to steam (leave the tomatillos and garlic on the baking sheet for now). After steaming for 10 minutes, remove skin and discard.
- In a blender, combine the tomatillos and all their juices, peeled garlic cloves, assorted roasted and peeled peppers, cilantro, lime juice, cumin, salt, pepper and chicken stock. Blend the ingredients until they are well combined.
- Season chicken thighs with 1 teaspoon kosher salt and 1 teaspoon ground black pepper.
- In a large heavy bottom skillet or dutch oven, add 2 tablespoon olive oil and heat over medium high heat. Add the chicken and sear both sides until golden brown. Add the onions and saute for a few minutes before adding the mixture from the blender. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat to medium and cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes until the chicken is cooked through and shreds easily with a fork. Taste and adjust salt and pepper as needed.
- Serve in a bowl with tortilla chips on the side and tons cilantro on top.