Puebla Chicken and Potato Stew:Tinga Poblana de Pollo y Papas

Total Time:
45 min
10 min
35 min

4 servings

  • 2 pounds chicken thighs (with skin and bone)
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 large white onion, quartered
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 garlic cloves, unpeeled
  • 1 (14-ounce) can whole tomatoes in juice
  • 4 teaspoons chopped canned chipotle chiles in adobo
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano (preferably Mexican)
  • 1 (1 1/2-ounce) link dried Spanish chorizo (spicy cured pork sausage), finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pound boiling potatoes
  • 2 ounces crumbled queso fresco, ricotta salata, or farmer cheese (1/2 cup)
  • Accompaniments: avocado slices; warm corn tortillas
  • Bring chicken, water, 2 onion quarters, and 1 teaspoon salt to a boil, covered, in a 4 to 5-quart pot over moderately high heat. Boil 10 minutes, then remove from heat and let stand, covered, until chicken is just cooked through, about 10 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate, reserving broth with onion. When cool enough to handle, coarsely shred chicken, discarding skin and bones.

  • While chicken is cooking, heat a dry well-seasoned small cast iron skillet over moderate heat until hot, then brown garlic and remaining 2 onion quarters on all sides, turning with tongs, about 5 minutes. Peel garlic and transfer with onion to a blender. Add tomatoes with juice, chiles, and oregano, then puree until smooth.

  • Cook chorizo in oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over moderately high heat, stirring, until fat is rendered, about 2 minutes. Carefully add puree (it will splatter and steam) and cook, stirring frequently, until thick, about 10 minutes.

  • Peel potatoes and cut into 3/4-inch pieces, then add to reserved broth with remaining teaspoon salt. Simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are almost tender, about 10 minutes.

  • Add potatoes and onions to chorizo mixture along with 2 cups broth (save remainder for another use). Stir in chicken and simmer 10 minutes. Serve sprinkled with cheese.

  • Garnish with avocado slices and warm corn tortillas, if desired.

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