Pozole Verde con Pollo (Green Chicken-and-Hominy Stew)
My pozole verde uses green chiles, cilantro, scallion and tomatillos to build a bright and flavorful green broth for this rich chicken stew. To create a velvety texture and depth of flavor, I add pepitas (green pumpkin seeds) before blending the base to thicken it. Using shredded rotisserie chicken cuts down on cooking time, making this stew perfect for a weeknight dinner.
Heat the bacon fat in a large heavy pot over medium-high heat. Add the poblanos, jalapenos, scallion whites, pepitas, garlic, salt, cumin, coriander and allspice. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are just tender, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatillos and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until they soften and begin to brown, 5 to 6 minutes.
Remove from the heat. Working in batches, transfer some of the vegetable mixture to a blender, add some of the chicken broth and puree. Transfer the pureed mixture to a large bowl and continue until all the vegetables and broth have been blended. Return the mixture to the pot and add the hominy. Place over high heat, bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until the flavors come together, about 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, combine the cilantro, scallion greens and 2 cups of water in the blender (you don't
need to rinse it out!) and puree until completely smooth.
Add the chicken and the cilantro puree to the stew, remove it from the heat and stir to combine. Let sit until the chicken is heated through. Serve the pozole with sliced onion, sliced radish, sliced avocado, crushed chicharrones, oregano and lime wedges.