Chicken Posole Soup


What’s this? Two posts in a row? Yep. I had to write about this recipe I tried yesterday and you know my family are the guinea pigs of all my cooking experiments. This was no different. Several shocking things occurred.

1. My onion-hating son ate more than half a bowl knowing there were diced onions in the soup.

2. My other son and my daughter, who dropped by for dinner, allowed me to teach them how to temper sour cream but with much teasing of me and my teaching methods.

3. I learned just how much my son knows how to cook. He also shared how girls react when he mentions he knows how to cook. hehehe

4. One ingredient, new to us, provided much laughter around the table.

Here is the recipe I used, from Martha Stewart’s site, with a few modifications.

Chicken Posole

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup tomato paste
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 4 cans (14.5 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 4 cups of water
  • 4 cans (15 ounces each) white hominy, drained
  • 6 3/4 cups shredded cooked chicken or turkey meat (2 pounds) I used a rotisserie chicken from the store
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Assorted garnishes, such as diced avocado, thinly sliced radishes, and crumbled tortilla chips (optional)

Directions:

  1. Heat oil in a 5-quart saucepan over medium heat. Add onions; cook until translucent, 3 to 5 minutes. Add garlic, tomato paste, chili powder, and oregano; cook, stirring constantly, until evenly distributed.
  2. Add 4 cups water, broth, and hominy. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to a simmer, and cook until fragrant, about 30 minutes.
  3. Stir in chicken; season with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Cook until heated through. If it’s too spicy, at this stage you can add some tempered sour cream or water. (To temper sour cream put sour cream in a bowl, add one ladle of hot broth from soup pot. Whisk until the sour cream is smooth and creamy, add to soup pot, stirring until incorporated thoroughly)
  4. To serve, divide among bowls, and garnish as desired. We used crushed tortilla chips, avocados and sour cream.

 

We were having so much fun around the table that I forgot to snap a few photos of the finished product. One thing we continued to laugh about is the word “hominy”. Someone called it “homily” and from then on it was referred to as homily instead of hominy. It was so funny. The two-word meanings could not be further apart so I guess that is why we laughed so much over using it. If you don’t know what a homily is, Google it!