A simple easy recipe for Instant Pot Chicken Pozole that can also be made on the stove top. A healthy, delicious, Mexican-inspired weeknight dinner that can be made in 30 minutes! Gluten-free!
This hearty Mexican soup called Pozole is simple to make and full of delicious flavor! It will leave you feeling satisfied and full without being loaded up with fat or calories.
In this recipe, I’ve substituted chicken instead of traditional pork. And the best part? It can be made in an instant pot or on the stovetop in a short amount of time. The soup actually tastes better and better over time, so make a batch ahead for midweek meals. You will feel comforted in knowing you have something nutritious and delicious waiting for you at home, when time feels short.
What is Pozole?
Pozole is a traditional Mexican stew or soup, typically made with hominy, braised pork and chilies. There are red versions called Pozole Rojo, made with dried red chilies., and green versions called Pozole Verde made with fresh green chilies.
In this version of Pozole Rojo Pollo, we are using dried red chilies to build the flavor. Instead of pork we are lightening it up a bit with chicken.
What type of Hominy to use?
In this recipe, use canned hominy or dried hominy that has been pre-cooked. You don’t want to use the cooking liquid of dried hominy in the soup itself – so if using dried hominy, drain this off and be sure to read the recipe notes. I will say, I’m partial to dried hominy because I love the toothsome texture. But the canned hominy is just fine too. We do it both ways at home! Using canned is obviously faster and more easily accessible.
How to make Chicken Pozole in an Instant Pot!| 60-sec video
Have I ever told you that September is my favorite month of the year? I love how cool and delicious the night air feels. And I especially love the transition into cooking warmer things like soups and stews. There is something so cozy about it, so soothing in a way. Not just the eating… but the cooking itself.
Cooking can be so comforting. So grounding, especially this time of year.
It’s a lovely thing to feel, simply being present with the task at hand, just being with the onions, when you are chopping them. Just being with cooking itself. Like a meditation, relaxing, mind-clearing. A gift.
Take the moments when you can…
The Chicken Pozole is so easy. I love its heartiness and flavor.
How to Garnish Pozole:
The fresh toppings are a must! Top Pozole with avocado, jalapeño, shredded cabbage, cilantro and if you like, a big dollop of sour cream.
The Chicken Pozole keeps for 5 days in the fridge (if properly cooled).
How to properly cool soup:
To properly cool soup, place it uncovered in the fridge after it cools on the counter to roughly room temp (about an hour). Store it something where soup is not more than 4 inches deep. So a wide, shallow container is best. Leave it uncovered in the fridge until thoroughly chilled overnight, then cover.
Ok enjoy the Chicken Pozole Roja!
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