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March 21, 2012

Recipe for quick and easy green posole soup with chicken


Karen brought this green posole soup with chicken to our January Soup Swap, and I managed to snag a quart. With a bit of help from the grocery store, this hearty soup definitely qualifies as a quick-and-easy meal-in-a-bowl. Start with a rotisserie chicken, bottled tomatillo salsa, and canned hominy (white or yellow corn without the germ or hull -- it looks like exploded corn kernels). Shredding the chicken will be the most time-consuming task, and you can do that while the onion is cooking. I wanted you to see the basic soup, so I haven't topped it with all of the goodies Karen suggests, but when you make it at home, have fun and load up on those garnishes.

Green posole soup with chicken

Adapted by Karen from Sara's Secrets to Weeknight Meals by Sara Moulton. Serves 6-8.


1 Tbsp canola or vegetable oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 cup bottled green salsa (I like Trader Joe's tomatillo salsa)
4 cups store-bought or homemade chicken broth
1 rotisserie chicken, skin and bones discarded and meat shredded
2 15-oz cans white hominy, rinsed and drained
Kosher salt and fresh black pepper, to taste

For garnish, small bowls of: finely chopped onion, chopped avocado, toasted pepitas, chopped cilantro, slivered radishes, chopped cucumber, shredded Napa cabbage, grated cheese, and tortilla chips


In a Dutch oven or heavy stock pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 3-4 minutes. Add the salsa and cook for another 5 minutes.

Add the chicken broth and simmer, partially covered, for 10 minutes. Then stir in the chicken and hominy, and simmer until heated through. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.

To serve, ladle into individual bowls. Set out bowls of many garnishes, and let everyone fix their own.

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Posted by: Kalyn | March 21, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Oh how my dad would have loved this recipe!

Posted by: CJ McD | March 21, 2012 at 10:59 PM

Quick. Easy. And it looks delicious! Thank you for another life saving recipe.

Posted by: Lydia (Soup Chick) | March 22, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Kalyn, we never had any soup with hominy when I was growing up, but I imagine my dad might have liked this, too.

CJ, the "shortcuts" don't diminish the flavor at all. This is a great, hearty soup.

Posted by: Sissygirl | March 26, 2012 at 06:56 PM

Is the hominy soft or still the same as in the can, after cooking it? My hubby has dental needs and can't chew too 'rubbery' consistencies. Thank You, Sissygirl

Photo looks Soooo Good! :)

Posted by: Lydia (Soup Chick) | March 26, 2012 at 07:13 PM

Sissygirl, the hominy does soften quite a bit, the longer you cook it, the softer it gets.

Posted by: katie | April 9, 2012 at 10:59 AM

yum this sounds awesome. I love hominy but have never cooked with it only eaten it while dining out.

Posted by: Martha@ Simple Nourished Living | September 6, 2012 at 12:15 AM

I was surfing around the internet looking for an easy chicken posole recipe to make with the leftover rotisserie chicken from tonight's dinner and voila - here I found just what I had in mind! Have bookmarked for tomorrow when I'll make half a batch, which should be perfect for our little family of 3. Thanks so much.

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