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Recipe: Chicken Posole

It’s that time of the year between spring and summer when the days are warm but the nights are still kind of chilly. This week’s recipe is a cozy way to warm up on these brisk nights. Chicken posole (sometimes spelled pozole) is an awesome soup coming from Mexico. Posole has traditionally been eaten as part of celebrations in Mexican culture, but it is also a great meal to enjoy at any time! This posole recipe features a diverse blend of vegetables with chicken added to provide some extra protein! Posole is great because it works with so many different ingredients. Some posole recipes include garbanzo beans, tomatoes, and green onions as well. A popular way to enjoy posole is on the side with some quesadillas. Kind of puts a twist on the usual soup and sandwich combo!

While this recipe calls for canned chicken, I personally prefer to use frozen chicken breast myself. If you do plan on using canned chicken, make sure to check for a low-sodium option! The recipe itself is pretty straightforward, and each batch of posole can expect to serve at least six people!


  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 large carrots, chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1/2 tbsp garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 cans hominy, low-sodium
  • 1 can, chicken
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 tsp cayenne or jalapeño chiles, finely chopped with seeds removed
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp oregano (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper


  1. In a medium-sized pot, brown onions, carrots, celery, and garlic in vegetable oil over medium heat for 10 minutes.
  2. Add hominy, chicken, and water. If using cayenne pepper, jalapeño chilies, chili powder, or oregano. Mix well.
  3. Bring pot to a boil. Lower heat and cook for about 10 minutes.
  4. Add salt and pepper. Serve hot.

Nutritional Information:

  • Calories: 224
  • Cholesterol: 38 mg
  • Dietary Fiber: 5 g
  • Total Fat: 8.7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Sodium: 440 mg
  • Carbohydrate: 22 g
  • Sugars: 3 g
  • Protein: 15 g
  • Vitamin A: 145% DV*
  • Vitamin C: 8% DV
  • Calcium: 6% DV
  • Iron: 9% DV

* DV = Daily Values – how much of your daily percentage of nutrient that this recipe provides.

Recipe courtesy of United States Department of Agriculture.