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Maria’s Tomatillo Chicken Stew

Tomatillo in Spanish means little tomato.  Some people call them a husk tomato.   They have a tart, almost lemony flavor.  Tomatillos should be stored at room temperature and used within a couple of days.  Tomatillos are the main ingredient in Salsa Verde.

Late last fall I spent some time in the farm store kitchen with Maria who is a great cook and baker.  She was preparing this recipe.

6-8 chicken thighs, bone in or boneless
Flour, salt and pepper for dredging
Heat ¼ c oil in a frying pan on medium-medium high heat adjust as needed.
Brown the chicken on both sides (the chicken will not be cooked through)

Remove the chicken from the oil and add : 1 large chopped onion and
3- 4 cloves of garlic chopped.  Sauté until lightly browned and soft.

Place the chicken the onions and garlic into a Dutch oven.

Remove the husk of 3-4 tomatillos, cut each tomatillo into 4 pieces and add to the pan with the chicken.  Add: 2 tomatoes cut into 8 pieces; 3-4 hot peppers, Serrano, jalapeno, ancho or whatever you have, chopped; ¼ – 1/3 c chopped cilantro

Add 3 cups of chicken broth, enough to cover the chicken and the vegetables.   Gently stir to combine all the ingredients.   Bring the stew to a boil and reduce to a gentle simmer.   Keep the pan covered for about 40minutesr and uncover and simmer for an additional ½ hour stirring occasionally, add additional liquid if necessary.  The tomatillos and tomatoes should break down into a sauce, the peppers should be tender.

Serve over rice.

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