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Chicken Pozole

Posted by Courtney Schupp | January 18, 2022

Prep time: 10 minutes | Cooking time: 2 hours | Servings: 6


  • 1 chicken (whole, skinned and cut into pieces)
  • 8 cups water
  • 1/2 cup onion (chopped)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 tablespoon chili powder
  • 8 cans tomato sauce (8 ounce)
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano (dried)
  • 2 cups canned hominy, white or yellow (2 – 15 ounce cans, rinsed and drained)
  • 3 cups iceberg lettuce (shredded)
  • 6 lime wedges

Live Well Tips

  • This traditional Mexican soup is typically made with hominy and meat.
  • Hominy can be found in the canned isle of the grocery store.
  • Garnish with cabbage, onion, radishes, avocado or add salsa for an extra kick!


  1. Wash hands with soap and water.
  2. Put chicken pieces in a large pot and cover with the 8 cups of water. Simmer over medium heat for 1 hour.
  3. Add the chopped onion, pepper, chili powder, tomato sauce, and oregano to simmering chicken.
  4. After the chicken is thoroughly cooked through, or temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit, take the pieces out of the pot and remove most of the bones from the chicken and the pot.
  5. Return chicken to the pot.
  6. Add the rinsed hominy to the pot of chicken and simmer for another 45 minutes.
  7. Serve with lettuce and a wedge of lime.

Cook Together! Making Recipe with Kids

This soup is easy to prepare and doesn’t need too much attention. Perfect for cold winter days!

Easy Tasks

  • Gather ingredients and equipment
  • Wash fresh foods, drain, and pat dry

Intermediate Tasks

  • Measure all ingredients and pour into pot
  • Open canned food
  • Rinse hominy
  • Tear iceberg lettuce

Difficult Tasks

  • Chop onions
  • Cut lime wedges
  • Remove bones from cooked chicken

Nutrition Facts

Serving size 1/6 of recipe: Calories–466; Protein–27g; Carbohydrate–24g; Total Fat–29g; Saturated Fat–8g; Cholesterol–95mg; Fiber–6g; Sodium–855mg; Vitamin C–5mg; Vitamin A–167mcg; Iron–4mg; Calcium–74mg

Adapted from Oregon State University, Cooperative Extension Service