Nothing Like Chile Verde Recipe

Nothing Like Chile Verde

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  • vegetable oil for the pan
  • 12 ounces chicken meat, cut into pieces
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 cup (packed) fresh minced parsley
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • salt and black pepper
  • four cloves of garlic, minced
  • 7 ounces tomato concassé
  • jalapeño or other hot pepper, minced, to taste
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion (or more, or less, or none, per your taste), diced small
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • water or chicken stock

How to make Nothing Like Chile Verde

It's funny what can happen to a recipe over time. This dish is something that my family makes, except they call it "chile verde." The truth, I'm afraid, is that real Mexican chile verde is a pork dish, with an insanely delicious sauce made out of tomatillos and green chiles. The recipe that follows probably started off with pork and tomatillos, but then somewhere along the line someone substituted chicken for pork, tomatoes for tomatillos, left out the onions (and then added them back in again later)... It's total gringa food, but nonetheless very tasty, calls for ingredients that are usually on hand, and is delicious any time of the year.

  1. Heat a small amount of oil in a saucepan or soup pot.
  2. Add chicken pieces, in batches if your pot is small, and brown well.
  3. Add garlic, pepper, onion and spices. Toast briefly, then deglaze pan with water or chicken stock. You'll want to add just enough liquid to cover the lot.
  4. Add tomato and lemon juice.
  5. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook until chicken is very tender. I usually give it an afternoon on the stove, if I've got the time.
  6. Stir in parsley, season to taste with salt and pepper.
  7. Serve over white rice or with tortillas.

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  • yongfook
    yongfook says

    heh I had to google "tomatillos"...looks wonderful! love the mexican-ish tag too...

  • mightychef
    mightychef says

    I knoe that your description and ingredient list trll us that there are no onions in this dish, But I think I spy an onion piece in the very front of the picture. It really looks like an onion, and there is nothing else in the dish that looks like an onion. I am going to make this dish, and I am going to include some onions. Mightychef

  • MissJ9
    MissJ9 says

    Sigh. You caught me, OK? That's onion, of course it is. Couldn't be anything else. And it makes sense - 'cause what's a Mexican-ish dish without onion? So here's the deal: you go ahead and use onions. I did, 'cause I had this sad little quarter onion dying in my fridge. When I opened the door, looking for my chicken base, it just looked up at me with these big ol' watery onion eyes as if to say "I know you're making something for me. I smell the cumin, you know." So I hacked it up and put it in, a mercy killing. I'll even amend the recipe, now that I've been caught...

  • chun44u
    chun44u says

    haha lolz!

  • pyquila
    pyquila says

    Made this yesterday, sort of.. Mutilated it further by substituting the chicken with fish, parsley with koriander and using fresh tomatoes. And it was great! Still tasted very much like a 'mexican-ish' dish =)

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