Spicy Tomatillo Chicken

    55 minutes

    This is an authentic way of cooking chicken, simmered in a spicy tomatillo sauce. Serve with rice, beans and tortillas.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 1 (1 1/2 kg) whole chicken, cut into 6 pieces
    • 450g fresh tomatillos, husks removed
    • 5 dried chilli peppers
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 pinch salt to taste

    Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:55min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C. Place the tomatillos and chillies into a small roasting pan or a rimmed baking tray. Roast for about 20 minutes, turning frequently. If the chillies start to get too dark, remove them.
    2. Heat the oil in a large frypan over medium-high heat. Add chicken pieces and cook, turning to sear evenly on all sides.
    3. Combine the tomatillos and chillies in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Season with salt to taste. Pour this mixture in with the chicken. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until chicken is tender, 20 to 25 minutes.

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    Clear and easy instructions for a great tomatillo sauce. I used shredded chicken. Thank you!  -  01 May 2013


    The dish is a nice idea but the tomatillos have a very sourish flavor once roasted. You will need to cut the flavor with a small amount of suger.  -  06 Jan 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This was a great recipe! I did put a tablespoon of sugar in the blender with the tomatillos and peppers but that is all I changed. When I tasted the sauce at first I thought WOW! this is hot but after it cooked it had just the right amount of spice! I made rice to eat with it!  -  18 May 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)