Green Chile, Chicken, Posole Soup
This chile pepper is often mislabeled ‘Pasilla’, which is a different pepper entirely.It is one of the most popular chiles in Mexico and has won the appreciation of many a chef worldwide because of the superior flavor it has over regular bell peppers.
They have a tough outer skin that usually requires roasting and peeling before use. These very large chile peppers are most popular in chiles rellenos recipes, but cooking with these as a substitute for bell peppers in any recipe will enhance the flavor.
2 pounds green Poblano chile peppers
1 pound chicken breast, roasted or bbq’d
2 cups posole (Rancho Gordo is my favorite)
1 medium onion, diced
1 large bunch of fresh oregano
6 cups chicken stock
1/2 head of Napa cabbage, shredded
3 or 4 cloves of garlic, peeled
1 lime, cut into wedges
salt to taste
Soak the posole for at least 3 hours or overnight. Add 10 cups of water and about 3 or 4 cloves of peeled garlic and cook over medium heat for about 3 hours or until tender to the taste. Watch carefully as it is cooking and add more water as needed.
Roast the Poblano peppers over a gas flame, under a broiler or easiest of all , on the BBQ. After all sides are blackened, cover them in a bowl or place in a plastic bag or paper bag. Cool and the skins will slip off effortlessly. Remove the stem and the seeds.
Saute the onions in a little bit of olive oil. Roast the chicken breasts. (or BBQ them) Shred the chicken. In a blender, put the sauteed onions, the garlic cloves, about a third to half of the cooked posole, 3 tablespoons of fresh oregano, the peppers and 4 cups of the chicken stock and blend until smooth. (you may have to do a couple batches) Pour the blended mixture into the pot with the remaining posole and add the shredded chicken and the remaining 2 cups of chicken stock and simmer for at least an hour. If the soup seems too thick, add some more chicken stock or water.
Shred the Napa cabbage and strip the leaves off the oregano. To serve the soup, ladle into soup bowls, put a small mound of cabbage on top and garnish with oregano. Serve with a wedge of fresh lime.