Typically a pork dish, braised low and slow….I sometimes swap out chicken thighs for a quicker weeknight affair. Simple, but delicious and tasty enough to have people over for a casual meal. Serve with beans, charred tortillas, and Mexican beers! —olive
What You'll Need
chicken thighs, boneless
flour for dredging chicken
tomatillos, cleaned and halved
medium onion, quartered
cloves of garlic, smashed
1 1/2 cups
pepitas, (roasted pumpkin seeds)
1 1/2 cups
handful of torn cilantro
toasted cumin seeds
zest of one lime
1/2 a red onion, sliced into half moons
extra virgin olive oil
Flour chicken lightly and sear in hot olive oil until browned and crisp. Remove to a plate.
Roast at 375 - tomatillos, onion, garlic, and jalapeño in olive oil until soft. (about 20 minutes)
Blitz in a food processor or blender, the pepitas, cilantro, cumin seeds, and lime zest, adding chicken stock to form a rough saucy paste.
When veg is soft - cool a bit before adding to the cilantro paste and blitz again until incorporated. Loosen with a bit of stock if too thick. You want the sauce-not too thick, loose enough to be a saucy sauce. So add more stock if needed.
In a 375 preheated oven, to a casserole add; the chicken, the sauce, red onion slices, and a few torn cilantro stems and leaves. Braise for about an hour, uncovered- the chicken will be softly cooked, and melty, while the bits above the sauce and stock will be nicely roasted.
Serve with beans, charred corn tortillas, lime wedges, and chopped cilantro.