Easy Chicken Posole


This easy-to-make chicken and hominy soup is one of many great Mexican Christmas traditions, or simply delicious whenever you want to eat something warm and comforting. Garnish with thinly sliced radishes, shredded lettuce, finely chopped onion, chopped cilantro, and lime wedges, if you like.

close up view of Easy Chicken Posole in a bowl, garnished with herbs and lemon
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 30 mins


  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided

  • 2 ½ pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 ½ quarts chicken broth

  • 3 cups water

  • 4 tablespoons chili powder, or to taste

  • 2 teaspoons salt, or to taste

  • 1 teaspoon crumbled dried oregano

  • 3 cups white hominy, rinsed and drained

  • 10 tostada shells


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in a deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken breasts and cook until no longer pink and juices run clear, about 20 minutes; remove from skillet, drain, and cool. When completely cooled, shred chicken with a fork.

  2. Heat remaining 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in the same skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; cook and stir until soft and transparent, about 5 minutes. Return shredded chicken to the skillet. Stir in chicken broth, water, chili powder, salt, and oregano. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for about 90 minutes.

  3. Stir in hominy and cook until tender, about 15 minutes more. Taste to adjust seasonings, adding more salt and chili powder, if desired. Serve in soup bowls with a tostada shell. Garnish as desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

226 Calories
6g Fat
18g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 226
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 59mg 20%
Sodium 697mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 4mg 21%
Calcium 42mg 3%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 248mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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